Long stay visa to work in France

1- Long stay visa and residence permit in France

  • long stay visa holders are allowed to reside in France for up to 12 months according to the validity of their visa and purpose of stay.

2- Do I need a visa ?

Yes except if you are a citizen of Switzerland, Andorra, Vatican, San Marino, Monaco or of the European Economic Area :

Austria Belgium Bulgaria Cyprus
Czech Republic Denmark Estonia Finland
Germany Great-Britain Greece Hungary
Iceland Ireland Italy Latvia
Liechtenstein Lithuania Luxembourg Malta
The Netherlands Norway Poland Portugal
Romania Slovakia Slovenia Spain

Also special rules apply for family members of an European Union citizen.

3- How to obtain a long stay visa to work in France ?

- Any foreigner wishing to work in France must first find a job on his/her own.

- Then the employer in France must draw up a work contract and send it to the local Employment Office (Direction Départementale du Travail et de l’Emploi, in other words, French Ministry of Labour). This contract, if approved, will then be sent for final approval to :

- Once endorsed by this office, the contract is directly transmitted to the appropriate French Consulate, where the visa is issued.

- Note that if the worker wishes to move to France with a spouse and/or children, it is imperative that the procedure of "accompanying family member" be started by the employer through the OFII along with the employee’s file.

- Once the file has been transfered, the Consulate will send a letter to the home address of the applicant, requiring each passport holder to come in person - except for children under 6 - to apply for the long stay visa.

- Then the applicant will have to take an appointment according to his/her own availability.

4- How to make an appointment ?

For security reasons, all applicants, except children under the age of 6, have to appear personally at the Consulate General of France in Chicago.

Please bear in mind that applications cannot be processed more than 3 months before your departure date.

The visa section is open to the public on an appointment basis, with no walk-ins allowed.

Make an appointment by clicking here

To use the system, the following configuration is required :
- Firefox 1.0 and higher
- Mozilla 1.7.8 and higher
- Microsoft Internet Explorer 6.0 and higher
- Adobe Acrobat reader and higher
- allow pop-ups

IF YOU CANNOT PRINT YOUR CONFIRMATION RECEIPT IT IS NOT A PROBLEM. Simply show up on the date and time of your appointment .

No appointment can be made by phone or by e-mailing us. If you are not able to attend, please free a slot by canceling your appointment.

Make sure you bring all the required documents when coming to the Consulate General.

5- Processing time

- 2 months for citizens from :

Afghanistan Algeria Bahrain
Burma Burundi Colombia
Congo DRC Egypt Indonesia
Iraq Iran Jordan
North Korea Kuwait Lebanon
Libya Oman Pakistan
Palestinians Philippines Qatar
US Re-entry permit US Refugee travel document Rwanda
Saudi Arabia Sudan Suriname
Syria Yemen United Arab Emirates

- It may take about 21 days for all other nationalities.

6- Requirements

  1. Original passport or travel document (+ ONE COPY of the identity pages). Your passport must have been issued less than 10 years ago, be valid for at least three months after your return to the US and have at least 2 blank visas pages left.

  2. One application form (click here for the English version) filled out completely and signed by the applicant.

  3. Processing fee

  4. One US passport size photo on a white background with no glasses and no hat and please do not smile

  5. One residence form duly filled out (upper part only)

  6. A self-addressed prepaid EXPRESS MAIL envelope from the US POST OFFICE ONLY - NO FEDEX / UPS / AIRBORNE EXPRESS accepted.You may use one envelope per family if you buy `flat rate`

    Please do NOT stick the mailing label on the envelope and fill out as follows :

205N. Michigan Ave, Suite 3760
Your full name
Your address

7- Important information

  • The consular administration has full authority to evaluate and request more documents than those submitted by the applicant.

  • Please be aware that submitting the aforementioned documents does not guarantee the approval of the visa.

  • Please note that holders of visas are still subject to immigration control upon first entry into France. The visa itself does not grant the right to enter France.

Last modified on 23/10/2017

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