Long stay visas for diplomatic or official passport holders

1- Long stay visa and residence permit in France

  • If you have been appointed by your government to work in an Embassy, a Consulate or an International Organisation, you will be provided with a residence card from the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs once in France.

  • If you have been appointed to work in other areas or to undergo training, you will have to apply for a « carte de séjour » upon your arrival.

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

3- How to make an appointment ?

Diplomatic passport holders and official passport holders are not required to to appear personally at the Consulate General of France in Chicago if they have been appointed by their government to work in an Embassy, a Consulate or an International Organisation.

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 :
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- 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.

4- Processing time

Processing time may take up to 3 weeks.

5- Requirements

  1. Two application forms->doc3868] (click here for the English version) filled out completely and signed by the applicant.

  2. One passport photo glued/stapled onto each application form (white background, full face, no glasses nor hat, closed mouth)

  3. 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.<

  4. If you are not a US citizen, copy of a valid U.S. permanent residence card ("green card"), a valid U.S. visa with valid I-94 or valid I-20, or an Advance Parole document.

  5. A verbal note from your Embassy or the US Department of State

  6. If you are not going to work in an Embassy, a Consulate or an International Organisation, a letter from the host organization.

  7. A self-addressed prepaid EXPRESS MAIL envelope from the US POST OFFICE ONLY - NO FEDEX / UPS / AIRBORNE EXPRESS accepted.

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

205N. Michigan Ave, Suite 3700
Your full name
Your address

6- 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 update: 04/17/2012

Last modified on 09/12/2016

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