Short stay visa to work in France

1- How to work in France for less than 90 days?

Foreign nationals planning to work in France during a short stay (less than 90 days) must obtain first a temporary work permit approved by the local division of the French Labor Department (DIRECCTE - Direction régionale des entreprises, de la concurrence et de la consommation, du travail et de l’emploi) or a "convention d’accueil" stamped by the Préfecture in the case of scientists, researchers or teachers.
They may also need a visa.

2- Do you need a visa to work in France for less than 90 days?

YES, except

    • if you are a citizen from Switzerland, Vatican, San Marino, Monaco, Andorra, the European economic area,

    • or if you are a national of the countries listed below, provided you hold a valid work permit or a "convention d’accueil" at the time of travel :

Australia Antigua and Barbuda Bahamas
Barbada Brazil Canada
Israel Japan Mauritius
Mexico Saint-Kitts and Nieves Seychelles
Singapore South Korea United States of America [1]

3- How to make an appointment ?

For security reasons, all applicants, except children under the age of 12, 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.

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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 depends on your citizenship :

15 days is the average processing time if you are a citizen from :

Afghanistan Algeria Bahrain
Bangladesh Belarus Burma
Burundi Congo DRC Egypt
Indonesia Iran Iraq
Jordan Kazakhstan North Korea
Kuwait Lebanon Libya
Mauritania Nigeria Oman
Pakistan Palestinians Philippines
Qatar US Re-entry permit US Refugee travel doc
Rwanda Saudi Arabia Sudan
Surinam Syria Yemen
United Arab Emirates Vietnam Zimbabwe

5- Requirements

ATTENTION: please read this important announcement before preparing your file:

From April 5th 2010, the implementation of the new Schengen code for the issue of visas will take effect.
On this occasion, we would like to remind all visa applicants that each file must be presented in exact duplicate (original of each document with their photocopies, as listed on the website).
The Consulate will, in no circumstance, make any photocopies and files can no longer be completed at a later stage.
All the files presented will be carefully examined by the Visa Department. However, we wish to emphasize the fact that if you do not produce all the requested documents (originals with their photocopies), the visa will be denied.
No exception will be made. For this reason, we do advise you to prepare your file with the utmost care in order to avoid any delays.

  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. Processing fee

  3. One application form filled out completely and signed by the applicant (please read carefully the explanations).

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

  5. Work authorization from then French authorities :

    • original of temporary work permit issued by the local division of the Labor Department in France + ONE COPY,

    • or original of "convention d’accueil" endorsed by the Préfecture + TWO COPIES

  6. A U.S. permanent residence card ("green card") or a valid US visa with valid I-94 / valid I-20, or an Advance Parole document
    We do NOT accept applications from B1/B2 visa holders. They must apply in their country of residence.

  7. 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 3700
Your full name
Your address

If you wish you may collect your passport in person in which case an envelope is not necessary

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 Franve. The visa itself does not grant the right to enter France.

Last update : 10/20/2017

[1US journalists and official/diplomatic passport holders on a mission are still required to obtain a visa.

Last modified on 20/10/2017

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