General Information

  • Do I need a visa ?

    There are several categories of visa.
    The visa will depend on the type of travel document, nationality, length (more or less than 90 days) and place of stay (Schengen Area or French overseas). The followings rules (...)

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  • When to apply?

    You cannot apply more than 3 months prior to your departure date.
    However, as slots are limited, it is strongly recommended to make an appointment as early as possible. Applicants should be aware that the visa (...)

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  • How to apply?

    You may apply for a visa at the Consulate General of France in New York if you are resident in the following states: New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and Bermuda.

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  • Photo requirements

    All photographs provided with a visa application must be : recent (taken less than 90 days ago); in color on a plain white background; of full front view; taken facing the camera; no side or angled view are acceptable; chin to top of hair should measure about 1".

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  • Documents needed when entering France

    Whether or not you are required to obtain a visa before travelling, even if you are an American citizen, you may be requested to show the following elements to the French immigration officers upon arrival.

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  • Long stay visa and residence permit

    As of June 1, 2009, long stay visa holders will be allowed to reside in France for up to 12 months according to the validity of their visa and purpose of stay.

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  • Visa requirements for American passports holders

    Short stay visa (less than 90 days) requirements
    American passport holders are not required to obtain a visa prior to visiting France -as tourists- for up to 90 days per semester (6 months) and can additionally (...)

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  • Visa requirements for European passport holders

    Citizens of Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Iceland or of the European Union do NOT need any visa to enter France, no matter what the purpose or the duration of the stay is.

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  • Visa requirements for other passport holders

    Short stay visa (less than 90 days) requirements
    If you are not an American or an European passport holder, you may need a visa prior to travel to France for less than 90 days. Please choose one of the type of visa (...)

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  • Processing times

    Short Stay Schengen Visa Processing
    Depending on your nationality, the type of visa you apply for or the type of passport you hold, the visa can be issued the same day or between 1 and 3 weeks.
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