Short stay visa for domestic staff


General Information

The French Consulate will only accept applications from residents of New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and Bermuda.

We do NOT accept applications from holders of US visas B1/B2. They must apply in their country of residence.

Please be advised that visa applications by mail are not accepted.

The Consular Administration has full authority to evaluate and request more documents than those submitted by the applicant. Obtaining a visa is not always guaranteed and does not in itself grant you the right to enter a French or Schengen territory. It is therefore necessary that you always carry with you the original documents used to obtain the visa.


If you intend to visit several Schengen countries, you must apply at the consulate of the country that is your main destination meaning the country where you will be staying the most number of nights.

If you intend to visit several Schengen countries but do not have a main destination or will be staying the same amount of time in each of them, you must apply at the Consulate of the country you will enter first.

If you do not need a visa for the Schengen country that is your main destination, please note that a visa may be required for other Schengen countries.

If the applicant is under 18 years old, he/she must apply with at least one of his/her parents. Please present both nothorized parental authorization forms -allowing the applicant to travel to France and other Schengen countries- plus a copy of the child’s birth certificate and a copy of both parents passports.

You may only apply for your visa within 90 days of your departure, not any sooner.

The Visa section will not make any photocopies

From April 5th 2010, the implementation of the new Schengen code for the issue of visas is in 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.

Therefore, reapplying will mean the rescheduling of an appointment and full repayment of the visa fee.

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.

Please submit the following documents in original and 1 copy per applicant

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1 Application form

The form must be completely and legibly filled in with black or blue ink, signed by the applicant and dated.

2 Color photos

- The color photos must be recent, passport size - 2" x 2" (4,5cm x 4,5cm) and showing the full face, the forehead hairline and ears on a white background ; pictures must be without glasses, no scarf, nor hat and no smile. Click here

Passeport or travel document
(+1 copy of the identity page and the validity of the passport)

Valid for at least three months following the last day of your stay in France.

- The validity of your passport cannot exceed 10 years from the date of first issuance. Make sure the passport has at least two blank pages left for visa purpose. Only these pages can be endorsed with the visa. Amendment pages can in no way be used for visas.

If the name on the passport is different than the name on the green card, please provide a copy of your marriage certificate or other document explaining the discrepency.

For non-US citizens

A U.S.A. residency card (Green Card) valid for at least three months following the last day of your stay in France.If the name on the passport is different than the name on the Green Card, please provide a copy of your marriage certificate or other document that explains that discrepency. (+1 copy)
I-551 stamp, (+1 copy)
a USA visa valid for at least three months following the last day of your stay in France, with I-94 (if J1 provid also J1 form), (if F1 visa provid also a valid I-20 form signed by your school), (+1 copy)
an Advanced Parole, which must be valid for at least 90 days beyond the last day in France. (+1copy)

Flight Reservation (+1 copy)

- Complete personal itinerary or round trip ticket with confirmed dates. Open tickets are not accepted. You can book your trip but without purchasing them until the visa has been approved.

Proof of accomodation (for the whole length of your stay) (+1 copy)

- confirmed and personal reservation by fax from the hotel(s) in France and in the Schengen countries to be visited and which must be sent directly to you and not to the Consulate, confirming your reservations for each night you will spend in France and the Schengen States (we do not accept emails nor online internet reservation confirmations),
- personal hotel vouchers confirming your booking for a tour with names and addresses of all hotels with the number of nights stay in each (+1 copy),
- if you are staying with family or friend(s) you must present a certificate of board and lodging "Attestation d’Accueil", which has to be obtained by your relatives or friends at the city hall ("Mairie") + copy. The original needs to be stamped by this consulate to be valid and should be presented upon arrival in France.

Financial guarantees (+1 copy)

Proof that you have at least 100 U.S.Dollars per day for each day you will stay in the Schengen countries. To be submitted in the four following forms:

- your last 3 monthly bank statements in US currency and not a summary (+1 copy), Internet printed copies are not accepted unless they bare the account holder’s name.
- your last 3 paystubs (+1 copy),
- A letter from the employer (+ 1 copy) stating that he/she will be financially responsible during the whole stay of the applicant in France, plus a photocopy of the employer’s latest bank statement (+ 1 copy)
- A statement from the employer (+ 1 copy) in which he/she declares that he/she will pay all the necessary fees with the "U.R.S.S.A.F" upon arrival in France. Please also provide a photocopy of the employer’s passport.
- The original (+ 1 copy) of the French work permit, form "CERFA N°13647-02", duly approved and signed by the French Labor Department (DIRECCTE)

Medical Insurance (+1 copy)

- A letter from an insurance company (+1 copy) stating that you will be covered for any medical, hospitalization and repatriation expenses (the three words must be written) for at least $45,000 during your stay in the Schengen countries. If your current insurance company does not provide such a coverage, please find an international insurance company (and ask for the letter mentioned above with the three words).

Work permit (+1 copy)

The work permit must be approved by the French Labour Department DIRECCTE (Direction Régionale des Entreprises, de la Concurrence, de la Consommation, du Travail et de l’Emploi)

Procedure to be followed:

Well before the date of departure, the employer must complete and sign one copy of this form bellow and send it by email to the relevent (DIRECCTE).

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For Saint-Barthelemy:

The employer must also include to his/her work permit application:

- a request for a work permit for his employee, indicating the address where they will be staying in France or in the DOM/TOM
- a copy of his employee’s passport and a passport photograph
- a written statement by the employer agreeing to register with theU.R.S.S.A.F ("Union de Recouvrement des Cotisations de Sécurité Sociale et d’Allocations Familiales") in Strasbourg.

How to register with the U.R.S.S.A.F in Strasbourg

For your information only. This final formality is not requested for the visa application. Only a letter of agreement from the employer is required at the time of the visa application.

The registration with the U.R.S.S.A.F (Union de Recouvrement des Cotisations de Sécurité Sociale et d’Allocations Familiales) must be made by the employer in order to pay social security contributions. This procedure is completed by e-mail, only to the following address:, whether you stay in a French Département or in an overseas Département.

First of all, it is necessary to send to the U.R.S.S.A.F in Strasbourg the form number SE 404-02 which you can obtain from the following American administration:

Department of Health and Human Services (D.H.H.S)
Social Security Administration
O.I.O Totalization P.O.
P.O. BOX 17049
BALTIMORE, MD 21235 7049
Fax: 410 966 1861


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Last modified on 15/11/2017

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