Visa requirements for American passports holders
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 travel to any other Schengen country(ies) for an extra 90 days (without a visa).
If you plan to work in France (Overseas department and territories excepted) for up to 90 days, you are NOT required to have a visa except if you are :
a diplomatic / official passport holder on a mission;
However salaried employees are required to obtain a valid work permit by the French labor authorities before entering France. This document replaces the visa and should be presented during border control.
American passport holders are all required to obtain a visa to spend more than 3 months in France.
The requirements and processing times vary depending on the purpose of the stay.
Note that you may only apply for one type of visa and that if you enter France with a specific visa it is rarely possible to change your status without having to come back to the U.S.A.
Please choose one of the type of visa that applies to your situation in our long stay visas pages.