Long stay visa for the spouse of a French national
- Starting June 1st, 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. They will no longer be required to obtain a residence permit ("carte de séjour") from the French local authorities ("Préfecture") as long as their visa is valid.
- However, long stay visa holders will have to register to the French Office of Immigration and Integration (OFII) during the first three months of their stay in France.
|Please note that the new regulations applicable from the 1st of June 2009 will require a longer processing time to issue long stay visas that will serve as first residence permits.|
Yes except if you are a citizen of Switzerland, Andorra, Vatican, San Marino, Monaco or of the European Economic Area :
Also special rules apply for family members of an European Union citizen.
For security reasons, all applicants have to appear personally at the Consulate General of France in Miami. This is not negotiable.
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 .
Applicants who arrive late at the Consulate or without all the required documents will be turned away.
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 (originals and copies) when coming to the Consulate General.
2 months for citizens from :
|Yemen||United Arab Emirates||Zimbabwe|
It may take about 21 days for all other nationalities.
Applications cannot be processed more than 3 months ahead of time.
|Please provide us with the original + 1 copy of each document. The visa section does not make any copies, you must bring your documents and the required copies.|
|Applications are processed free of charge for spouses of French citizens|
- 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.
- One application form (in French, English or Spanish) filled out completely and signed by the applicant
- One ID picture glued/stapled onto the application form (white background, full face, no glasses nor hat, closed mouth)
- Proof of marriage : family book "Livret de famille" (+ ONE COPY)
- Proof of Spouse’s nationality : spouse’s original « carte nationale d’identité » or passport or consular registration card (« carte consulaire ») or « certificat de nationalité française » or the « ampliation du décret de naturalisation ou réintégration » of your French spouse (+ ONE COPY)
- One OFII residence form duly filled out (upper part only).
- In case that you do not want to pick up your passport in person, a self-addressed prepaid envelope from the US POST OFFICE (Express or Priority Mail) - FEDEX or UPS .Please stick the mailing label on the envelope and fill out as follows :
|Your full name|
- 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.