Long stay visa for internship

1. Long stay visa and residence permit

  • If you plan on staying in France for longer than 3 months, you will need, in addition to the visa, to apply for a residence permit ("carte de séjour") within two months of entry into France.

  • For that purpose, the visa you will be issued will only be valid to allow your entry into the French territory (3 months validity).

  • You will then need to go to the Prefecture (local administration office) to apply for that residence permit, which will be valid for 1 year, renewable in France. You will not be able to get this permit without first getting the visa in your country of residence.

  • You must obtain your student/internship visa while in the USA. The visa cannot be issued once the applicant is in France.

2. Do I need a visa ?

Yes except if you are a citizen of Switzerland, Andorra, Vatican, San Marino, Monaco or of the European Economic Area :

Austria Belgium Bulgaria Cyprus
Czech Republic Denmark Estonia Finland
Germany Great-Britain Greece Hungary
Iceland Ireland Italy Latvia
Liechtenstein Lithuania Luxembourg Malta
The Netherlands Norway Poland Portugal
Romania Slovakia Slovenia Spain

Also special rules apply for family members of an European Union citizen.

3. How to make an appointment ?

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.

4. Processing time

- 2 months for citizens from :

Afghanistan Algeria Bahrain
Burma Burundi Congo DRC
Egypt Indonesia Iraq
Iran Jordan North Korea
Kuwait Lebanon Libya
Oman Pakistan Palestinians
Philippines Qatar US Re-entry permit
US Refugee travel document Rwanda Saudi Arabia
Sudan Suriname Syria
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.

5. Requirements

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.

  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 (in French, English or Spanish) filled out completely and signed by the applicant

  4. One ID picture glued/stapled onto the application form (white background, full face, no glasses nor hat, closed mouth)

  5. The "convention de stage" (original + one copy) signed by you, your employer in France and your school or university, and stamped by the French Labor Department (DDTEFP or DIRRECTE)

  6. Financial guarantee such as a notarized statement certifying that the applicant will be provided with a monthly allowance of $800.00 for the duration of his/her stay in France, or a proof of personal income and your last three bank statements.

  7. If you are not a U.S. citizen : a valid U.S. permanent residence card ("green card") or a valid U.S. visa with valid I-94 or valid I-20, or an Advance Parole document.

  8. 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
Your address

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

Last update: 03/31/2011

contact : visas@consulfrance-miami.org

Last modified on 14/07/2017

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