Long stay visa for scientists, researchers or university teachers

1. Long stay visa and residence permit

-* You must obtain your scientist 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
Sweden


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.

Make an appointment by clicking here

To use the system, the following configuration is required :
- Firefox 1.0 and higher
- Mozilla 1.7.8 and higher
- Microsoft Internet Explorer 6.0 and higher
- Adobe Acrobat reader and higher
- allow pop-ups

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

- 1 month 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 -
- Rwanda Saudi Arabia
Sudan Suriname Syria
Yemen United Arab Emirates Zimbabwe


- It can take up to 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. Original "Protocole / Convention d’accueil" (equivalent of a work contract) provided and stamped by your host in France and stamped by the Préfecture + 1 photocopy. If the institution/organization hosting you in France is not amongst the ones allowed to issue a "Protocole d’Accueil", you will be required to apply for a regular Work Visa

  6. 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.

  7. One OFII residence form duly filled out (upper part only).


  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 :

FROM:
LEAVE BLANK
TO:
Your full name
Your address

6. Requirements for spouses and children

  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 (English version - Spanish version) 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. Marriage Licence for the spouse + 1 copy / Birth Certificate for the Children + 1 copy

  6. 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.

  7. For adults only : one residence form duly filled out (upper part only). English version - Spanish version.


  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 :

FROM:
LEAVE BLANK
TO:
Your full name
Your address

7. 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 modified on 14/07/2017

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