Long stay visa for visitors

1. Long stay visa and residence permit in France

  • 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.

2. What is a visitor visa?

The "visitor" visa (or visa "D") allows you to enter France and stay for more than three months.

You need a long stay "visitor" visa if : you have suffficient income to stay in France without working (retired, sabbatical year…)

3. 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 :

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

4. How to make an appointment ?

For security reasons, all applicants have to appear personally at the Consulate General of France in Miami.

The visa section is open to the public on an appointment basis, with no walk-ins allowed.

Make an appointment by clicking here

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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.

5. Processing time

Processing time may take up to 21 days.

Applications cannot be processed more than 3 months ahead of time.

6. 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 (+ 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. One application form (in French, English or Spanish) filled out completely and signed by the applicant

  3. Processing fee

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

  5. Status in the US - If you are not a US citizen, copy of your green card or visa.

  6. Letter promising not to engage in any employment in France (signature certified by a notary public)

  7. Letter of employment in the US stating occupation and earnings

  8. Proof of means of income - letter from the bank, investment certificates, pension slips, …

  9. Proof of medical coverage abroad : a letter from your insurance company (NOT simply a copy of your insurance card) stating that you have international medical coverage, emergency evacuation and repatriation. If the letter does not explicitly mention evacuation/transportation and repatriation it won’t be accepted.
    If your insurance company does not provide this letter you will have to purchase an international traveler’s insurance such as TravelSafe, Seven corners, Axa Assistance, Medex, Europ Assistance, IMG, Travelex, Insuremytrip… and bring with you the letter detailing your coverage and amount (or Visa Letter).

  10. Marriage certificate or family book + Birth certificates for children

  11. If the applicant is under 18 years old :
    • notarized copy of his/her birth certificate
    • notarized authorization from both parents allowing their child to travel to France.
    • if the parents are divorced : certified copy of divorce decree stating that the parent accompanying the child(ren) has full custody of the child(ren).
    • note : at least one legal guardian must be present at the time of the application.

  12. Proof of accommodation in France (title deeds, lease or rental agreement)

  13. If you intend on staying in France for more than 6 months : One OFII residence form duly filled out (upper part only).

  14. 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

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 19/10/2017

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