Long stay visa for Spouses of a French National: French Polynesia, New Caledonia, etc. (TOM)

Warning: This procedure does NOT apply to France and French overseas departments.

The French overseas territories are :
French Polynesia
New Caledonia
Wallis and Futuna
St Pierre and Miquelon
French Austral territories

Do I need a visa?

- YES, except if you are a citizen of one of the following countries:

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

Special rules apply for family members of an European Union citizen.

Processing time

- Between 1 to 3 months

Applications cannot be processed more than 3 months ahead of time.
Please apply in advance, do not wait the last minute.


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.

- Original passport (+ ONE COPY of the identity pages)

  • Must be valid for at least three months after your return to the US
  • Has least two blank pages left to affix the visa (amendment pages are not suitable for visas).
  • Has been delivered less than 10 years ago (first issuance)
  • Be in good condition.

Refugee travel documents and US Re-entry permits are not accepted.
Diplomatic and special passports are not accepted

B1-B2 visa holders: Please, apply in the country of your residence. No visas will be delivered to foreigners holding U.S B1-B2 visas.

- One long stay visa application form filled out completely and signed by the applicant.

- Two ID pictures. Do not glu or staple.
More details on photograph requirements.

- Proof of marriage : "Livret de famille" (+ ONE COPY)

You MUST obtain a "Livret de Famille" from the French authorities BEFORE you apply for a visa. No exceptions will be granted.

If you were married in the United States, you MUST transcribe your marriage at the consulate of jurisdiction depending on the state where the marriage was celebrated. The Los Angeles consulate transcribe marriages celebrated in Southern California, Southern Nevada, Colorado, New Mexico and Arizona.

For more information on how to transcribe your marriage at the French consulate, please consult this page (in French)

Please note that a "PACS" (Pacte civil de solidarité) is NOT considered as a marriage.

- Proof of Spouse’s nationality : spouse’s original "carte nationale d’identité" 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)

- Relevant documents concerning proof of residency of the French spouse or his/her intention to reside in French Overseas Territories.. (i.e work contract, rental agreement in French Overseas Territories,...) (+ ONE COPY)

- Proof of financial means : your last 3 bank statements showing monthly balance and your name (+ ONE COPY)

- For French Polynesia only: "Attestation engagement de n’exercer aucune profession sans autorisation"

PDF - 4.9 kb
Attestation VPF
(PDF - 4.9 kb)

- For French Polynesia only:

  • A letter from your insurance company stating that you are covered abroad or a travel insurance to be purchased from a travel agency (minimum amount of 50,000 US$). (+ ONE COPY)
    • The letter must stipulate that the coverage is valid outside the U.S, worldwide or overseas ("out of area" is not acceptable).
    • Must be valid for the first 3 months of your stay in French Polynesia

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.

Make an appointment?

- All applicants must apply in person and must make an appointment on our website. Personal appearance is mandatory.

We regret that at this time we do not accept appointments over the phone or via email.

  • If you are not able to attend, please free a slot by canceling or rescheduling your appointment by logging back in the appointment system and click on “changing your appointment”.
    You will need your “LAX” confirmation number and passport number.

- One appointment = one person (for instance, family of four must take four appointments)
- One appointment per person only: due to the high number of applicants, the French Consulate reserves the right to cancel appointments made by the same person on the same day (or even on two different dates).

WARNING: 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
  • The appointment system is NOT compatible with Mac computers


NOTE: FRENCH CITIZENS applying for a French passport or French ID card etc... please make an appointment at the FRENCH SECTION

Last modified on 08/10/2015

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