Frequently Asked Questions : Application process

1- Consulate location and jurisdiction

1.1 - Where is the Consulate General of France located ?

The visa section of the Consulate General of France in Los Angeles is located at 10390 Santa Monica Blvd. Suite 115, Los Angeles, CA 90025. BY APPOINTMENT ONLY Click here to see the map.

Parking is available inside the building complex for a fee, or metered parking along both directions of Santa Monica blvd, or along Beverly Glen blvd.

1.2 - I live far away from Los Angeles. Is there another visa section other than the one in Los Angeles ?

If you are a resident from Southern California, Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico or Southern Nevada, you must apply at the French Consulate in Los Angeles.

Personal appearance is mandatory, all applicants must make an appointment on our website. Fingerprints and a photograph must be taken in our premises in Los Angeles.
For a detailed map of our consulate’s jurisdiction, please click here

  • 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.
2- Appointments

2.1 - May I apply at the visa section without an appointment ?

No. The visa section is open to the public on an appointment basis only. You must make an appointment on our online appointment system.

You may book an appointment up to 30 days in advance.

2.2 - I can’t make an appointment, the link doesn’t work.

You may book an appointment up to 30 days in advance.

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 or Chrome browsers

- You need to enable your computer to open pop-ups by changing your browser settings.

2.3 - I couldn’t print the confirmation for my appointment.

In order to print your appointment, you must log into the appointment system you will need your “LAX” confirmation number and passport number.

2.4 - How do I reschedule my appointment ?

If you are not able to attend, please free a slot by cancelling your previous appointment at least 24 hours in advance or reschedule to a later date.

To cancel or change an appointment, you will need your “LAX” confirmation number and passport number, choose "Appointments" on the top left side, then select "Changing an appointment"

To access the appointment system: click here

2.5 - Your appointments are full and I am leaving soon, what should I do ?

If you do not find an earlier appointment, please check several times daily on the appointment system for any cancellations, as they happen quite frequently. If an appointment is cancelled, you will see an available date appear on the system. Otherwise you will need to postpone your trip.

To access the appointment system: click here

2.6 - Can I make an appointment by e-mail or over the phone ?

No. You need to make an appointment online here.

3- Passport validity

3.1 - What must be the validity of my passport ?

In case you do need a visa, your passport must:

  • Have been delivered less than 10 years ago (date of first issuance, i.e. your passport CANNOT be older than 10 years)
  • Be valid for at least three months AFTER your stay in the Schengen area or French territory
  • Have at least two blank pages left to affix the visa (amendment pages are not suitable for visas).
  • Be in good condition (ie. not torn or damaged)

3.2 - Can I apply for a visa if my passport is still valid, even though it was issued more than 10 years ago ?

No. Your passport must have been issued less than 10 years ago (date of first issuance).

4- Visa application process

4.1 - Do I need a visa to go to France?

Please read CAREFULLY the chapter of the visa you are applying for for a complete description of visa requirements.

4.2 - When can I apply ?

  • Processing time depends on the citizenship
  • Applications cannot be processed earlier than 3 months before your departure
  • Apply in advance. Do NOT wait for the last minute.
  • There is no expedite process
  • We strongly suggest all applicants to apply at least 20 DAYS before your expected date of departure to avoid delays
  • No emergency visa will be issued

4.3 - Is there an expedited process ?

No. A visa application cannot be expedited. Make sure you apply in advance.

4.5 - How long does it take to get my passport back ?

Processing time depends on your nationality and the purpose of your trip. We cannot estimate an exact processing time until you file your application in person. Please apply in advance.

We strongly suggest all applicants to apply at least 20 DAYS to before your expected date of departure to avoid delays

4.6 - How can I collect my passport ?

Passports can be sent back by FedEx (please provide us with a self addressed enveloppe at your expenses on the day of your appointment (FEDEX US Airbill only). Your address must appear twice on the US Airbill (you are the sender and the recipient). Please do not write the address of the consulate on the FedEx airbill.
- We will NOT accept other methods of delivery: (NO USPS, NO UPS, NO FedEx "Ground" service)

4.7 - I didn’t receive my passport back.

Please wait until the end of the "processing time" as indicated in the page of the visa you applied for and track your package using your FedEx tracking number so that you can check the status of your package delivery on the FedEx website.

4.8 - How long is the visa valid for ?

It depends on the type of visa you are applying for and the type of documents presented. For short stay visas, we must first check your file on the day of your appointment before we can estimate the validity of your visa. For long stay student visas, the validity depends on the dates written on your admission letter from your school in France.

4.9 - Where can I get the application forms ?

Application forms can be downloaded from our website :

Application Forms

4.10 - Where can I collect the requirement list for my visa?

The list of the visa requirements can be found on our website.
Please select the type of visa you are applying for to view a list of requirements here.

4.12 - What shall I do if my application is incomplete ?

Applicant should provide a complete file on day of their visa appointment. The visa agents will not accept incomplete applications and will need to book a new appointment.

4.13 - Do I need to show my plane tickets to France when I come and apply for the visa ?

For all Schengen visas (short stay) only: You must reserve your airline ticket under your name and present it on the day of your appointment, you are not required to purchase it, but it must be reserved under your name.

4.14 - Where can I get the Attestation d’Accueil ?

This "Attestion d’Accueil" must be obtained at the City Hall by the person you are visiting in France, and your host must mail (by post office) the original to you before you apply for your visa. It is a compulsory requirement for people applying for a visa to visit family or friends. Be advised that you must provide the original certificate as it needs to be officially stamped and might be presented at the border in France.

4.15 - I am travelling to Monaco

If you are travelling to Monaco for less than 90 days (short stay), same requirements as a Schengen visa

If you are travelling for more than 90 days (long stay) in Monaco, please contact us.

5- Contact information

5.1 - I cannot reach you over the phone, what should I do ?

Please contact us by e-mail only. Make sure to read our website carefully before contacting us, as you will only receive a reply if the information is not available on this website.

- E-mail:
- Fax: (310) 235-3204

When writing to us, please include the following:

  • Your full name
  • Your nationality
  • If you are not a US citizen, your current status in the USA (permanent resident "green card", F1 visa, H1B visa, etc…)
  • Which visa you are applying for (please be specific) and the approximate length of your stay
  • Additional contact information (phone number, secondary e-mail, etc…)

If your questions are not already answered on our website, please allow a minimum of 24 to 48 hours for a reply.

5.2 - I didn’t receive an answer to the email I sent.

Allow the visa section a couple of days before expecting an answer. Please read carefully our website, as you’ll probably find an answer to your question.

Last modified on 22/10/2015

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