Applying for a French visa in the United States

The visa section of the consulate general of France in Los Angeles will cease operation on 06/27/2018. The collection of application will be taken over by VFS Global. From then on, the Consulate General of France in Washington DC will be competent for processing and decision.

All appointments for July and later will be booked with our partner through the France Visas Website:

France-visas is a single portal with all the information you need process and help you every step of the way (preparing the application, entering details, submitting and tracking the application).

For any information regarding your application (requirements, length of the process etc..), or any difficulty with your appointment, please contact VFS, either by email ( or by phone (+1 212 784 6157 or +1 347 252 3055)

N.B.: the Consulate General of France in Los Angeles is not in a position to offer any such information for any application posterior to 06/27/18. In the rare case where your question couldn’t be answered by the France Visa website nor by VFS, you may contact the Consulate General of France in Washington:

N.B.: Waiting times for appointments and for processing applications will vary depending on your nationality and the time of year.

Users are therefore asked to submit their visa applications well in advance of their departure date.

In case of an emergency before 06/22/2018, please contact, stating the dates and purpose of your travel, your nationality and your phone number.

The main steps in applying for a visa

Do I need a visa?

PNG First, use “Visa wizard” to check, based on your situation, whether you need a visa and if so, what type. The wizard will also tell you what documents must be enclosed with your application, along with the relevant fee.

Complete your application online

PNG Once you have confirmed that you need a visa, you can complete your application on our online portal. You will be asked to create a France-Visas account, which you will need for each step of the process.

Submit your application to the visa centre.

PNG Once you have completed your online application, all you have to do is submit it to your local visa centre. France-Visas will provide you with all necessary information on how and where to submit your application.

Track your visa application

PNG Once your application has been submitted, track its progress and see how and when you can collect your passport and how to prepare for your trip to France.

Last modified on 13/06/2018

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