Long stay visa for Visitors (FRANCE and Overseas Departments)
Warning: This procedure does NOT apply to the French overseas "territories". (French Polynesia, New Caledonia, etc...).
Long stay visitor visa holders will be allowed to reside in France for up to 12 months or according to the length of the visa issued and purpose of stay.
Long stay visa holders will have to register to the French Office of Immigration and Integration (OFII) during the first three months of their stay in France. For further information, please check the residence permit page.
During the validity of their visa, holders of a long stay (D) visa are authorized to travel within the other Schengen States without a Schengen visa (for a maximum of 90 days within a six month period)
The "visitor" visa (or visa "D") allows you to enter France and stay for more than 90 days.
- You need a long stay "visitor" visa if you have sufficient personal income to stay in France WITHOUT WORKING (i.e. retirement, sabbatical year…)
YES, except if you are a citizen of one of the following countries:
|Monaco||The Netherlands||Norway||Poland||Portugal||Romania||San Marino|
Please, apply in advance. Do not wait for the last minute.
You may apply no earlier than 3 months before your departure date.
About 14 days for United States, Canada, Mexico citizens
About 3 weeks for other nationalities
You may apply for your visa no earlier than 3 months before your departure date.
Please apply in advance, do not wait the last minute.
IMPORTANT: Due to the higher number of applicants during the month of JUNE, JULY, AUGUST and DECEMBER, we strongly suggest to apply at least 3 weeks before your departure or earlier in order to avoid delays. No emergency visas will be issued.
You must provide the ORIGINAL documents + 1 PHOTOCOPY of each document submitted with the application.
One passport = one set of visa documents (i.e. a family of 4 visa applicants = 4 sets of visa documents = 4 appointments)
We insist that you take the utmost care of presenting a complete visa application on the day of your appointment. Our office is not responsible for delays or missed flights of incomplete or last minute visa application, it is the responsibility of the visa applicant to prepare a complete file PRIOR to the visa appointment time. ]
1 — PROOF OF RESIDENCY IN OUR CONSULATE’S JURISDICTION
The French Consulate in Los Angeles only accept applicants who are residents from:
Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, Southern California, and Southern Nevada.
You will have to show us at least ONE of the following documents:
- a valid driver license or state ID from one of these states, which must be located in the consulate’s jurisdiction (click here for a map)
- or a valid student ID from a university located in one of these states (or a statement issued within the past 2 months from the registrar of your university, which must be located in the consulate’s jurisdiction).
- or an original lease or rental agreement in the applicant’s name or a house deed plus a recent utility bill in the applicant’s name with an address located in the consulate’s jurisdiction.
2 — ORIGINAL PASSPORT
Original passport (+ ONE COPY of the identity and relevant 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 date of first issuance (i.e. your passport CANNOT be older than 10 years)
- Be in good condition (ie. not torn or damaged)
If you are not a US citizen: Proof of legal residency in the United States: A valid U.S. permanent residence card ("green card") + ONE COPY
Diplomatic and special passports are not accepted
3 — PROCESSING FEE
Processing fee for a long stay visa
To be paid in person on the day of the appointment (Visa/Mastercard ONLY, preferably debit card).
4 — APPLICATION FORM
One long stay visa APPLICATION FORM filled out completely and signed by the applicant.
Please remember to indicate a date of departure from the US to France on question number 26 as well as the number of months you wish to stay in France.
5 — PASSPORT PHOTOGRAPHS
ONE PASSPORT PHOTO. Do not glu or staple. 2x2”. No older than 6 months, in color, on a plain white background, on photo quality paper, your face must fill about 75-80% of the photograph, no glasses, no smiling, taken facing the camera, no side or angled view, uncovered except for religious reasons
6 — LONG STAY or "TEMPORARY STAY" FORM
- LONG STAY or "TEMPORARY STAY" FORM
- (PDF - 77 kb)
Please fill out this form and check the box indicating whether you want to apply for a long stay visitor visa "long stay" or "temporary stay".
7 — OFII RESIDENCY FORM
One OFII RESIDENCE FORM duly filled out (upper part only) by applicants who will be staying in France for more than 12 months (allowing an extension at the Préfecture during the last 2 months of the visa) (+ ONE COPY)
Minors under 18 years old are not required to complete this form.
For further information on the OFII procedure and processing fees to be completed in France, please check the residence permit page
8 — STATEMENT OF PURPOSE
A letter signed by the applicant describing the purpose of stay in France indicating your dates of stay in France.
If you are currently employed you must provide proof that you are on sabbatical such as an official letter from your employer or a notarized statement that you plan to cease employment.
9 — SIGNED LETTER PROMISING NOT TO ENGAGE IN ANY PAID OR COMMERCIAL ACTIVITY WHILE IN FRANCE
Please make sure to indicate your dates of stay in France in the statement.
10 — PROOF OF FINANCIAL MEANS
Your last 2 monthly personal bank statements from the USA checking and/or savings only showing monthly balance and your name. Please print all pages of the monthly statement. (No investments, no stocks/bonds, include only liquid funds. 401k/IRA or retirement funds are accepted only if you are officially retired)
Bank statements should show that you have enough money for the entire duration of your stay (+ ONE COPY)
11 — PROOF OF TRAVEL INSURANCE ABROAD
A confirmation/certificate of coverage of your travel insurance (minimum coverage $50,000) without any deductible during your whole stay in France (must indicate "valid outside of the USA or "valid worldwide" and indicate starting date and ending date)
12 — PROOF OF ACCOMMODATION IN FRANCE FOR THE DURATION OF YOUR STAY
if you are the owner of the property: 1) title deeds 2) recent "taxes foncières" 3) recent utility bill with name and address
if you are renting the property: official lease/rental contract signed by both parties
if you are hosted:
— if the host is the owner of the property: 1) original invitation letter indicating exact dates of stay 2) recent "taxes foncières" 3) recent utility bill with name and address 4) copy of host’s valid French ID or residency permit
— if the host is renting the property: 1) original invitation letter indicating exact dates of stay 2) official lease/rental contract signed by both parties 3) recent utility bill with name and address 4) copy of host’s valid French ID or residency permit
(+ ONE COPY of each document)
FOR ACCOMPANYING SPOUSE
in addition to all the documents listed above, please provide:
Marriage license (+ ONE COPY)
FOR ALL ACCOMPANYING CHILDREN
in addition to all the documents listed above, please provide:
Birth certificate (+ ONE COPY)
for all minors between 6 and 17 years old during stay in France : proof of registration / enrollment in a school in France
IF THE MINOR IS TRAVELLING WITH ONLY ONE PARENT:
- notarized parental authorization from the biological parent not travelling with the child, allowing the child to travel to France and authorizing to travel with the other parent (+ ONE COPY)
- or official and original court document from divorce decree stating that the parent has full custody of the child(ren). (+ ONE COPY)
13 — A SELF-ADDRESSED FEDEX AIRBILL AND ENVELOPE
- To mail back your passport, please provide a self-addressed FedEx Express "US Airbill" or an online prepaid FedEx Airbill
- and FedEx envelope (one envelope per family - up to 6 passports)
- for US Airbill, please fill out your own address twice (you are the sender AND the recipient):
Your name and address
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Your name and address
Do NOT write the address of the consulate on the airbill
We will NOT accept other methods of delivery: (NO USPS, NO UPS, NO FedEx "Ground" service)
- 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.
- The French Consulate in Los Angeles can refuse the issuance of a visa.
Every applicant must apply in person and must make an appointment on our website. No exceptions. Fingerprints and a photograph must be taken in our premises in Los Angeles.
- Children under the age of 6 are not required to be present if applying for a LONG STAY visa, however an appointment has to be booked under their name.
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)
- 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).
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