Long stay visitor’s visa
More than 90 days, valid for France only
Processing of long stay visas takes a minimum of 5 working days.
The French consulate will only accept applications from residents of the States of New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and Bermuda.
The Consular Administration has full authority to evaluate and request more documents than those submitted by the applicant. Obtaining a visa is not always guaranteed and does not in itself grant you the right to enter a French or Schengen territory. It is therefore necessary that you always carry with you the original documents used to obtain the visa.
Applicants must appear in person to submit their application.
Please submit the following in original and 1 copy, per applicant
ATTENTION The Visa Section does not make any photocopies. You must bring your documents and the required copies.
A long stay application form and 2 passport photographs.
The form must be completely and legibly filled in with black or blue ink, signed and dated by the applicant. The photos must be recent and in color, passport size - 2" x 2" (4,5cm x 4,5cm) and showing the full face, the forehead hairline and ears on a white background ; pictures must be without glasses, no scarf, nor hat and no smile.
Passport or travel document (+ 1 copy of the identity page and the validity of the passport) valid for at least three months following the last day of your stay in France. The validity of your passport cannot exceed 10 years from the date of first issuance. Make sure the passport has at least two blank pages left for visa purpose. Only these pages can be endorsed with the visa. Amendment pages can in no way be used for visas. (no long stay visa can be issued on a Refugee Travel Document or a Re-entry Permit).
NOTE: Your passport will not be kept during the processing of your application.
For non-US citizens
A U.S.A. residency card (Green Card) or I-551 stamp, or a valid U.S.A. visa with I-94 and IAP66 or I-20 were applicable or an Advanced Parole. (+ 1 copy) Individuals with a U.S.A. B1/B2 visa may not apply for a Long Stay Visitor Visa. (+ 1 copy)
One O.F.I.I. form. Please only complete the top part refering to "Rubrique à remplir lors de la demande de visa". Make sure that the dates are stated in the order: day, month, year.
Please submit the following in original with 1 set of copies.
A letter of motivation explaining the purpose of your application for a long stay in France. (+ 1 copy)
A written statement from you, acknowledging that you will neither seek nor accept paid employment during your stay in France. (+ 1 copy)
Financial guarantee (+ 1 photocopy)
up-to-date bank statement showing that you have sufficient means to live in France (with the bank balance amounts),
a proof of retirement pension or personal income.
a letter from your employer stating that you are on leave of absence, taking a sabbatical, or any other reasons.
If you are retired - social security payments, if you are self employed - business license.
A proof of lodging in France (+ 1 photocopy)
lease, lease agreement or title deeds in France,
a letter from someone living in France stating that he/she will provide accommodation during your stay in France. Included with this statement must be: copy of the host’s passport , if applicable, copy of his/her "carte de séjour", copy of the lease or title deeds and a copy of either a recent gas or electricity or telephone bill.
A Proof of medical insurance (+ 1 copy)
A letter from an insurance company stating that the applicant will have medical coverage valid in France.
For an accompanying spouse the marriage certificate is required. (+ 1 copy)
For minors accompanying their parents, the following documents must also be included:
A certified copy of the birth certificate (+ 1 copy)
A notarized authorization from each parent enabling the child to live in France (+ 1 copy), plus a copy of each parent’s passport
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