Short stay visa for spouses for French nationals

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General Information

According to the law of July 24, 2006, regarding immigration and integration, family members of French citizens, excluding citizens of the European Union, the European Economic Space, Switzerland, Monaco, San Marino and Algeria, must be in possession of a long stay visa in order to apply for a residency card in France.

The French Consulate will only accept applications from residents of New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and Bermuda.

We do NOT accept applications from holders of US visas B1/B2. They must apply in their country of residence.

Please be advised that visa applications by mail are not accepted.

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.

Requirements

If you intend to visit several Schengen countries, you must apply at the consulate of the country that is your main destination meaning the country where you will be staying the most number of nights.

If you intend to visit several Schengen countries but do not have a main destination or will be staying the same amount of time in each of them, you must apply at the Consulate of the country you will enter first.

If you do not need a visa for the Schengen country that is your main destination, please note that a visa may be required for other Schengen countries.

If the applicant is under 18 years old, he/she must apply with at least one of his/her parents. Please present both nothorized parental authorization forms -allowing the applicant to travel to France and other Schengen countries- plus a copy of the child’s birth certificate and a copy of both parents passports.

In the case of a marriage abroad, it must be registered at the French Consulate with jurisdiction over the location of the ceremony.

You may obtain a multiple entry visa valid for several short stays within the period of 1 year, free of charge, providing you bring the following documents;

You may only apply for your visa within 90 days of your departure, not any sooner.

The Visa section will not make any photocopies

From April 5th 2010, the implementation of the new Schengen code for the issue of visas is in effect.

On this occasion, we would like to remind all visa applicants that each file must be presented in exact duplicate (original of each document with their photocopies, as listed on the website).

The Consulate will, in no circumstance, make any photocopies and files can no longer be completed at a later stage.

All the files presented will be carefully examined by the Visa Department. However, we wish to emphasize the fact that if you do not produce all the requested documents (originals with their photocopies), the visa will be denied.

Therefore, reapplying will mean the rescheduling of an appointment and full repayment of the visa fee.

No exception will be made. For this reason, we do advise you to prepare your file with the utmost care in order to avoid any delays.

Please submit the following documents in original and 1 copy per applicant

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1 Application form

The form must be completely and legibly filled in with black or blue ink, signed by the applicant and dated.

2 Color photos

- The color photos must be recent, 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. Click here

Passeport 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.

If the name on the passport is different than the name on the green card, please provide a copy of your marriage certificate or other document explaining the discrepency.

For non-US citizens

A U.S.A. residency card (Green Card) valid for at least three months following the last day of your stay in France.If the name on the passport is different than the name on the Green Card, please provide a copy of your marriage certificate or other document that explains that discrepency. (+1 copy)
or
I-551 stamp, (+1 copy)
or
a USA visa valid for at least three months following the last day of your stay in France, with I-94 (if J1 provid also J1 form), (if F1 visa provid also a valid I-20 form signed by your school), (+1 copy)
or
an Advanced Parole, which must be valid for at least 90 days beyond the last day in France. (+1 copy)

A certified copy of the French marriage certificate (+1 copy)

A certified copy of the French marriage certificate (less than 2 months old) issued either by a French "Mairie" or by a French Consulate (+1 copy),
and
the "Livret de famille" (+1 copy)

A proof of French nationality (+1 copy)

Valid French identification Card (Carte Nationale d’Identité) (+1 copy)
or
A certificate of French nationality (certificat de nationalité française) (+1 copy)
or
"Décret de naturalisation" (+1 copy)
or
"Décret de réintégration dans la nationalité française" (+1 copy)
or
A French birth certificate with a written confirmation of the French nationality of the person (+ 1 copy)
or
Proof that the French spouse is registred at a French Consulate (+1 copy).

Flight Reservation (+1 copy)

- Complete personal itinerary or round trip ticket with confirmed dates. Open tickets are not accepted. You can book your trip but without purchasing them until the visa has been approved.


If the marriage has not been registered with French Authorities you must apply for a Schengen visa which is subject to a fee.


Documents

Application Form (English)
Application Form (French)
Financial guarantee (French)
Processing Times
Application Fees

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Dernière modification : 08/11/2016

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