Applying for a French visa in the United States [fr]

Visa applications submitted in the United States are collected by our partner VFS Global then sent to the French Consulate General in Washington, D.C., for processing.

For general information and to prepare, submit and track your application, log on to France-visas, the official website for visa applications to France.

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

The main steps to apply 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 center.

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.

Particular cases

Refugee or stateless travel document holders must apply for a visa. Please send an email to your consulate to request additional information on this procedure.


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.

Last modified on 04/01/2021

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