Short stay visa to work in France

You may apply for a visa at the Consulate General of France in Atlanta if you are a resident in the following states: Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee (please provide a copy of your driving license).

1. How to work in France for less than 90 days?

Foreign nationals planning to work in France during a short stay (less than 90 days) must obtain first a temporary work permit approved by the local division of the French Labor Department (DIRECCTE - Direction régionale des entreprises, de la concurrence et de la consommation, du travail et de l’emploi) or a "convention d’accueil" stamped by the "Préfecture" in the case of scientists, researchers or teachers. They may also need a visa.

2. Do you need a visa to work in France for less than 90 days?

YES, except if you are a citizen from Switzerland, Vatican, San Marino, Monaco, Andorra, the European economic area, or if you are a national of the countries listed below, provided you hold a valid work permit or a "convention d’accueil" at the time of travel :

Australia Antigua and Barbuda Bahamas
Barbada Brazil Japan
Mauritius Mexico Saint-Kitts and Nieves
Seychelles Singapore South Korea
United States of America [1] Venezuela

3. How to make an appointment?

For security reasons, all applicants have to appear personally at the Consulate General of France in Atlanta.

The visa section is open to the public on an appointment basis, with no walk-ins allowed.

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IF YOU CANNOT PRINT YOUR CONFIRMATION RECEIPT IT IS NOT A PROBLEM. Simply show up on the date and time of your appointment .

No appointment can be made by phone or by e-mailing us. If you are not able to attend, please free a slot by canceling your appointment.

Make sure you bring all the required documents when coming to the Consulate General.

4. Processing time

Processing time depends on your citizenship.

15 to 21 days is the average processing time if you are a citizen from :

Afghanistan Algeria Bahrain
Bangladesh Belarus Burma
Burundi Congo DRC Egypt
Indonesia Iran Iraq
Jordan Kazakhstan North Korea
Kuwait Lebanon Libya
Mauritania Nigeria Oman
Pakistan Palestinians Philippines
Qatar US Re-entry permit US Refugee travel doc
Rwanda Saudi Arabia Sudan
Surinam Syria Yemen
United Arab Emirates Vietnam Zimbabwe

Applications can be processed up to 3 months from your departure date.

5. Requirements

- Original passport or travel document (+ one of the identity pages). Your passport must have been issued less than 10 years ago, be valid for at least three months after your return to the US and have at least 2 blank visas pages left.

- Processing fee

- One application form filled out completely and signed by the applicant (please read carefully the explanations).

PDF - 87 kb
Short Stay Visa Application
(PDF - 87 ko) (PDF - 87 kb)

- Two (2) recent ID pictures (white background, full face, no glasses nor hat, closed mouth taken less than 90 days ago)

- Work authorization from then French authorities : original of temporary work permit issued by the local division of the Labor Department in France + 1 copy or original of "convention d’accueil" endorsed by the ’Préfecture’ + 2 copies.

- Proof of U.S. Status: Residency card or valid visa to the United States, with valid I-20/IAP66/I-94, advanced parole document.

- A self-addressed prepaid EXPRESS MAIL envelope from FEDEX and UPS. You may use one envelope per family. The Consulate General of France in Atlanta cannot be held responsible for loss of mail leaving the consulate.

Please stick the mailing label on the envelope and fill out as follows :

Your full name
Your address

Your full name
Your address


6. Important information

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.

Please note that holders of visas are still subject to immigration control upon first entry into Franve. The visa itself does not grant the right to enter France.

[1US journalists and official/diplomatic passport holders on a mission are still required to obtain a visa.

Last modified on 21/09/2016

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