Long stay visa for visitors

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).

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

As slots are limited, it is strongly recommended to make an appointment as early as possible. Applicants should be aware that the visa department is busy all year long, with peaks from March to the end of September, and from mid-October to the end of December.

You MUST RESERVE your airline ticket but do NOT PURCHASE until the visa has been approved. At the time of your appointment, you must bring that airline reservation. Once the visa is approved, the presentation of the flight ticket (with the ticket number clearly referenced) will be required before issuance of the visa.

1. Long stay visa and residence permit in France

From the 1st of June 2009, long stay visa holders will be allowed to reside in France for up to 12 months according to the validity of their visa and purpose of stay. They will no longer be required to obtain a residence permit ("carte de séjour") from the French local authorities ("Préfecture") as long as their visa is valid.

However, 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.

Please note that the new regulations applicable from the 1st of June 2009 will require a longer processing time to issue long stay visas that will serve as first residence permits.

2. What is a visitor visa?

The "visitor" visa (or visa "D") allows you to enter France and stay for more than three months.

You need a long stay "visitor" visa if:
- You have suffficient income to stay in France without working (retired, sabbatical year, etc.);
You want to open a business in France and work as a self-employed.

3. Do I need a visa?}

Yes, except if you are a citizen of Switzerland, Andorra, Vatican, San Marino, Monaco or of the European Economic Area :

Austria Belgium Bulgaria Cyprus
Czech Republic Denmark Estonia Finland
Germany Great-Britain Greece Hungary
Iceland Ireland Italy Latvia
Liechtenstein Lithuania Luxembourg Malta
The Netherlands Norway Poland Portugal
Romania Slovakia Slovenia Spain

Also special rules apply for family members of an European Union citizen.

4. 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.

5. Processing time

Processing time may take up to 21 days.

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

6. Requirements

You must provide a French translation of every document and are required to please enclose the originals plus 1 photocopy of each document submitted with the application (including the translations). You are also required to provide the documents in the order listed below and as such: original + 1 copy, translation + 1 copy, original + 1 copy, and so on.

- One application form filled out completely and signed by the applicant.

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

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

- Status in the US - If you are not a US citizen, copy of your green card or visa.

- Letter promising not to engage in any employment in France (signature certified by a public notary).

- Letter of employment in the US stating occupation and earnings.

- Proof of means of income - letter from the bank, investment certificates, pension slips, etc.

- Proof of medical insurance.

- Marriage certificate or family register + Birth certificates for children.

- Proof of accommodation in France (title deeds, lease or rental agreement).

- Processing fee ATTENTION: The Consulate general ONLY accepts cash or money order.

- One residence form duly filled out (upper part only).

- A self-addressed prepaid EXPRESS MAIL envelope with a tracking number from FEDEX, UPS or USPS. You may use one envelope per family. The Consulate General of France in Atlanta cannot be held responsible for loss and/or delays 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


7. 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.

Last modified on 30/06/2017

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