Long stay visa for "lecteurs" and "assistants"

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. The presentation of that airline reservation will be required before issuance of the visa.

1. What are "lecteurs de langue étrangère" and "assistants de langue vivante"?

A "lecteur de langue étrangère" may teach in a French high school or university.

An "assistant de langue vivante" may teach English in a French high school.

2. 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.

You must obtain your visa while in the USA. The visa cannot be issued once the applicant is in France.

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}

2 months for citizens from:

Afghanistan Algeria Bahrain
Burma Burundi Colombia
Congo DRC Egypt Indonesia
Iraq Iran Jordan
North Korea Kuwait Lebanon
Libya Oman Pakistan
Palestinians Philippines Qatar
US Re-entry permit US Refugee travel document Rwanda
Saudi Arabia Sudan Suriname
Syria Yemen United Arab Emirates

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

6. Requirements

- 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 ten months and have at least 2 blank visas pages left.

- 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) .

- The work contract duly stamped by the French authorities :
For "assistants de langue vivante" : Your "Arrêté de nomination" stamped by the French Ministry of Labor (Direction Départementale du Travail, de l’Emploi et de la Formation Professionnelle - D.D.T.E.F.P.) (original + 1 photocopy).
For "lecteurs de langue étrangère" : Either a work agreement from the French Office of immigration and integration (OFII). For more information contact the University in France that will host you or the OFII. This document is usually sent directly by the OFII to the consulate. Or a "protocole d’accueil" for scientist, to be provided by the university (original + 1 photocopy). In this case, please check the information regarding the long stay visa for scientists.

In both cases, make sure you get these documents before coming to the Consulate.

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

- 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


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 upon first entry into France. The visa itself does not grant the right to enter France.

Last modified on 30/06/2017

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