Long stay visas for diplomatic or official passport holders

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. Long stay visa and residence permit in France

If you have been appointed by your government to work in an Embassy, a Consulate or an International Organisation, you will be provided with a residence card from the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs once in France.

If you have been appointed to work in other areas or to undergo training, you will have to apply for a « carte de séjour » upon your arrival.

2. 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

3. How to make an appointment?

Diplomatic passport holders and official passport holders are not required to to appear personally at the Consulate General of France in Atlanta if they have been appointed by their government to work in an Embassy, a Consulate or an International Organisation.

4. Processing time

Processing time may take up to 3 weeks.

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

5. Requirements

- Two application forms 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.

- Proof of US Status. If you are not a US citizen, copy of a valid U.S. permanent residence card ("green card"), a valid U.S. visa with valid I-94 or valid I-20, or an Advance Parole document.

- A verbal note from your Embassy or the US Department of State.

- If you are not going to work in an Embassy, a Consulate or an International Organisation, a letter from the host organization.

- 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 France. The visa itself does not grant the right to enter France.

Last modified on 14/08/2014

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