Long stay visa for the spouse of a French national or european citizen
Last update: 06/01/2013
1. Long stay visa and residence permit in France
2. Do I need a visa ?
3. How to make an appointment ?
4. Processing time
6. Important information
long stay visa holders are 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.
Yes except if you are a citizen of Switzerland, Andorra, Vatican, San Marino, Monaco or of the European Economic Area :
Also special rules apply for family members of an European Union citizen.
For security reasons, all applicants, even children under the age of 6, have to appear personally at the Consulate General of France in Boston.
The visa section is open to the public on an appointment basis, with no walk-ins allowed.
Make an appointment by clicking here
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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.
2 months for citizens from :
|US Re-entry permit||US Refugee travel document||Rwanda|
|Syria||Yemen||United Arab Emirates|
|Please provide us with the original + 1 copy of each document. The visa section does not make any copies, you must bring your documents and the required copies.|
|Applications are processed free of charge for spouses of French citizens|
1. 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 three months after your return to the US and have remaining at least 2 blank consecutive visas pages which face each other.
2. One application form filled out completely and signed by the applicant.
3. Two ID pictures (white background, full face, no glasses nor hat, closed mouth)
4. Proof of marriage :
- for spouse of french citizen: a recent copy (issued within 3 months) of the marriage certificate registered in the French Vital Records" (acte de mariage transcrit sur les registres de l’état civil français)
- for spouse of european citizen: mariage certificate
5. Proof of Spouse’s nationality :
- spouse’s original "carte nationale d’identité"
- or consular registration card (« carte consulaire »)
- or "certificat de nationalité française"
- or the « ampliation du décret de naturalisation ou réintégration » of your French spouse (+ ONE COPY)
- OR a copy of passeport for spouse of EU citizen
6. One residence form duly filled out (upper part only)
7. If you cannot pick up your visa by yourself, you can send to the French Consulate, a self-addressed prepaid EXPRESS MAIL envelope from all Postal Services (i.e: the US POST OFFICE, FEDEX, UPS, AIRBORNE EXPRESS etc.). You may use one envelope per family if you buy `flat rate`
Please do NOT stick the mailing label on the envelope and fill out as follows :
|FROM:||Please, don’t put |
the French Consulate name
|Your full name|
|Your full name|
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 Schengen visas are still subject to immigration control upon first entry into a Schengen country. The visa itself does not grant the right to enter the Schengen space.