Long stay visa to get married to a French citizen and reside in France.


Last update: 06/05/2013

1. Long stay visa and residence permit in France
2. Do I need a visa ?
3. How to make an appointment ?
4. Processing time
5. Requirements
6. Important information



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 longuer 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.



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
Sweden



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


3. How to make an appointment?


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.



4. 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
Zimbabwe




- It may take about 21 days for all other nationalities.

Applications cannot be processed more than 3 months ahead of time.


5. 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.



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

2. Two ID pictures (white background, full face, no glasses nor hat, closed mouth)

3. 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 from the day you apply and have remaining at least 2 blank consecutive visas pages which face each other.
If you need it to travel, you may send your passport to the consulate when the visa process ends (we would contact you to let you know the process is over).

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

5. Original of the "Certificat de publication des bans et de non opposition" delivered by the City Hall where the marriage will take place + one photocopy.

6. Proof of the French nationality of your future spouse : (+ one photocopy) :

  • certificate of the registration in a French Consulate abroad (carte consulaire en cours de validite)
  • or a French national ID (carte nationale d’identité francaise)
  • or a certificate of French nationality (certificat de nationalité francaise)
  • or a copy of the letters of naturalization (ampliation d’un décret de naturatlisation ou de réintegration dans la nationalité francaise).


7. Original of the "Attestation d’accueil" established by the City Hall of the resident you will be staying with for the duration of your stay (+ one photocopy).

8. Proof of future residency in France or letter of intention to reside in France from the future French spouse + one photocopy.

9. Health insurance covering your stay in France (for the first three months of your stay in France). Your insurance letter must include : "Medical evacuation" and "Repatriation" + one photocopy.

10. Justification of your personal income (your last three bank statements) + photocopy.

11. Processing fee

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

13. 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 address
TO:
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 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.

Dernière modification : 25/03/2015

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