Short stay visa for diplomatic and official passports holders

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

1. As a diplomatic or official passport holder, do you need a short stay visa?

YES, except if you are a citizen from Switzerland, Vatican, San Marino, Monaco, Andorra, the European economic area or from the following countries:

Argentina Armenia [1] Australia Azerbaijan [2]
Benin [3] Bolivia Brazil [4] Brunei
Canada Chili Costa Rica Croatia
Gabon [5] Guatemala Honduras Israel [6]
Japan Kazakhstan [7] Macedonia [8] Malaisia
Mexico Morocco [9] New Zealand Nicaragua
Panama Paraguay Peru Salvador
Saudi Arabia [10] Senegal [11] Singapour South Africa
Tunisia [12] Turkey Uruguay Venezuela [13]
American official and diplomatic passport holders are required to apply for a short stay visa if they travel in France for official purposes or missions.

2. Processing time

For US official and diplomatic passport, the processing time can take up to one week.

For any other official or diplomatic passport, depending on the nationality, the processing time can take up to 15 days.

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

3. Requirements

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. You are also invited to sort your documents in the same order they are listed below in order to facilitate the work of the visa officer that will review your application.

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 at least 2 blank visas pages left.

2. One application form filled out completely and signed by the applicant (please read carefully the explanations).

3. One ID picture glued/stapled onto the application form

4. If you are not a US citizen, a copy of a valid U.S. permanent residence card ("green card"), a valid US visa with valid I-94 / valid I-20, or an Advance Parole document.
We do NOT accept applications from B1/B2 visa holders. They must apply in their country of residence.

5. Verbal note from your Embassy or the US Department of State.

6. A self-addressed prepaid envelope with a tracking number from USPS OR FEDEX ONLY. You may use one envelope per family. You don’t have to provide an envelope if you prefer to pick up your passport when it is ready. For FedEx, you must choose the option “BILL RECIPIENT”, not “BILL SENDER”.
Please keep copy of your tracking number (as we are not going to do so), stick the mailing label on the envelope and fill out like this :

88 Kearny Street #600

Your full name
Your address

4. 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 01/09/2016

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