Short stay visa for spouses for French nationals

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

1. Do I need a visa ?

Do I need a visa for a short stay in France (less than 90 days) ?

NO, if you are a citizen of the United States of America, Canada, Mexico, or countries not listed just below.

YES, if you hold a passport issued by one of the following countries:

Afghanistan Albania Algeria
Angola Armenia Azerbaidjan
Bahrein Bangladesh Belize
Benin Bhutan Belarus
Bolivia Bosnia Botswana
Burkina Faso Burma Burundi
Cambodia Cameroon Cape Verde
Central Africa Chad China
Comoros Congo
D.R. Congo (ex-Zaïre) Cuba Djibouti
Dominica Dominican Republic Ecuador
Egypt Equatorial Guinea Eritrea
Ethiopia Fiji Gabon
Gambia Georgia Ghana
Grenada Guinea Guinea Bissau
Guyana Haiti Hong Kong (except S.A.R.)
India Indonesia Iran
Iraq Ivory Coast Jamaica
Jordan Kazakhstan Kenya
Kirghizistan Kiribati Kuweit
Laos Lebanon Lesotho
Liberia Libya Macao (except S.A.R.)
Macedonia* Madagascar Malawi
Maldives Mali Marshall Islands
Mauritania Micronesia Moldavia
Mongolia Montenegro* Morocco
Mozambique Namibia Nauru
Nepal Niger Nigeria
North Korea Oman Pakistan
Palestine Papua
Philippines Qatar
Refugees Russia Rwanda
Solomon Samoa Saudi Arabia
Senegal Serbia* Sierra Leone
Somalia South Africa Sri Lanka
St Lucia St Thomas St Vincent
Sudan Surinam Swaziland
Syria Tadjikistan Taiwan
Tanzania Thailand Togo
Tonga Trinidad & Tobago Tunisia
Turkey Turkmenistan Tuvalu
Uganda Ukraine United Arab Emirates
Uzbekistan Vanuatu Vietnam
Yemen former Yugoslavia Zambia

* Biometric passport holders from Macedonia, Montenegro and Serbia are no longer required to obtain a visa for stays under 90 days.

2. Processing time

The processing time (for France only, excluding overseas territories) is around 2 weeks for citizens of :

Bangladesh Belarus Burma
Burundi Congo DRC Egypt
Indonesia Iran Iraq
Jordan Kazakhstan North Korea
Kuwait Lebanon Libya
Mauritania Nigeria Oman
Pakistan Palestinians Philippines
Qatar US Re-entry permit US Refugee travel doc
Rwanda Saudi Arabia Sudan
Surinam Syria Yemen
United Arab Emirates Vietnam Zimbabwe

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.
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 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. Original flight itinerary (+ ONE COPY)

5. Proof of marriage : family book "Livret de famille" (+ ONE COPY) and / or recent (less than 3 months) copy of the french marriage certificate

6. 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)

7. 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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