Short stay visa for airline crew members

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

1. Do I need a visa as a pilot or flight attendant ?

No, if you are a citizen of the European Economic Area, Switzerland, or from:

Bermuda Brazil Brunei
Canada Chile Costa Rica
Croatia El Salvador Guatemala
Honduras Japan Malaysia
Mexico Monaco New Zealand
Nicaragua Panama Paraguay
San Marino South Korea United States

*Yes, if you are citizen of any country not listed above.

2. Conditions of residence

Note that you may only apply for a visa at the Consulate General of France in San Franciscoif you are a resident or based out of Alaska, Northern California, Guam, Hawaïi, Idaho, Montana, Northern Nevada, Oregon, Utah, Washington,or Wyoming.

3. Processing time

Processing time depends on your citizenship. 2 weeks is the average processing time if you are a citizen from :

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

Applications cannot been processed more than 3 months ahead of time

4. 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. Processing fees

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

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application form
(PDF - 89.2 kb)

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

5. If you are not an american citizen, a valid U.S. permanent residence card ("green card") or a valid U.S. visa with valid I-94 / valid I-20, or an Advance Parole document.

6. Recent fully typed letter from your employer confirming which airport you are based out of.

7. Photocopy of your airport I.D. card

8. Photocopy of your driver’s license

9. 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

5. Validity of the visa

The visa issued will be valid for up to 5 years, according to the expiry date of your passport.

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.

Last modified on 20/09/2017

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