Long stay visa for internship

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

1. Long stay visas and residence permit

• If you plan on staying in France for longer than 3 months, you will need, in addition to the visa, to apply for a residence permit ("carte de séjour") within two months of entry into France.

• For that purpose, the visa you will be issued will only be valid to allow your entry into the French territory (3 months validity).

• You will then need to go to the Prefecture (local administration office) to apply for that residence permit, which will be valid for 1 year, renewable in France. You will not be able to get this permit without first getting the visa in your country of residence.

• You must obtain your student/internship visa while in the USA. The visa cannot be issued once the applicant is in France.

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

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

3. 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
  • It may take about 3 weeks for all other nationalities.
    Applications cannot be processed more than 3 months ahead of time.

4. Requirements

Please provide us with the original + copies 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. Passport valid for at least three months after your return to the US + 1 photocopy 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 (English version) filled out completely and signed by the applicant.

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

5. The "convention de stage" (original + 1 photocopy) signed you, your employer in France, your school or university and stamped by the French Labor Department (DIRECCTE).

6. Proof of accommodation (Hotel booking, lease contract or letter from your host with a copy of his ID and a copy of one of his recent utility bill).

7. Financial guarantee such as a notarized statement certifying that the applicant will be provided with a monthly allowance of $800.00 for the duration of his/her stay in France, or a proof of personal income and your last three bank statements.

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

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

PDF - 177.9 kb
Residence Form
(PDF - 177.9 kb)

10. E-ticket or reservation confirmation showing the departure date for Europe.

11. 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. 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 22/08/2017

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