Long stay visa for "au pair"
• 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 longer 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.
• You must obtain your student/au pair visa while in the USA. The visa cannot be issued once the applicant is in France.
An "au pair" is a student, between 17 and 30 years old, who lives in France with a host family usually for one year. The family provides accomodation (individual room), food and a small monetary allowance for personal use. In exchange, the student is espected to provide a contribution to daily family tasks such as: baby-sitting, supervision and children’s awakening, daily cooking, little housework… Students participing in "au pair" programs are required to follow French courses during their stay.
The visa issued is a "student" visa.
Yes except if you are a citizen of Switzerland, Andorra, Vatican, San Marino, Monaco or of the European Economic Area :
Also special rules apply for [family members of an European Union citizen.
- 2 months for citizens from :
|US Re-entry permit||US Refugee travel document||Rwanda|
|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.
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.
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. "Au Pair" Contract approved by the French Ministry of Labour. This approval is obtained by the host family in France at the DIRECCTE.
6. Proof of your previous studies (your most recent diplomas)
7. Proof of registration or letter of enrollment in a language school specifying exact dates of attendance.
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):
- 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
SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94108
Your full name
• 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.