Applying for a French visa in the United States

Visa applications submitted in the United States are processed by VFS Global in San Francisco. For general information and for preparing, submitting and tracking your application, log on to France-visas, the official website for visa application to France.

France-visas is a single portal with all the information you need process and help you every step of the way (preparing the application, entering details, submitting and tracking the application).

  • Please read the Visa Application Guidelines carefully before starting!
  • Please note that the Consulate of France can only process your Schengen visa application if France is your main destination; if you visit several Schengen countries, your main destination is the country where you will spend the most time, not the country of first entry. If you will spend equal time in two or more Schengen countries, then you should apply at the consulate of the country you enter first.

The main steps in applying for a visa

Do I need a visa?

PNG First, use “Visa wizard” to check, based on your situation, whether you need a visa and if so, what type. The wizard will also tell you what documents must be enclosed with your application, along with the relevant fee.

Complete your application online

PNG Once you have confirmed that you need a visa, you can complete your application on our online portal. You will be asked to create a France-Visas account, which you will need for each step of the process.

Submit your application to the visa center.

PNG Once you have completed your online application, all you have to do is submit it to your local visa center. France-Visas will provide you with all necessary information on how and where to submit your application.

Track your application

PNG Once your application has been submitted, track its progress and see how and when you can collect your passport and how to prepare for your trip to France.


Waiting times for appointments and for processing applications will vary depending on your nationality and the time of year.

Users are therefore asked to submit their visa applications well in advance of their departure date.

Last modified on 19/07/2018

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