Outsourcing the collection of visa applications
To better welcome the public and reduce waiting times, the Consulate General of France in Washington will outsource the collection of visa applications to VFS Global.
This new process will gradually be put in place between April and July, with the opening of 10 visa application centers: in Washington (April 18), New Orleans and Houston (May 30), Chicago (June 5), Boston (June 6), San Francisco (June 27), Los Angeles (June 28), Miami and Atlanta (July 19) and New York (July 26). Until then, filing procedures remain unchanged. Once these centers are open, applicants will be able to apply for visas at the VFS center of their choice.
A service fee will be charged and will be payable online when making an appointment.
To facilitate the process for students and others who do not live near an application center, a mobile visa application service may be offered.
In Washington, DC, visa applicants will begin filing their paperwork at the VFS Visa Application Center located at 1025 Vermont Avenue, NW, as of April 18.
Visa applicants will be received there by appointment only. Beginning on April 4, appointments can be made on the France-Visas website (https://france-visas.gouv.fr/web/us/a-qui-sadresser).
Prior to the opening of each center, the Embassy and Consulates General will be in touch concerning appointment details.