How To Move To France Video #2: Do I Need A Visa?
If you want to live in France, the first thing you need to do is figure out whether or not you need a visa. In this video I talk about who needs a visa and which one to get if you plan to live in France. Not visit but actually “LIVE” in France. it will demystify a lot of things for you.
Even if you don’t ever plan to move abroad and are just a curious armchair traveler, you can and should watch this video series. I’ve tried to make this equal parts entertaining and educational so that anyone can watch it. I share all my personal experience with you and will leave no stone un-turned.
Mentioned in this video
Short Stay 90 days or less –
Citizens of the following countries DO NOT need a visa to visit France for 90 days or less.
USA, Canada, Member states of the European Union
Andorra, Argentina, Australia, Bermuda, Brazil, Brunei, Chile, Costa Rica, Croatia, El Salvador, Guatemala, Holy See, Honduras, Israel, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, Monaco, Nicaragua, New Zealand, Panama, Paraguay, San Marino, Singapore, South Korea, Switzerland, Uruguay, Venezuela.
Citizens of all other countries will need to apply for a visa just to step foot in France for one day. Sorry China, Thailand, Vietnam and more. I know, it’s not fair.
Long Stay: 90 days or more-
If you plan to stay in France for 90 days or more, you will need to apply for a “LONG STAY VISA”. This applies to EVERYONE unless………… you are a citizen of a country which is a member State of the European Union and the European Economic Area (EEA), Switzerland, Monaco and Andorra.
What Does The Long Stay Visa Allow You To Do?
My family has a long stay visa to live in France for one year. We have the option to renew if we like for another year which we plan to do. A long stay visa does not allow you to work or study legally in France. You will have to apply for a different visa to do that. In the video I discus the reasons.
How To Apply For A Long Stay Visa To Stay in France. ( Called “Carte de Séjour” in French).
Step one: Find the website of the French consulate nearest your place of residency.
I’ve listed out how to find the one nearest you below after this set of directions.
Step two: Navigate to the Visa section of the consulates website.
Step three: If you don’t speak French, you can translate the entire website to your home countries language. In some cases the home country language is not available. Instead, English is available.
Step three: Look for a download link that says Long stay visa for non professional purpose “visitor visa” or something similar. ( this is the one located on the Washington D.C. French embassies site.
* The application will be in French. There is usually a translated application in English or your home country for you to download. You CANNOT use the non French version to apply. It is only there for you so you can understand the requirements.
* You must apply apply for a long stay visa by applying at the nearest French Embassy / Consulate in your home country. You cannot apply while in France or abroad. This information is stated directly on the French Embassies website.
Next Week I will go over each section of the visa application and show you how to fill it out even if you don’t speak french. I’ll also start diving into the requirements. Eventually we’ll get to the all important “MONEY” part. So stay tuned.
Below: List of French Embassies and Consulates In the World
Follow the directions in video to learn where to get the application.
Here are the French Embassies in Canada
Below are the US Embassies and Consulates
Click on the one that is nearest you.
Service area: Alabama, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Mississippi, Tennessee.
Location: Prominence in Buckhead, Suite 1840, 3475 Piedmont Rd., NE
Atlanta, GA 30305, USA
Phone: (404) 495-1660 ; Fax: (404) 495-1661
Service area: Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Vermont.
Location: Park Square Building, Suite 750
31 Saint James Avenue
Boston, MA 02116, USA
Phone: (617) 542-7374 ; Fax: (617) 542-8054
Service area: North Dakota, South Dakota, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, Wisconsin.
Location: Olympia Center, 737 North Michigan Avenue, Suite 2020
Chicago, Illinois 60611, USA
Phone: (312) 787-5359 /60 /61 and 787-5385
Fax: (312) 664-4196
Honolulu- No website listed you will need to call
Service area: Hawaii and the Pacific Islands under U.S. jurisdiction.
Location: 2 Waterfront Plaza, Suite 300
500 Ala Moana Boulevard
Honolulu, Hawaii 96813, USA
Phone: (808) 599-4458 /59 /60 ; Fax: (808) 599-4751 ;
Service area: Arkansas, Oklahoma, Texas.
Location: 777 Post Oak Boulevard, Suite 600
Houston, TX 77056, USA
Phone: (713) 572-2799 and 572-0654
Fax: (713) 572-2904
Service area: Arizona, California (Mono, Inyo, Kings, San Luis Obispo, Kern, Santa Barbara, Ventura, Los Angeles, San Bernardino, Orange, Riverside, Imperial and San Diego Counties), Colorado, New Mexico, Nevada (Clark, Lincoln, Nye, Esmeralda and Mineral Counties).
Location: 10990 Wilshire Boulevard, Suite 300
Los Angeles, CA 90024, USA
Phone: (310) 235-3250 ; Fax: (310) 479-4813
Service area: Florida, Bahamas, U.S. Virgin Islands, Turks and Caicos Islands, Cayman Islands.
Location: Biscayne Tower, 2 South Biscayne Boulevard, Suite 1710
Miami, FL 33131, USA
Phone: (305) 372-9798 /99 ; Fax: (305) 372-9549
Service area: Louisiana.
Location: Amoco Building 1340 Poydras Street, Suite 1710
New Orleans, ÊLA 70112, USA
Phone: (504) 523-5772 ; Fax: (504) 523-5725
Service area: Connecticut, New Jersey, New York, Bermuda.
Location: 934 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10017, USA
Visa section: 10 East 74th Street, New York , NY 10021, USA
Phone: (212) 606-3644 ; Recorded information: (212) 606-3688
Fax: (212) 606-3670
Service area: Alaska, California (except for Mono, Inyo, Kings, San Luis Obispo, Kern, Santa Barbara, Ventura, Los Angeles, San Bernardino, Orange, Riverside, Imperial and San Diego Counties), Idaho, Montana, Nevada (except for Clark, Lincoln, Nye, Esmeralda and Mineral Counties), Oregon, Utah, Washington, Wyoming.
Location: 540 Bush Street
San Francisco, CA 94108, USA
Phone: (415) 397-4330 ; Fax: (415) 433-8357
Visas only: (415) 616-4910 ; Fax: 397-7843
San Juan, P.R.- No website found you will have to call
Service area: Puerto Rico & Vieques, U.S. Virgin Islands, British Virgin Islands, Turks & Cayman Islands, Anguilla, Caicos Islands, Montserrat.
Location: Mercantile Plaza, Suite 720, Ponce de Leon Avenue
Stop 27-1/2, Hato Rey, Puerto Rico
Phone: (809) 753-1700 /01
Service area: Delaware, District of Columbia, Maryland, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia.
Offices are open to the public from 8:45am to 12:45pm on weekdays.
Location: 4101 Reservoir Road N.W.
Washington, DC 20007, USA
Phone: Embassy: (202) 944-6000 ; Consulate: (202) 944-6200 ;
Fax: Embassy: (202) 944-6072 ; Consulate: (202) 944-6212
If you have any questions about this process feel free to ask by leaving a comment below.