France Visa Types For US Citizens

US citizens who want to enter and stay in France for more than 90 days have several visa types to choose from. Note that you must choose the visa type that best suits your travel purpose.

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    Do USA Citizens Need a Visa To Go To France?

    US citizens can enter France without a visa, provided they have a valid US international passport. The reason is that US citizens are not required to first obtain a visa to enter any country in the Schengen area of which France is a member state.

    As a US citizen, you are permitted to enter France and other countries in the Schengen area and stay for up to 90 days within 180 days.

    However, if you wish to remain in France beyond 90 days, you must obtain a corresponding France visa that aligns with your aim of entering the country.

    But if you are a non-US citizen resident in the US, whose country does not have a visa-free agreement with France, you must meet France visa requirements and obtain a France visa before you enter the country.

    The visa you will obtain must correspond with your travel purpose and you will be free to enter other countries in the Schengen zone without obtaining an additional visa.

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    The Types Of France Visas For USA Citizens

    All France visas are designed to serve various travel purposes of US and non-US applicants who live in the US. But most importantly, these visas depend on the duration of stay in France. If you want to enter France, you can apply for the following visa types:

    • France Short-Stay visas
    • France Long-Stay visas

    France Short-Stay Visas

    The France Short-Stay visa, otherwise known as the Schengen visa, is typically issued for family visits, business trips, tourism and transit through a French airport. This visa allows its holder to enter France and stay for 90 days within 180 days.

    It is also issued to foreign nationals who want to partake in short training programs, conferences, corporate meetings, internships, etc., provided the stay does not exceed 90 days.

    The France Short-Stay visa is also needed for one-time transit through France at any airport outside the international zone, that’s if:

    • You’re at a hotel or a friend’s house awaiting a transfer flight
    • You have to change airports to proceed with your trip

    France Long-Stay Visas

    If you wish to enter France and stay in the country for more than 90 days, you must obtain a Long-Stay visa. The duration of a Long-Stay visa is typically from 3 to 12 months (1 year).

    These visas, just like the Schengen visas, are designed to meet the various travel purposes of applicants. Hence, the type of Long-Stay visa you will obtain depends on your reason for entering France.

    Its bearer is granted the same rights as that of a temporary or multi-year residence permit during its validity period.

    You can apply for a residence permit if you wish to stay for more than 1 year in France. Also, you can obtain a Long-Stay visa if your purpose of entering France is for retirement, family reunion, starting up a business, work, etc.

    With this visa, you will be allowed to live in France for a specified period. As a France Long-Stay visa holder, you will be granted the same rights as that of a temporary or multi-year residence permit holder during your visa validity period. You can enter other countries in the Schengen area with a France Long-Stay visa and remain for up to 90 days within 180 days.

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      France Work Visas


      This visa is designed for US citizens and other foreign nationals who want to enter France and engage in paid work activities for more than 90 days. The France Work visas include:

      • Salaried Employees Visa
      • Work visa for Creating and Running a Company or Business
      • Work visa for Professionals and Independent Workers
      • Sport visa
      • Volunteer Work visa
      • International Organization Work visa

      The general eligibility requirements for France Work visa applicants must provide in their application include:

      • Evidence of paid France Work visa fee.
      • France Work visa application form. Ensure you include an honest answer for the required information.
      • Two passport-sized photographs. These photographs must not be older than 3 months.
      • Your US international passport. It must be issued to you within the last 10 years. The passport must be valid for an additional 3 months after the expiry of your France Work visa. Additionally, your international passport must have 2 blank pages where your visa sticker will be attached.
      • Evidence of having enough finances. You must prove to the French authorities that you will cover your expenses when you enter France. You must provide the following:
        • Recent bank statements.
        • Retirement benefit plan.
        • Income from rented property.
        • Employment contract showing your salary, if you will work in France.
        • A letter of declaration from your sponsor (if your travel is being sponsored). The letter must explain that the sponsor is ready and has enough finances to cover all the costs of your travel and stay. The letter must be backed up with documents such as the last 3 month’s bank statements, etc.
        • Any other document in your possession to prove that you can support yourself financially during your stay in France.
      • Criminal record certificate. You must provide proof that you do not have any criminal charges against you in the US.

      Note that the documents that will be required of you to enter France for work purposes depend on the type of work you will do.

      Therefore, there are additional documents required of US applicants depending on the kind of work they will do in France.

      Additional Documents for Salaried Employees Visa

      • Work contract. You must provide the authentic work agreement along with its copy. It must be approved by the Regional Directorates for business, competition, consumption, labor and employment (DIRECCTE).
      • French Office for Immigration and Integration (OFII) form. This form is typically filled out when applicants apply for a French residence permit to remain in France beyond 3 months.
      • US police clearance. You are required to bring a police clearance certificate not older than 3 months to prove that you do not have a criminal record in the US.

      Additional Documents for Work Visa for Creating and Running a Business or Company

      • French tax clearance. It is issued by the French Inland Revenue for applicants resident in France for the past 10 years.
      • Proof of sufficient funds. Prove this by providing the last 3 months’ bank statements, and 3 last pay slips (if you are employed). You should include your degrees, CV, etc.
      • Business plan portfolio. If you want to set up a business, the business plan must have several years’ provisional budget.
        • Registration certificate from the French Company Register and rented business agreement.
        • A guarantee certificate from a French insurance company or bank, or a credit balance certificate from a bank account you own issued by a French registered bank.

      Additional Documents for Work Visa for Professionals and Independent Workers

      • Proof of sufficient funds. Get your last 3 months’ bank statements, 3 last pay slips and detailed transactions list.
      • Proof of your socio-professional situation, such as CV, degrees, employment certificate, etc.
      • Police clearance certificate.
      • Statutory declaration. It should confirm your innocence in each nation in which you have resided, accompanied by a sworn declaration validly certified by a justice of the peace, attesting to the applicant’s no bankruptcy in the last 10 years.

      Additional Documents for Sports Visa

      • OFII form
      • Work contract
      • Police clearance certificate
      • For Minors. Provide parental authorization and copies of parents’ passports

      Additional Documents for Volunteer Work Visa

      • Statutory declaration
      • Proof of sufficient funds
      • Police clearance certificate
      • A written parental authorization (for minors)
      • Voluntary work contract. It must include the name and address of the parties involved, the time you are hired for, a well-detailed description of the activities to be performed in the volunteering activity, confirmation of the registration, etc.

      Additional Documents for International Organization Work Visa

      • Note Verbale. A formal third-party letter that the International Organization issued and signed by the Protocol Office of the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs Protocol Office.

      France Family Visas


      The France Family visa is a type of France Long-Stay visa that is designed for foreigners to enter France to visit their family members, such as a child, parent, or spouse. With this visa, you can stay in France for more than 3 months and up to 1 year. The France Family visas include:

      • Family visa for a family member of a French citizen.
      • Adoption visa.
      • Family visa for a relative of non-EU/EEA/Swiss nationals (designed for foreigners residing in France).
      • Family visa for a family member of an EEA/EU/Swiss citizen.
      • Family visa for a ‘talent passport’ holder’s family members.

      The following are the general eligibility criteria for a France Family visa:

      • Evidence of paid visa relevant fee.
      • Two passport-sized photographs. It must have been taken within the last 3 months.
      • France National visa application form.
      • Your valid US international passport. It must have at least 2 blank pages where your visa will be attached.
      • Police clearance certificate. It must prove that you have not committed any crime in the US.
      • Your older visa copies. Gather the visas that you have used to enter any other country in the past years.

      Additional Documents for Spouse of French Citizen

      • French civil registry equivalent of a marriage certificate (Livret de Famille).
      • Evidence of your spouse’s nationality (for a spouse residing in France). The evidence could be a passport or ID card.

      Additional Documents for the Foreign Parent of a French Child

      • Evidence that you wish to enter France to join the French citizen.
      • Evidence of the child’s French nationality by presenting CNIS or valid passport.
      • Proof of the family connection between the French resident and the French child. Provide a full birth certificate as proof.

      Additional Documents for the Foreign Spouse/Child of an EU Citizen

      • Court decision (if the child is under the custody of 1 parent).
      • Valid international passport of the EU/EEA/Swiss national.
      • Passport of both biological parents of the child.
      • Authorization by a parent if the child is coming to France with the other parent.
      • Evidence of the relationship between the citizen residing in France and the child/spouse.
      • A sworn statement by the EU family member assuring that the visa applicant is truly a dependent.

      France Student Visas


      The France Student visas are designed for foreign nationals who intend to enter France for study purposes. With this visa, you will be permitted to live and study in France for more than 3 months. You will also be allowed to work for a specific amount of hours weekly on the Student visa.

      The France Student visas include:

      • France Student visa for students over 18
      • France Study visa for students under 18 (mineur scolarisé)
      • France Au Pair visa
      • France student trainee or intern visa
      • France visa for language assistants

      The general eligibility criteria for France Student visas include:

      • Two passport-sized photographs that conform with the guidelines of the French visa photos.
      • Proof of paid visa fees.
      • Valid US international passport. It must be obtained within the last 10 years and should be valid for an additional 3 months beyond the visa expiration. It must also have 2 blank pages where the visa will be attached.
      • Your France Student visa application online form.
      • Proof of financial subsistence during your study period in France.
      • Older visa copies.
      • Evidence of having purchased a student health insurance policy.
      • Police clearance certificate to prove that you have committed no crimes in the US.
      • Evidence of accommodation.

      Additional Documents for Student Visa for Students Over 18

      • Evidence of your academic level or status.
      • Cover letter.
      • Diplomas or certificates.
      • Evidence of pre-registration or registration at a French school that is related to your academic field. This document should bear your name, length of studies, type of studies, etc.

      Additional Documents for France Study Visa for Students Under 18 (mineur scolarisé)

      • Reports from previous schools
      • Proof of child’s French knowledge
      • Evidence of the child’s registration in a French school
      • Biological parents’ passports
      • Evidence of where the child will reside
      • Birth certificate of the child with both parents’ names. The birth certificate must be translated into French officially
      • Travel authorization that both parents signed
      • Documents to prove that the parent can cover the child’s financial needs
      • Pre-registration or registration at a French school
      • Last school year’s report cards
      • Vaccination certificate
      • Tuition payment receipts or letters of commitment to pay the fees
      • Proof of guardianship.

      Additional Documents for France Au Pair Visa

      • Diplomas
      • Evidence of academic status/level if needed
      • Medical certificate
      • Invitation letter from the host family

      Additional Documents for France Student Trainee or Intern Visa

      • Training establishment
      • Training agreement
      • Evidence that you will receive a monthly allowance
      • Evidence of academic level/status if necessary
      • A signed letter that explains the project in France
      • The internship agreement was filled out by the host and stamped by the DIRECTTE.
      • Evidence of activity, such as employment in the applicant’s home country.

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        France Business Visa

        A France Business visa authorizes its holder to enter France and engage in business-related activities for 90 days within 180 days.

        Below are the eligibility requirements for France Business visa:

        • Your French Business visa application form
        • Two passport-sized photos
        • Your valid US international passport
        • Copies of your older visas
        • Travel health insurance worth €30,000
        • Travel itinerary including your entry and departure date
        • Proof of financial means. Provide your bank statements, employment contract, etc.
        • Evidence of accommodation in France.
        • Last 6 months’ bank statement of your business.
        • Certificate from your employer describing the purpose of your travel, duration of stay, etc.
        • Certificate of criminal record
        • Proof of paid visa fee
        • Invitation letter from the French company that you are going to meet
        • Evidence of past trade relations between the two companies, if necessary
        • Entry cards at congresses or fairs (if needed)
        • Proof of your trip’s sponsorship by your employer or your company’s partner

        You might be required to submit further documents, depending on your situation and the country’s embassy.

        How Can Total Law Help?

        As a US citizen, you are allowed to enter France visa-free, but you must obtain a visa to stay in the country beyond 90 days. You must meet various eligibility requirements to qualify for a France visa to be allowed into the country.

        Your visa must align with your travel purpose, otherwise, your visa application will be rejected. If this is your first time applying for a France visa, gathering the documents needed to make a compelling application may be overwhelming for you.

        Our expert immigration lawyers at Total Law are always available to assist you throughout your online application. We can assist you in getting all the documents needed for the visa type that suits your travel purpose. Let us help you enter France hassle-free. Call us today on +1 844 290 6312 or message us online.

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                  Frequently Asked Questions

                  No, you do not need a visa to enter France as a US citizen, provided your stay does not exceed 90 days within 180 days.

                  British citizens do not need a visa to enter and stay in French territory for up to 90 days in 180 days.

                  Yes, regardless of your green card status, if you wish to stay in France for more than 90 days you must get a France visa.