American citizen holders of a diplomatic or official passport travelling to France on officials business on behalf of the US Government, (including government agencies, contractors or Parliament delegations) have to apply for a visa before leaving the United States.
Individuals have to apply with the following requirements, if they intend to travel to France with a U.S Diplomatic or Official passport.
No appointments required for these applications. The whole requested following documents may be brought by a carrier at the visa section of the French General Consulate any opened business day between 3:00 and 4:00 pm only
REQUIREMENTS FOR A SHORT STAY (90 days of stay or less every 6 months):
Passport valid for at least three months beyond the applicant’s last day of stay in the Schengen states. Please make sure that :
The immigration officer of the visa section has full authority to decline a passport that wouldn’t meet the requirements and request a renewed one before you can apply for a visa at the French consulate.
A copy of the passport (identification page + page mentioning the validity of the passport if not mentioned on the ID page, or extended).
1 short stay application forms completely and clearly fully filled out and signed by the applicant. Imitation of a signature is a fraud and will be reported to the proper authorities. Please print in black. Indicate also your phone numbers and e-mail. Verify the number of forms by clicking here. (hint : forms should be signed twice in two dedicated boxes on the last third page. Signatures should be made precisely and consistently, and both matching the one in the passport. Lots of application are rejected because of signatures missing or suspected fraudulent.)
1 photograph (more information about the photograph). All photos must be recent, identical, passport size - 1,4" x 1,7" (3,5cm x 4,5cm) and showing face front the forehead hairline and ears on a white background, the face must take up 70-80% of the photograph. (hint for the picture size : measure the face size between the exterior of the two ears : from 3/4 of an inch to less than one inch the picture size will be fine. an inch or more, or less than 3/4 of an inch : high chance to be invalid to make a visa)
An official diplomatic letter from the Department of state. This letter should specify your name, your position, your passport’s type and date and purpose of travel. If one official note has been issued for several members of a same group of travelers, you have to provide one copy for each application package. (Moreover, official notes prepared with the mention "please refer to attached list" will not be accpected.)
For US Departments, please note that only few signers are appointed to issue official notes. You should contact the office in charge of the visas of your department or the SIA (Special Issuance Agency, 1111 19th Street, Washington, DC) for further information if necessary.
For the DOD only, the cover letter can be obtained through the Logistics Services of the US Army Services and Operations Agency (LSW) located on 9301 Chapel Road, Bldg 1458, Fort Belvoir, VA 22060. The POC can be reached at (703) 614-3767.
Failure to comply with any of these guidelines will lead your application to be rejected.
For informative purposes :
For US official and diplomatic passport, the average time process for a visa is usually from 3 to 4 business days. We advise you to apply at least 5 to 7 business days prior to your planned trip.
There is no liability for the visa office to speed up or be ready on time for an intended departure for applications presented late or incomplete.
When visas are ready, pick up by carriers can be made on same schedule hours as for drop offs : 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm only any opened day.
As a courtesy between nations, diplomatic or official passport holders are waived visas fees for their application.