General information on procedures for submitting and processing visa applications

  • Download Application forms & other documents

    SHORT STAY VISA
    Short Stay Schengen Application Form (less than 90 days) (pdf)
    Attestation of Accomodation / Attestation d’accueil
    Required documents for a Schengen visa
    How to read a Shengen visa ?
    Shengen (...)

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  • Do I need a visa ?

    There are several categories of visa. The visa will depend on the type of travel document, nationality, length (more or less than 90 days) and place of stay (Schengen Area or French overseas). The followings rules (...)

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  • Visa requirements for American passport holders

    1. Short Stay Visa Requirements : up to 90 days
    American passport holders are not required to obtain a visa prior to visiting France for up to 90 days in any 180-day period.
    As of October 18th, 2013, the rules for (...)

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  • Where do I apply for my visa ?

    You may apply in Washington D.C. ONLY if you are a resident of Delaware, District of Columbia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia or West Virginia.
    If you are NOT a resident of these States, you must apply to the (...)

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  • Requirements for your passport

    Your passport can only be accepted by the visa officer if it meets the following requirements :
    Passport valid for at least three months beyond the applicant’s last day of stay in the Schengen states. Please make (...)

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  • ID picture requirements

    The picture is now scanned on the visa. The requirements concerning the pictures are consequently VERY important.
    The picture has to be taken ON A WHITE BACKGROUND.
    COLOR PHOTOS ONLY.
    To get those requirements, (...)

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  • The medical insurance requirement

    Along with other required documents needed to get a Schengen visa, all applicants have to present a medical insurance valid for the Schengen territory (regulation of the European Union: decision 2004/17/CE of (...)

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  • Processing fees

    According to regulation passed by the Council of European Union in 2003 (2003/454/CE), the applicants are now charged for the visa process. The fees have to be paid when filing the application.
    In case of a visa (...)

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  • Appointment system (Visas)

    The visa section of the French Consulate in Washington DC is open by appointment only.

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  • Processing times

    Processing times - upon receipt of a complete application - are given as general guidelines and will vary according to the applicants nationality and the type of visa.
    There is no expedite procedure for a visa, and (...)

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