United States of America

Apply for a visa in the United States of America to visit France

Visa applications submitted in the United States of America are examined by the French Consulate in Washington DC, only the Consulate is authorised to take decisions about visas.

The visa section of the Consulate General of France in Washington has resumed issuing visas.

The reception of visa applicants and the receipt of applications are handled by the 10 VFS Global centres in the United States and 1 centre in Jamaica :

  • Visa applicants living in the United States and the following territories (Bermuda, The Bahamas, The Cayman Islands, The Turks and Caicos Islands, The U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico) can set up their appointment at one of the 11 VFS Global centers regardless of their location. Residents in Puerto Rico can also apply for short stay Schengen visas at the Spanish Consulate in San Juan :
  • During our busy periods, it can take longer to secure an appointment. We recommend you make sure your appointment is at least :
    • 15 days before your date of departure for a short stay visa,
    • 1 month before for a long stay visa
  • Applications cannot be submitted more than 6 months before the departure date for short stay visa applications and more than 3 months before the departure date for long stay visa applications.
  • Please be careful : Beware of scams and unofficial websites proposing, in USA, to pay for an appointment or for a French visa. Please refer only to the information and the links you will find on France-Visas website.

Kindly note that the visa application submission procedure does not end after filling the form online on the France Visas website. You still need to print the application form and take it with you, along with all other required documents, when you submit your application at VFS.

Whom should I contact?

If you are unable to attend your original appointment, you can reschedule your appointment via VFS online appointment system up to 48 hours before your original appointment. Rescheduling is allowed only once. If you cancel your appointment or do not attend your appointment, you will not be eligible for a VFS service fee refund. For more information, please check out the VFS Global website.

Centre VFS Global à Atlanta

Contact details

100 Peachtree Street NW
Suite 225
30303 Atlanta
GA
United States of America

Map

Call center

(+1) 2127846157 / (+1) 3472523055

Email

info.franceusa@vfsglobal.com

Website

https://visa.vfsglobal.com/usa/en/fra/attend-centre/Atlanta

Submitting applications

(appointment only)

Monday 09:00 a.m.-03:30 p.m.
Tuesday 09:00 a.m.-03:30 p.m.
Wednesday 09:00 a.m.-03:30 p.m.
Thursday 09:00 a.m.-03:30 p.m.
Friday 09:00 a.m.-03:30 p.m.
Saturday Closed
Sunday Closed

 

Informations

Open on President’s Day / Closed on Christmas Eve.

Collecting passports

NA

VFS Global Centre in Boston

Contact details

160 Federal Street
17th Floor
02110 Boston
MA
United States of America

Map

Call center

(+1) 2127846157 / (+1) 3472523055

Email

info.franceusa@vfsglobal.com

Website

https://visa.vfsglobal.com/usa/en/fra/attend-centre/Boston

Submitting applications

(sur rendez-vous uniquement)

Monday 08:00 a.m.-03:00 p.m.
Tuesday 08:00 a.m.-03:00 p.m.
Wednesday 08:00 a.m.-03:00 p.m.
Thursday 08:00 a.m.-03:00 p.m.
Friday 08:00 a.m.-03:00 p.m.
Saturday Closed
Sunday Closed

Collecting passports

NA

VFS Global Centre in Chicago

Contact details

142 E. Ontario Street
17ème étage, Suite 1700
60611 Chicago
IL
United States of America

Map

Call center

(+1) 2127846157 / (+1) 3472523055

Email

info.franceusa@vfsglobal.com

Website

https://visa.vfsglobal.com/usa/en/fra/attend-centre/Chicago

Submitting applications

(appointment only)

Monday 08:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
Tuesday 08:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
Wednesday 08:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
Thursday 08:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
Friday 08:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
Saturday Closed
Sunday Closed

 

Collecting passports

NA

VFS Global Centre in Houston

Contact details

1001 Texas St. Suite 1020
Houston
TX 77479
United States of America

Map

Call center

(+1) 2127846157 / (+1) 3472523055

Email

info.franceusa@vfsglobal.com

Website

https://visa.vfsglobal.com/usa/en/fra/attend-centre/Houston

Submitting applications

(appointment only)

Monday 08:30 a.m.-03:30 p.m.
Tuesday 08:30 a.m.-03:30 p.m.
Wednesday 08:30 a.m.-03:30 p.m.
Thursday 08:30 a.m.-03:30 p.m.
Friday 08:30 a.m.-03:30 p.m.
Saturday Closed
Sunday Closed

 

Collecting passports

NA

VFS Global Centre in Los Angeles

Contact details

8530 Wilshire Blvd
Suite 450
90211 Beverly Hills
CA
United States of America

Map

Call center

(+1) 2127846157 / (+1) 3472523055

Email

info.franceusa@vfsglobal.com

Website

https://visa.vfsglobal.com/usa/en/fra/attend-centre/Los-Angeles

Submitting applications

(appointment only)

Monday 08:30 a.m.-03:30 p.m.
Tuesday 08:30 a.m.-03:30 p.m.
Wednesday 08:30 a.m.-03:30 p.m.
Thursday 08:30 a.m.-03:30 p.m.
Friday 08:30 a.m.-03:30 p.m.
Saturday Closed
Sunday Closed

Collecting passports

NA

VFS Global Centre in Miami

Contact details

2655 S Le Jeune Rd
Coral Gables Penthouse 1-A
33134 Miami
FL
United States of America

Map

Call center

(+1) 2127846157/ (+1) 3472523055

Email

info.franceusa@vfsglobal.com

Website

https://visa.vfsglobal.com/usa/en/fra/attend-centre/Miami

Submitting applications

(appointment only)

Monday 08:30 a.m.-03:30 p.m.
Tuesday 08:30 a.m.-03:30 p.m.
Wednesday 08:30 a.m.-03:30 p.m.
Thursday 08:30 a.m.-03:30 p.m.
Friday 08:30 a.m.-03:30 p.m.
Saturday Closed
Sunday Closed

 

Collecting passports

NA

VFS Global Centre in New York

Contact details

128 E 32d Street
3rd Floor
10016 New York
NY
United States of America

Map

Call center

(+1) 2127846157 / (+1) 3472523055

Email

info.franceusa@vfsglobal.com

Website

https://visa.vfsglobal.com/usa/en/fra/attend-centre/New-York

Submitting applications

(appointment only)

Monday 08:30 a.m.-03:30 p.m.
Tuesday 08:30 a.m.-03:30 p.m.
Wednesday 08:30 a.m.-03:30 p.m.
Thursday 08:30 a.m.-03:30 p.m.
Friday 08:30 a.m.-03:30 p.m.
Saturday Closed
Sunday Closed

Collecting passports

NA

VFS Global Centre in San Francisco

Contact details

2nd Floor
642 Harisson Street
San Francisco
CA 94107
United States of America

Map

Call center

(+1) 2127846157 / (+1) 3472523055

Email

info.franceusa@vfsglobal.com

Website

https://visa.vfsglobal.com/usa/en/fra/attend-centre/San-francisco

Submitting applications

(appointment only)

Monday 08:30 a.m.-03:30 p.m.
Tuesday 08:30 a.m.-03:30 p.m.
Wednesday 08:30 a.m.-03:30 p.m.
Thursday 08:30 a.m.-03:30 p.m.
Friday 08:30 a.m.-03:30 p.m.
Saturday Closed
Sunday Closed

Collecting passports

NA

VFS Global Centre in Seattle

Contact details

2033 6th Ave, Suite 200
Seattle
WA 98121
United States of America

Map

Call center

(+1) 2127846157 / (+1) 3472523055

Email

info.franceusa@vfsglobal.com

Website

https://visa.vfsglobal.com/usa/en/gbr/attend-centre/seattle

Submitting applications

(Appointment only)

1 wednesday every two weeks 09:00 a.m.-03:00 p.m.

Collecting passports

NA

VFS Global Centre in Washington DC

Contact details

1025 Vermont Ave NW
2nd Floor
20005 Washington
DC
United States of America

Map

Call center

(+1) 2127846157 / (+1) 3472523055

Email

info.franceusa@vfsglobal.com

Website

https://visa.vfsglobal.com/usa/en/fra/attend-centre/Washington%20DC

Submitting applications

(appointment only)

Monday 08:00 a.m.-03:00 p.m.
Tuesday 08:00 a.m.-03:00 p.m.
Wednesday 08:00 a.m.-03:00 p.m.
Thursday 08:00 a.m.-03:00 p.m.
Friday 08:00 a.m.-03:00 p.m.
Saturday Closed
Sunday Closed

Collecting passports

NA

Public holidays / closures

Closed on Saturdays and Sundays.

Public holidays in 2022 :

    January 01 : New Year's Day
    January 17 : Martin Luther King Day
    February 21 : Presidents Day
    May 30 : Memorial Day
    July 04 : Independence Day of USA
    September 05 : Labor Day
    October 10 : Columbus Day
    November 11 : Veterans Day
    November 24 : Thanksgiving Day
    November 25 : Black Friday
    December 26 : Christmas

Practical Informations

Please read carefully this page before applying.

 Application processing times

Processing times - upon receipt of a complete application - are given as general guidelines and will vary according to the applicant’s nationality and the type of visa.

There is no expedite procedure for a visa, and the Visa Section cannot influence this timeline of process.

Reminder: Do allow at least 15 days for visa processing.

Applications cannot be submitted more than 6 months before the departure date for short stay visa applications and more than 3 months before the departure date for long stay visa applications.

 Security Information

For security reasons, luggage, suitcases, backpacks, and any other large bags are not allowed on the premises of the Consulate of France.

Please make the proper arrangements before visiting the Consulate, since there is nowhere to store bags in the building.

You will not be allowed to enter the Consulate with any of the aforementioned bags under any circumstances.

The Consulate allows no guns on its premises, whether carried openly or concealed, under any circumstances.

Track your application status and Collecting your passport

Track your application status

You can follow the progress of your request from your France-Visas account, under "My requests".

Collecting your passport

Due to the health situation, and until further notice, passports will only be returned by registered mail.

Particular situations

Is there anything special about you?

  Visa requirements for American passport holders

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 calculating short stays within the Schengen area have changed. More details and a calculator online on the European Commission website. Visitors who intend to work in France do need to obtain a work authorization or get their "convention d’accueil" prior to their arrival in France.

Long Stay Visa Requirements: more than 90 days

American passport holders are all required to obtain a visa to spend more than 90 days in France.

 Visa requirements for official passport holders

Holders of official or diplomatic passports can submit their application directly to the visa section of the Consulate general of France in Washington DC (no appointments required, Monday to Friday, except holydays, from 2.30 to 3.30 pm).

They have the possibility as well to apply at one of the nine VFS Global centers regardless of their location (without appointment, from 1.00 to 3.00 pm).

Visas issued to holders of official passports (i.e. related to their functions) are free of charge (visa and service fee, if submission in a VFS visa application center).

 Visa requirements for holders of a refugee travel document or a permit to reenter

A visa is required for holders of a refugee travel document or a permit to reenter. We invite you to contact the French consulate of your residence for further information.

Fees

Fees

The fees required for filing a visa application are composed of:

  • Fees are seen in dollars (USD) by the French administration for the processing of your application. Payment is only accepted in US dollars (USD) and only by credit or debit card (only Mastercard or Visa). The amount received is kept by the administration, even in the case of refusal of Visa.
  • Service fees collected by VFS when you submit your application to the external service provider. The basic service fees are paid in the local currency and costs 34.29 USD per submitted application. Please note that the service fee cannot be reimbursed.

Help

Help

If you need assistance, VFS GLOBAL will gladly help you by phone or email: 

  • Helpline: +1 2127846157 or + 1 3472523055 (from 9:00 Atlantic time until 16:00 Pacific time)
  • Email ID: info.FranceUSA@vfsglobal.com

The visas office of the consulate general in Washington D.C. also answers requests by email. A quick answer will be given to your query, unless it is already explained on FranceVisa, therefore please do not send repeated messages and do not call the French Embassy nor the French consulates in the US.