Short stay visa for spouses of French nationals

1- Do I need a visa ?

- Do I need a visa for a short stay in France (less than 90 days) ?

  • NO, if you are a citizen of the United States of America, Canada, Mexico, or countries not listed just below.

  • YES, if you hold a passport issued by one of the following countries:

Afghanistan Albania [1] Algeria
Angola Armenia Azerbaidjan
Bahrein Bangladesh Belize
Benin Bhutan Belarus
Bolivia Bosnia [2] Botswana
Burkina Faso Burma Burundi
Cambodia Cameroon [3] Cape Verde
Central Africa Chad China
China - Hong Kong [4] China - Macao [5] China - Taiwan [6]
Colombia Comoros Congo
D.R. Congo (ex-Zaïre) Cuba Djibouti
Dominica Dominican Republic Ecuador
Egypt Equatorial Guinea Eritrea
Ethiopia Fiji Gabon
Gambia Georgia Ghana
Grenada Guinea Guinea Bissau
Guyana Haiti India
Indonesia Iran Iraq
Ivory Coast Jamaica Jordan
Kazakhstan Kenya Kirghizistan
Kiribati Kuweit Laos
Lebanon Lesotho Liberia
Libya Macedonia [7] Madagascar
Malawi Maldives Mali
Marshall Islands Mauritania Micronesia
Moldavia Mongolia Montenegro [8]
Morocco Mozambique Namibia
Nauru Nepal Niger
Nigeria North Korea Oman
Pakistan Palau Palestine
Papua Peru Philippines
Qatar Refugees Russia
Rwanda Solomon Samoa
Saudi Arabia Senegal Serbia [9]
Sierra Leone Somalia South Africa
Sri Lanka St Lucia St Thomas
St Vincent Sudan Surinam
Swaziland Syria Tadjikistan
Tanzania Thailand Togo
Tonga Trinidad & Tobago Tunisia
Turkey Turkmenistan Tuvalu
Uganda Ukraine United Arab Emirates
Uzbekistan Vanuatu Vietnam
Yemen former Yugoslavia Zambia

2- How to make an appointment ?

For security reasons, all applicants, except children under the age of 6, have to appear personally at the Consulate General of France in Chicago.

Please bear in mind that applications cannot be processed more than 3 months before your departure date.

The visa section is open to the public on an appointment basis, with no walk-ins allowed.

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IF YOU CANNOT PRINT YOUR CONFIRMATION RECEIPT IT IS NOT A PROBLEM. Simply show up on the date and time of your appointment .

No appointment can be made by phone or by e-mailing us. If you are not able to attend, please free a slot by canceling your appointment.

Make sure you bring all the required documents when coming to the Consulate General.

3- Processing time

The processing time (for France only, excluding overseas territories) is around 2 weeks for citizens of :

Afghanistan Algeria Bahrain
Bangladesh Belarus Burma
Burundi Congo DRC Egypt
Indonesia Iran Iraq
Jordan Kazakhstan North Korea
Kuwait Lebanon Libya
Mauritania Nigeria Oman
Pakistan Palestinians Philippines
Qatar US Re-entry permit US Refugee travel doc
Rwanda Saudi Arabia Sudan
Surinam Syria Yemen
United Arab Emirates Vietnam Zimbabwe

4- Requirements

ATTENTION: please read this important announcement before preparing your file:

From April 5th 2010, the implementation of the new Schengen code for the issue of visas will take effect.
On this occasion, we would like to remind all visa applicants that each file must be presented in exact duplicate (original of each document with their photocopies, as listed on the website).
The Consulate will, in no circumstance, make any photocopies and files can no longer be completed at a later stage.
All the files presented will be carefully examined by the Visa Department. However, we wish to emphasize the fact that if you do not produce all the requested documents (originals with their photocopies), the visa will be denied.
No exception will be made. For this reason, we do advise you to prepare your file with the utmost care in order to avoid any delays.

Applications are processed free of charge for spouses of French citizens

  1. Original passport or travel document (+ ONE COPY of the identity pages) Your passport must have been issued less than 10 years ago, be valid for at least three months after your return to the US and have at least 2 blank visas pages left.

  2. One application form filled out completely and signed by the applicant (please read carefully the explanations).

  3. One US passport size photo on a white background with no glasses and no hat and please do not smile

  4. Your travel itinerary : you MUST BOOK your airline ticket but do not purchase until the visa has been approved.

  5. Proof of marriage : family book "Livret de famille" (+ ONE COPY), your French marriage certicate ("copie intégrale de l’acte de mariage français ou de la transcription") obtained less than 2 months before the appointment (+ ONE COPY).

  6. Proof of Spouse’s nationality : spouse’s original "carte nationale d’identité" or consular registration card (« carte consulaire ») or "certificat de nationalité française" or the « ampliation du décret de naturalisation ou réintégration » of your French spouse (+ ONE COPY)

  7. A self-addressed prepaid EXPRESS MAIL envelope from the US POST OFFICE ONLY - NO FEDEX / UPS / AIRBORNE EXPRESS accepted.

    Please do NOT stick the mailing label on the envelope and fill out as follows :

205N. Michigan Ave, Suite 3700
Your full name
Your address

If you wish you may collect your passport in person in which case an envelope is not necessary

5- Important information

  • The consular administration has full authority to evaluate and request more documents than those submitted by the applicant.

  • Please be aware that submitting the aforementioned documents does not guarantee the approval of the visa.

  • Please note that holders of Schengen visas are still subject to immigration control upon first entry into a Schengen country. The visa itself does not grant the right to enter the Schengen space.

Last update: 25/10/2016

[1Except for biometric passports holders who do not need a short stay visa.

[2Except for biometric passports holders who do not need a short stay visa.

[3For Camerounese citizens willing to enter Germany, please note that you must present a valid Camerounese Identity card.

[4Except S.A.R. who do not need a short stay visa.

[5Except S.A.R. who do not need a short stay visa.

[6Except for ordinary Taiwanese passports which contains the identity card number of the holder. In this case, a short stay visa is not required.

[7Except for biometric passports holders who do not need a short stay visa.

[8Except for biometric passports holders who do not need a short stay visa.

[9Except for biometric passports holders who do not need a short stay visa.

Dernière modification : 25/10/2016

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