1. Do you need a visa ?
Exempt from visa requirements are :
nationals of the European Union, the European Economic Area (EEA), and Switzerland.
nationals of the following countries: Albania*, Andorra, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Bahamas, Barbados, Bolivia, Bosnia, Brunei Darussalam, Canada, Chile, Costa Rica, Croatia, El Salvador, Guatemala, Holy See, Honduras, Israel, Macedonia*, Malaysia, Mauritius, Monaco, Montenegro*, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Saint Kitts and Nevis, San Marino, Serbia*, Seychelles, Taiwan (passport bearing identity card number), Uruguay, and (exempt only for Guadeloupe, Martinique and Saint Martin only), Anguilla, Tortola, Turks and Caicos Islands.
*bearers of biometric passports only
nationals of the following countries: Australia, Brazil (except for French Guiana), Japan, Mexico, Singapore, South Korea, United States, Venezuela. This exemption does not apply in the case of gainful employment in a DROM.
passengers on cruise ships are exempt from visa requirements to enter and stay in these territories for the duration of the stop if they are green card holders or if they hold a valid US resident visa.
2. Is a Schengen visa valid for French Overseas Department ?
No, you have to apply for a specific visa, allowing you to visit these territories. If you intend to visit both France and one of these territories, you have to apply for two different visas.
3. 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 Miami.
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.
4. Processing time
Processing time depends on your citizenship :
It can go from 48 to 36 hours for most nationalities up to 15 days if you are a citizen from :
|| Bangladesh |
|| Guyana* |
|| Iran |
|| North Korea |
|| Pakistan |
|| US Refugee travel doc
|| Rwanda |
| Saudi Arabia
|| Surinam* |
|| United Arab Emirates |
* 7 days processing time
Applications cannot be processed more than 3 months ahead of time.
|Please provide us with the original + 1 copy of each document. The visa section does not make any copies, you must bring your documents and the required copies.|
- 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.
- Processing fee
- One application form, french, spanish - filled out completely and signed by the applicant (please read carefully the explanations.
- One ID picture glued/stapled onto the application form (white background, full face, no glasses nor hat, closed mouth)
- A valid U.S. permanent residence card ("green card") or a valid US visa with valid I-94 / valid I-20, or an Advance Parole document.
We do NOT accept applications from B1/B2 visa holders who are not resident of Caiman Islands, Bahamas or Turk & Caicos Islands. They must apply in their country of residence.
- If the country of final destination is not the applicant’s country of citizenship, please submit a valid visa, a resident permit, a work permit or any other document showing that the applicant is allowed to enter or reside in such country.
- Proof of socio-professional status :
- letter of employment in the U.S confirming your salary, hire date, position and dates of vacation (business registration if self employed)
- and your last 2 paystubs
- or letter from your school or university confirming your enrollment status, attendance and expected graduation date
- Proof of financial means : your last 2 bank statements
- Your travel itinerary : you MUST BOOK your airline ticket but do not purchase until the visa has been approved.
- Proof of medical coverage abroad : a letter from your insurance company stating that you are covered abroad or a travel insurance to be purchased from a travel agency (minimum amount of 50,000 US$)
- Proof of accomodation :
- Confirmed hotel reservations for your entire stay
- or, if you are staying with friends or family, original of "Attestation d’Accueil" that your host has to request at the City Hall (Mairie) in France
- For a business trip: please also provide a letter from your employer in the US or from your host company in France stating that you are in France on behalf of the company, giving the name and address of the contact person(s) in France and guaranteeing full responsibility for expenses, lodging, and return to the United States
- If the applicant is under 18 years old :
- notarized copy of his (her) birth certificate
- notarized authorization from the non traveling parent(s) allowing his child to travel to France.
- if you are divorced : certified copy of divorce decree stating that you have full custody of the child(ren).
- note : at least one legal guardian must be present at the time of the application
- In case that you do not want to pick up your passport in person, a self-addressed prepaid envelope from the US POST OFFICE (Express or Priority Mail) - FEDEX or UPS .
Please stick the mailing label on the envelope and fill out as follows :
|Your full name|
6. 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 visas are still subject to immigration control upon first entry. The visa itself does not grant the right to enter one territory.
Last update : 28/06/2011