Visa for the spouse of a French national

From Wednesday June 10 2015, NO PHONE CALL to the visa section will be answered. Please send your questions by EMAIL ONLY. visas.houston-fslt@diplomatie.gouv.fr

IMPORTANT

If you provide a FEDEX envelop to receive your passport at your residence’s address, this envelop MUST mention:

From: your address (NOT the address of the French Consulate)
To: your address


Please note that you are required to book an appointment onlineto apply for a visa at the Consulate General of France in Houston.
No appointment will be given by phone under any circumstances.
PERSONAL APPEARANCE IS MANDATORY : you cannot apply by mail.

A foreign citizen married to a French citizen is exempt of the processing fees.

You have to apply with the French Consulate in Houston, only if you study or reside in one of the following states : Texas, Arkansas, Oklahoma and Louisiana.

To know where to apply, click here.

You have to apply with all the required documents in original + ONE COPY of each document. The visa section does not make any copies.

1. Short stay visa for the spouse of a French national


Please do not forget to make a copy of each original document. The visa section does not make any copy.

If you would like to spend less than 90 days in France, the following documents must be presented :

  • 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
  • 1 short stay application form filled out and clearly readable. Please use black ink. Make sure your cell phone number and e-mail address are also added upon the forms ;
  • a proof of status held in the United States (green card, valid american visa with the I-94, and the valid I-20 or the valid I-AP66….) for the non - American citizens. Holders of a B1/B2 visa will require a more complex and longer procedure (up to 2 weeks);
  • VISAS PETITIONERS MARRIED TO A FRENCH CITIZEN MUST PROVIDE THE FOLLOWING PROOF OF MARRIAGE:

-  The marriage was celebrated in France: complete certificate of marriage (recent: less than 3 months), issued by the City Hall where the marriage was celebrated. The French family record ("livret de famille") alone is not enough.

-  The marriage was celebrated abroad: complete certificate of marriage (recent: less than 3 months), issued by the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Can be obtained by mail through this link: https://pastel.diplomatie.gouv.fr/Dali/index2.html
The certificate of marriage is required to be produced on the day of the appointment. Failure to submit it will result in denial of the visa application.
Foreign certificates of marriage will not be accepted. No exception.

  • a proof of the French nationality of your spouse ( national identity card or French national certificate ; the passport is not accepted as a proof);
  • An address in France and a proof (hotel booking, bills of friends / family you are going to stay with... )

2. Visa of establishment

This visa requires a minimum of 10 business days to be processed. We strongly recommend to apply for this visa at least 3 to 4 weeks prior to the planned departure.

This section concerns persons who wish to settle in metropolitan France, the "DROM" (Guadeloupe, French Guyana, Martinique, Saint Martin, Saint Barthélémy, and Réunion) and St Pierre et Miquelon.
It does not concern persons who wish to settle in New Caledonia, French Polynesia, Wallis and Futuna, and Mayotte : contact the french consulate at visas.houston-fslt@diplomatie.gouv.fr

This visa applies to all nationalities, including US Citizens.

It does not concern nationals of the European Union, of European Economic Space, of Switzerland, of Monaco, of St. Martin and of Algeria : read the section "spouse of a European Union citizen or contact the French consulate at visas.houston-fslt@diplomatie.gouv.fr

The foreign spouse of a French citizen must obtain a long stay visa, valid as a resident card, for any stay longer than 90 days in France. If granted this visa is like a resident card , valid for one year. The holder of the visa will need to register at the local branch of OFII (French Office for Immigration and Integration) in the three months following the arrival in France. The OFII will apply a stamp aknowledging the presence on the French territory.
click here to access the OFII website.

This visa allows you to work in France.

REQUIREMENTS

You have to apply with all the required documents in original + ONE COPY of each document. The visa section does not make any copies.

PERSONAL APPEARANCE IS MANDATORY : you cannot apply by mail.

  • 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 six months and have at least 2 blank visas pages left
  • 1 long stay application form filled out and clearly readable. Please use black ink. Make sure your cell phone number and e-mail address are also added upon the forms.
  • a proof of status held in the United States (green card, valid american visa with the I-94, and the valid I-20 or the valid I-AP66….) for the non - American citizens. Holders of a B1/B2 visa will require a more complex and longer procedure, and are obliged to apply in person,
  • VISAS PETITIONERS MARRIED TO A FRENCH CITIZEN MUST PROVIDE THE FOLLOWING PROOF OF MARRIAGE:

-  The marriage was celebrated in France: complete certificate of marriage (recent: less than 5 months), issued by the City Hall where the marriage was performed
-  The marriage was celebrated abroad: complete certificate of marriage (recent: less than 5 months), issued by the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Can be obtained by mail through this link: https://pastel.diplomatie.gouv.fr/Dali/index2.html
The certificate of marriage is required to be produced on the day of the appointment. Failure to submit it will result in denial of the visa application.
Foreign certificates of marriage will not be accepted. No exception.

  • a proof of French nationality of your spouse ( national identity card or French national certificate, the passport is not accepted as proof),
  • proof of the residency in France (ex: phone bill or electricity bill ...)
  • If you cannot come back to the Consulate to pick up your passport and your visa (the Consulate will keep your passport during the processing time), you will need to provide, at the time of the application, a self-addressed prepaid envelope with a tracking number (FEDEX, UPS, EXPRESS MAIL). FEDEX envelope with you account number and FEDEX Ground envelopes are NOT accepted. You may use one envelope per family if you buy “flat rate”.

Please keep your tracking number on the envelope so that you can check the status of your package delivery. The Consulate is not responsible for losses. You will have to fill out all the information on the prepaid envelope:

From/Sender:
Your full name
Your address

To/Recipient:
Your full name
Your address

Envelopes with the Consulate as Sender will not be accepted.

Dernière modification : 07/11/2016

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