Visa for the French overseas territories (CTOM).

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

1- What are the French overseas territories concerned ?

 

The French overseas territories concerned by this page are :

- French Polynesia
- Wallis and Futuna
- New Caledonia
- French austral territories (TAAF)
- Mayotte
- Saint-Martin
- Saint-Barthélemy
- Clipperton
- Saint Pierre and Miquelon

 

2- Do you need a visa to go there ?

 

To know if you need a visa for a tourist short stay of less than 90 days,please click here for the list of foreign nationals holding ordinary passports exempt from visa requirements.

For Diplomatic and official passport holders, please contact us.
 

However, if the purpose of your trip is NOT tourism, then you may still be required to get a visa before your departure (please check with us).
 

IT IS MANDATORY TO HAVE AN APPOINTMENT ON LINE TO GET A VISA. NO APPOINTMENT WILL BE GIVEN BY PHONE UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES.

 

3- Is a Schengen visa valid for the French overseas territories ?

 

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 a visa "Schengen + this territory"
 

Examples :
 

- You are traveling directly from the USA to Tahiti without going through Europe : you have to apply for a visa "French Polynesia".

- You are traveling from the USA to New Caledonia flying through Europe : you have to apply for a visa "Schengen + New Caledonia".

 

4- Requirements for a short stay visa.

 

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

If you do not reside in one of those states, you have to apply with another French Consulate, depending on where you live in the United states. To know where to apply, click here.
 

You have to apply with all the required documents in original and one copy.
The visa section does not make any copies.
 

A processing time of 2 weeks is needed.
 

  • 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: click on the document below, completely and clearly filled out. Please print in black. Indicate also your phone numbers and e-mail.
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Short stay form

 

  • A proof of resident status in the USA and its copy.( green card, valid US visa and copy of valid I-20 or valid I-AP66, visas...) if you are not a US citizen.

IMPORTANT: we do NOT accept applications from B1/B2 visa holders, they must apply in their country of residence.
 

The visa AND the US resident status must be still valid at least 3 months, after the last day of stay in the Schengen Area (short stay) and France (long stay).

  • the visa issued by the country of final destination, if needed.
     
  • Reservation with detailed itinerary. The roundtrip airline tickets will be required only when the visa is issued.
     
  • A letter from your insurance company stating that you will be covered for at least $ 50,000 during your stay in Europ for any medical and rapatriation expenses.A medical insurance with a 0 deductible is strongly recommended.
     
  • Proof of employment (for example, letter from the company stating continuing employment after the period of leave, and last payslip).
     
  • Depending on the purpose of the trip , one of the documents listed below:
    • For tourism : Hotel reservation, proof of registration with an organized tour, attestation of accommodation , etc., for the duration of your stay.
    • For business : official business invitation letter from a company in France .
    • For a private visit (family or friends) : Attestation of accommodation . Your host in the territories can obtain this document at the City Hall, by showing a proof of identity and 2 proofs of lodging (rental contract, and phone bill or power bill...)
  • Proof of sufficient funds to cover the cost of your stay : 3 last bank statements (+ 1 copy), travelers checks if visiting the United States, 100 dollars per day are suggested. For business: letter from the employer indicating the name and address of the companies in France, and guaranteeing the travel expenses;
     
  • For a minor, if traveling alone, a notarized parental authorization signed by both parents or guardian. If the minor travels with 1 parent, an authorization signed by the 2nd parent is required .
     
  • Processing fees: by credit card (Visa, Mastercard) cash or money-order only. Personal checks or American Express are not accepted.
     

    Personal appearance is required. IT IS MANDATORY TO HAVE AN APPOINTMENT ON LINE TO GET A VISA. NO APPOINTMENT WILL BE GIVEN BY PHONE UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES.

     

REMARKS:
The Consular Administration has full authority to appreciate and request more documents than those submitted by the applicant. Note that the visa does not in itself grant you the right to enter a French territory. It is necessary that you carry the original documents used to obtain the visa with you at all times. Border authorities may request that you show them upon entry to France.
 

5- Requirements for a long stay visa.

 
Read general information before applying.
 
The applicant must apply for the visa and should obtain it in his/her country of residence before arriving in one of these territories.
 
You have to apply with the French Consulate in Houston, only if you reside in one of the following states: Texas, Arkansas, Oklahoma.
 
If you do not reside in one of those states, you have to apply with another French Consulate, depending on where you live in the United states. To know where to apply, click here.

 
The procedure may take about 2 months.

 
You apply for this visa if you intend to settle in one of these territories (for example as a retiree).
If granted, this visa will allow you to go to a French prefecture and ask for a « carte de séjour » (residency card).

 
IT IS MANDATORY TO HAVE AN APPOINTMENT ON LINE TO GET A VISA. NO APPOINTMENT WILL BE GIVEN BY PHONE UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES.
 


  • 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 in French or in English (no copy)
     
  • Financial guarantee such as :
     
  • Letter from your bank stating that you have sufficient means of support to live in France;
     
  • Justification of retirement pensions;
     
  • A notarized declaration of your sponsor stating that he/she will be responsible for all your expenses and a proof of his/her assets.
     
  • A note, dated and signed by the applicant, stating that he/she does not intend to have in France and the overseas territories any paid professional activity which requires a work permit.
     
  • Proof of medical insurance with coverage valid in France. Letter from the insurance compagny only. A medical insurance with a 0 deductible is strongly recommended.
  • - A non criminal record certificate obtained from the police’s office of your city of residence.
     
  • Deed of your house/appartment in one of the French overseas territories.
     
  • Processing fees: by credit card (Visa, Mastercard) cash or money-order only. Personal checks or American Express are not accepted.
     

REMARKS :
The Consular Administration has full authority to appreciate and request more documents than those submitted by the applicant. The latter is hereby informed that submitting the aforementioned documents does not ensure automatic issuance of the visa.

Dernière modification : 15/12/2015

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