General information about long stay visas
Please read carefully the "what to know before applying?" section before proceeding.
Any stay that exceeds 90 days in France or one of its DOM, TOM, CTOM or New Caledonia falls under a specific process and is not part of the Schengen Agreement.
Except for the nationalities listed hereunder, any foreigner going to France for more than 90 days needs to hold a long stay visa before departing.
Nationalities exempt from the mandatory long stay visa:
Andorra, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxemburg, Malta, Monaco, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Saint Marin, Holy See, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland adn the United Kingdom.
If you hold a passport of one of these countries, you do not need to apply for a long stay visa, regardless of the purpose of your stay.
However, if your country of citizenship is not listed above, please select the long stay visa most appropriate to your situation and file your application at the consulate.
We kindly remind you that applications must be filed in person at the Consulate (unless otherwise specified) sufficiently in advance, but no more than three (3) months prior to your scheduled departure.