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Paris Embassy & Visa

US Embassy in France
2 avenue Gabriel
75382 Paris Cedex 08
01 43 12 22 22
http://france.usembassy.gov/

United States Embassy
Office of American Services
2, rue Saint-Florentin
75382 Paris Cedex 08
01 43 12 22 22
http://france.usembassy.gov/

American Chamber of Commerce in France
156 Boulevard Haussmann
75008 Paris
01 56 43 45 67
www.amchamfrance.org

French General Consulate
4101 Reservoir Road, N.W.
Washington D.C. 20007
(202) 944 6195
www.info-france-usa.org

Visa
Americans planning to stay in France for more than 3 months, or for purposes other than tourism, must have a long-stay visa (visa de long séjour) in their passports on arrival in France. They must apply for the appropriate long-stay visa issued in the U.S., at the French Consulate having jurisdiction where they reside in the U.S. It is not possible for an American to come to France as a tourist and then change his/her status to that of a worker, a student or a resident. The French authorities will require such individuals to return to the U.S. to apply for the appropriate visa. Bearers of long-stay visas must apply for a Carte de séjour within a week of their arrival.

Specific information and application forms are available from the French Consulates in the U.S. A visa applicant will be required to submit an application form accompanied by supporting documents: a valid passport, several passport-type photographs and proof that the applicant can financially support himself and any dependents who may accompany him during his stay in France. Proof of medical insurance with coverage in France is often a prerequisite for issuance of a visa. In some cases, a police clearance record is required.