Long stay visa for internship

You may apply for a visa at the Consulate General of France in Atlanta if you are a resident in the following states: Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee (please provide a copy of your driving license).

  • 1. Long stay visas and residence permit
  • 2. Do I need a visa?
  • 3. How to make an appointment
  • 4. Processing time
  • 5. Requirements
  • 6. Important information

    Applications can be processed up to 3 months from your departure date.

    As slots are limited, it is strongly recommended to make an appointment as early as possible. Applicants should be aware that the visa department is busy all year long, with peaks from March to the end of September, and from mid-October to the end of December.

    You MUST RESERVE your airline ticket but do NOT PURCHASE until the visa has been approved. The presentation of that airline reservation will be required before issuance of the visa.

1. Long stay visas and residence permit


If you plan on staying in France for longer than 3 months, you will need, in addition to the visa, to apply for a residence permit ("carte de séjour") within two months of entry into France.

For that purpose, the visa you will be issued will only be valid to allow your entry into the French territory (3 months validity).

You will then need to go to the Prefecture (local administration office) to apply for that residence permit, which will be valid for 1 year, renewable in France. You will not be able to get this permit without first getting the visa in your country of residence.

You must obtain your student/internship visa while in the USA. The visa cannot be issued once the applicant is in France.

2. Do I need a visa?


Yes, except if you are a citizen of Switzerland, Andorra, Vatican, San Marino, Monaco or of the European Economic Area :

Austria Belgium Bulgaria Cyprus
Czech Republic Denmark Estonia Finland
Germany Great-Britain Greece Hungary
Iceland Ireland Italy Latvia
Liechtenstein Lithuania Luxembourg Malta
The Netherlands Norway Poland Portugal
Romania Slovakia Slovenia Spain
Sweden


Also special rules apply for family members of an European Union citizen.

3. How to make an appointment?


For security reasons, all applicants have to appear personally at the Consulate General of France in Atlanta.

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


2 months for citizens from:

Afghanistan Algeria Bahrain
Burma Burundi Colombia
Congo DRC Egypt Indonesia
Iraq Iran Jordan
North Korea Kuwait Lebanon
Libya Oman Pakistan
Palestinians Philippines Qatar
US Re-entry permit US Refugee travel document Rwanda
Saudi Arabia Sudan Suriname
Syria Yemen United Arab Emirates
Zimbabwe


It may take about 21 days for all other nationalities.

Applications can be processed up to 3 months from your departure date.

5. Requirements


- Passport valid for at least three months after your return to the US + 1 photocopy 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 filled out completely and signed by the applicant.

- Two (2) recent ID pictures (white background, full face, no glasses nor hat, closed mouth taken less than 90 days ago) .

- The "convention de stage"(original + one copy) signed by you, your employer in France, your school or university or by the cultural office of the French Embassy, and stamped by the French Labor Department (DDTEFP) [1].

- Financial guarantee such as a notarized statement certifying that the applicant will be provided with a monthly allowance of $820.00 for the duration of his/her stay in France, or a proof of personal income and your last three bank statements.

- If you are not a U.S. citizen : a valid U.S. permanent residence card ("green card") or a valid U.S. visa with valid I-94 or valid I-20, or an Advance Parole document.
Please do NOT stick the mailing label on the envelope and fill out as follows :

- A self-addressed prepaid EXPRESS MAIL envelope from FEDEX and UPS. You may use one envelope per family. The Consulate General of France in Atlanta cannot be held responsible for loss of mail leaving the consulate.

Please stick the mailing label on the envelope and fill out as follows :

FROM:
Your full name
Your address

TO:
Your full name
Your address

Example:
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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 into France. The visa itself does not grant the right to enter France.

Dernière modification : 21/09/2016

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