U.S. Visas

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U.S. Visa: Reciprocity and Civil Documents by Country

France

France
French Republic

Reciprocity Schedule

Select a visa category below to find the visa issuance fee, number of entries, and validity period for visas issued to applicants from this country*/area of authority.

Explanation of Terms

Visa Classification: The type of nonimmigrant visa you are applying for.

Fee: The reciprocity fee, also known as the visa issuance fee, you must pay. This fee is in addition to the nonimmigrant visa application fee (MRV fee).

Number of Entries: The number of times you may seek entry into the United States with that visa. "M" means multiple times. If there is a number, such as "One", you may apply for entry one time with that visa.

Validity Period: This generally means the visa is valid, or can be used, from the date it is issued until the date it expires, for travel with that visa. If your Validity Period is 60 months, your visa will be valid for 60 months from the date it is issued.

Visa Classifications
A
B
C
D
E
F
G
H
I
J
K
L
M
N
O
P
Q
R
S
T
U
V
Visa
Classification
Fee Number
of Entries
Validity
Period
A-1 None Multiple 36 Months
A-2 None Multiple 36 Months
A-3 1 None Multiple 24 Months
B-1 None Multiple 120 Months
B-2 None Multiple 120 Months
B-1/B-2 None Multiple 120 Months
C-1 None Multiple 120 Months
C-1/D None Multiple 120 Months
C-2 None Multiple 12 Months
C-3 None Multiple 60 Months
CW-1 11 None Multiple 12 Months
CW-2 11 None Multiple 12 Months
D None Multiple 120 Months
E-1 2 A None Multiple 60 Months
E-2 2 A None Multiple 60 Months
E-2C 12 None Multiple 24 Months
F-1 None Multiple 60 Months
F-2 None Multiple 60 Months
G-1 None Multiple 60 Months
G-2 None Multiple 60 Months
G-3 None Multiple 60 Months
G-4 None Multiple 60 Months
G-5 1 None Multiple 24 Months
H-1B None Multiple 60 Months 3
H-1C None Multiple 60 Months 3
H-2A None Multiple 60 Months 3
H-2B None Multiple 60 Months 3
H-2R None Multiple 60 Months 3
H-3 None Multiple 60 Months 3
H-4 None Multiple 60 Months 3
I None Multiple 60 Months
J-1 4 None Multiple 60 Months
J-2 4 None Multiple 60 Months
K-1 None One 6 Months
K-2 None One 6 Months
K-3 None Multiple 24 Months
K-4 None Multiple 24 Months
L-1 None Multiple 60 Months
L-2 None Multiple 60 Months
M-1 None Multiple 60 Months
M-2 None Multiple 60 Months
N-8 None Multiple 60 Months
N-9 None Multiple 60 Months
NATO 1-6 10 None Multiple 36 Months
NATO-7 1 None Multiple 24 Months
O-1 None Multiple 60 Months 3
O-2 None Multiple 60 Months 3
O-3 None Multiple 60 Months 3
P-1 None Multiple 60 Months 3
P-2 None Multiple 60 Months 3
P-3 None Multiple 60 Months 3
P-4 None Multiple 60 Months 3
Q-1 6 None Multiple 15 Months 3
R-1 None Multiple 60 Months
R-2 None Multiple 60 Months
S-5 7 None One 1 Month
S-6 7 None One 1 Month
S-7 7 None One 1 Month
T-1 9 N/A N/A N/A
T-2 None One 6 Months
T-3 None One 6 Months
T-4 None One 6 Months
T-5 None One 6 Months
T-6 None One 6 Months
TD 5 N/A N/A N/A
U-1 None Multiple 48 Months
U-2 None Multiple 48 Months
U-3 None Multiple 48 Months
U-4 None Multiple 48 Months
U-5 None Multiple 48 Months
V-1 None Multiple 120 Months
V-2 None Multiple 120 Months 8
V-3 None Multiple 120 Months 8
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Country Specific Footnotes

The Treaty which entered into force on December 21, 1960, applies only to mainland France and the departments of Martinique, Guadeloupe, French Guiana and Reunion.

Although care has been taken to ensure the accuracy, completeness and reliability of the information provided, please contact the U.S. Embassy or Consulate where you plan to apply if you believe this information is in error or if you have further questions.

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Visa Category Footnotes
  1. The validity of A-3, G-5, and NATO 7 visas may not exceed the validity of the visa issued to the person who is employing the applicant. The "employer" would have one of the following visa classifications:

    • A-1
    • A-2
    • G-1 through G-4
    • NATO 1 through NATO 6

  2. An E-1 and E-2 visa may be issued only to a principal alien who is a national of a country having a treaty, or its equivalent, with the United States. E-1 and E-2 visas may not be issued to a principal alien if he/she is a stateless resident. The spouse and children of an E-1 or E-2 principal alien are accorded derivative E-1 or E-2 status following the reciprocity schedule, including any reciprocity fees, of the principle alien’s country of nationality.  

    Example: John Doe is a national of the country of Z that has an E-1/E-2 treaty with the U.S. His wife and child are nationals of the country of Y which has no treaty with the U.S. The wife and child would, therefore, be entitled to derivative status and receive the same reciprocity as Mr. Doe, the principal visa holder.  

  3. The validity of H-1 through H-3, O-1 and O-2, P-1 through P-3, and Q visas may not exceed the period of validity of the approved petition or the number of months shown, whichever is less.

    Under 8 CFR §214.2, H-2A and H-2B petitions may generally only be approved for nationals of countries that the Secretary of Homeland Security has designated as participating countries. The current list of eligible countries is available on USCIS's website for both H-2A and H-2B visas. Nationals of countries not on this list may be the beneficiary of an approved H-2A or H2-B petition in limited circumstances at the discretion of the Department of Homeland Security if specifically named on the petition.  

    Derivative H-4, L-2, O-3, and P-4 visas, issued to accompanying or following-to-join spouses and children, may not exceed the validity of the visa issued to the principal alien.

  4. There is no reciprocity fee for the issuance of a J visa if the alien is a United States Government grantee or a participant in an exchange program sponsored by the United States Government.

    Also, there is no reciprocity fee for visa issuance to an accompanying or following-to-join spouse or child (J-2) of an exchange visitor grantee or participant.

    In addition, an applicant is eligible for an exemption from the MRV fee if he or she is participating in a State Department, USAID, or other federally funded educational and cultural exchange program (program serial numbers G-1, G-2, G-3 and G-7).

    However, all other applicants with U.S. Government sponsorships, including other J-visa applicants, are subject to the MRV processing fee.

  5. Under the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), Canadian and Mexican nationals coming to engage in certain types of professional employment in the United States may be admitted in a special nonimmigrant category known as the "trade NAFTA" or "TN" category. Their dependents (spouse and children) accompanying or following to join them may be admitted in the "trade dependent" or "TD" category whether or not they possess Canadian or Mexican nationality. Except as noted below, the number of entries, fees and validity for non-Canadian or non-Mexican family members of a TN status holder seeking TD visas should be based on the reciprocity schedule of the TN principal alien.

    Canadian Nationals

    Since Canadian nationals generally are exempt from visa requirement, a Canadian "TN' or "TD" alien does not require a visa to enter the United States. However, the non-Canadian national dependent of a Canadian "TN", unless otherwise exempt from the visa requirement, must obtain a "TD" visa before attempting to enter the United States. The standard reciprocity fee and validity period for all non-Canadian "TD"s is no fee, issued for multiple entries for a period of 36 months, or for the duration of the principal alien's visa and/or authorized period of stay, whichever is less. See 'NOTE' under Canadian reciprocity schedule regarding applicants of Iranian, Iraqi or Libyan nationality.

    Mexican Nationals

    Mexican nationals are not visa-exempt. Therefore, all Mexican "TN"s and both Mexican and non-Mexican national "TD"s accompanying or following to join them who are not otherwise exempt from the visa requirement (e.g., the Canadian spouse of a Mexican national "TN") must obtain nonimmigrant visas.

    Applicants of Iranian, Iraqi or Libyan nationality, who have a permanent resident or refugee status in Canada/Mexico, may not be accorded Canadian/Mexican reciprocity, even when applying in Canada/Mexico. The reciprocity fee and period for "TD" applicants from Libya is $10.00 for one entry over a period of 3 months. The Iranian and Iraqi "TD" is no fee with one entry over a period of 3 months.

  6. Q-2 (principal) and Q-3 (dependent) visa categories are in existence as a result of the 'Irish Peace Process Cultural and Training Program Act of 1998'. However, because the Department anticipates that virtually all applicants for this special program will be either Irish or U.K. nationals, the Q-2 and Q-3 categories have been placed only in the reciprocity schedules for those two countries. Q-2 and Q-3 visas are available only at the Embassy in Dublin and the Consulate General in Belfast.

  7. No S visa may be issued without first obtaining the Department's authorization.

  8. V-2 and V-3 status is limited to persons who have not yet attained their 21st birthday. Accordingly, the period of validity of a V-2 or V-3 visa must be limited to expire on or before the applicant's twenty-first birthday.

  9. Posts may not issue a T-1 visa. A T-1 applicant must be physically present in the United States, American Samoa, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands or a U.S. port of entry, where he/she will apply for an adjustment of status to that of a T-1. The following dependents of a T-1 visa holder, however, may be issued a T visa at a U.S. consular office abroad:

    • T-2 (spouse)
    • T-3 (child)
    • T-4 (parent)
  10. The validity of NATO-5 visas may not exceed the period of validity of the employment contract or 12 months, whichever is less.

  11. The validity of CW-1 and CW-2 visas shall not exceed the maximum initial period of admission allowed by DHS (12 months) or the duration of the transition period ending December 31, 2014, whichever is shortest.

  12. The validity of E-2C visas shall not exceed the maximum initial period of admission allowed by DHS (24 months) or the duration of the transition period ending December 31, 2014, whichever is shortest.

 

 

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General Documents

Note:  If it is claimed that an original record was made in a territory devastated during the war, positive proof of the non-existence of the record may be obtained from the appropriate authorities in the form of a letter or certificate. The form of a document often varies according to the district in which they are issued. They are sometimes typed, but frequently written in longhand, and all of them, except military discharge, bear appropriate fee stamps, as well as the signature and seal of the issuing authority. Fraud in the issuance of such documents is rare. The foregoing information applies to all departments of France, regardless of location.

Birth, Death, Burial Certificates

Birth Certificates

Available

Fees:   There are no fees

Document Name: Copie Integrale de l’Acte de Naissance 

Issuing Authority:

  • For persons born in France: “Copie Integrale de l’Acte de Naissance” are obtainable from la Mairie (Office of the Mayor) at the place of birth.
  • For French nationals born in a foreign country: they are available from the Ministere des Affaires Etrangeres, Service de l'Etat Civil, 20 Allee Brancas, 44 - Nantes.
  • For French nationals born in a French colony: they may be obtained from the Direction des Archives de France, Section Outre-Mer, 5 Bd. Barthou, BP 1056, 44035 Cedex Nantes

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format:  round black/blue/red inked stamp seal and/or dry seal

Issuing Authority Personnel Title:   Mairie or Ministere des Affaires Etrangeres

Registration Criteria:  online at https://www.service-public.fr/

Procedure for Obtaining: applicants must follow the online instructions

Certified Copies Available: No,  a French birth certificate is either a copy from the civil register  Or a computerized document but always with a dry and/or ink seal and signature

Alternate Documents:   Original birth certificates from O.F. P.R. A. for refugees in France

Exceptions:   None

Comments:   None

 

Death/Burial Certificates

Available

Fees:   There are no fees

Document Name: Acte de Deces

Issuing Authority: Office of the Mayor (la Mairie) of the place where the death occurred.

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format:   round black/blue inked stamp seal and/or dry seal

Issuing Authority Personnel Title:    Mairie or Ministere des Affaires Etrangeres in Nantes if death occurred outside France

Registration Criteria:  online  at    https://www.service-public.fr/

Procedure for Obtaining: applicants must follow the online instructions

Certified Copies Available:   No, usually original computerized certificates are issued with dry seal

Alternate Documents:     There are no alternate documents

Exceptions:   None

Comments:  None

Marriage, Divorce Certificates

Marriage Certificates

Available

Fees: There are no fees

Document Name: Copie intégrale de l'Acte de Mariage

Issuing Authority: Office of the Mayor (la Mairie) of the town in which the marriage took place.

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format: round black/blue inked stamp seal and/or dry seal

Issuing Authority Personnel Title: Mairie City Hall

Registration Criteria: online at  https://www.service-public.fr/

Procedure for Obtaining: applicants must follow the online instructions

Certified Copies Available: Certified copies are not available

Alternate Documents: Pacte Civil de Solidarité  

Exceptions:   None

Comments:  Same-sex marriage was made legal in France as of May 18, 2013. Note that a "Pacte Civil de Solidarité" (PACS) is not the equivalent of marriage for immigration purposes therefore not accepted.

 

Divorce Certificates

Available

Fees: There are no fees

Document Name: Jugement de Divorce du Tribunal de Grande Instance

Issuing Authority: Greffe du Tribunal de Grande Instance where the judgment was pronounced.

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format: round black/blue inked stamp seal and/or dry seal

Issuing Authority Personnel Title: Tribunal de Grande Instance (TGI)

Registration Criteria: online at https://www.service-public.fr/

Procedure for Obtaining: applicants must follow the online instructions

Certified Copies Available:    Certified copies are not available

Alternate Documents:   There are no alternate documents

Exceptions:   None

Comments:  None

Adoption Certificates

Available

Fees:  There are no fees

Document Name: Droit de Greffe   

Issuing Authority: Tribunal de Grande Instance or Tribunal du Domicile where the adoption was granted, Mairie City Hall, Ministere des Affaires Etrangeres.

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format: black/blue inked stamp seal and/or dry seal

Issuing Authority Personnel Title: Tribunal de Grande Instance,  Mairie City Hall

Registration Criteria: online at  https://www.service-public.fr/

Procedure for Obtaining: applicants must follow the online instructions

Certified Copies Available: Certified copies are not available

Alternate Documents: There are no alternate documents

Exceptions:  None

Comments:  None

Identity Card

Unavailable

Not Applicable for visa issuance

 

Police, Court, Prison Records

Police Records

Available

Fees: There are no fees

Document Name: Extrait de Casier Judiciaire 

Issuing Authority: Persons born in France, Greffe du Tribunal de Grande Instance. Persons born outside of France, Ministere de la Justice, Casier Judiciaire National, 107, rue du Landreau 44079 Nantes Cedex

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format:  There is no special seal(s)/color/format

Issuing Authority Personnel Title:  Ministere de la Justice

Registration Criteria: online at  https://www.service-public.fr/

Procedure for Obtaining:  Extraits de Casier Judiciaire may be obtained by any person, regardless of: nationality, place of birth, legal/illegal status, who has resided in France at any time, provided such residence occurred after the age of 15 years. The applicant should furnish his/her full name, and any other names (including maiden), by which known, date and place of birth, father's full name, mother's maiden and married names, and place of residence.

Certified Copies Available: Certified copies are not available 

Alternate Documents:  There are no alternate documents

Exceptions:  None

Comments:  None

 

Court Records

Available: except for convictions which have been amnestied.

Fees: to be checked with French authorities

Document Name: Jugement

Issuing Authority: Greffe du Tribunal or Palais de Justice where the conviction took place.

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format: black/blue inked stamp seal and/or dry seal

Issuing Authority Personnel Title: Ministere de la Justice

Registration Criteria: online at https://www.service-public.fr/

Procedure for Obtaining:  applicants must follow the online instructions

Certified Copies Available: Certified copies are not available

Alternate Documents: grosse /ordonnance/minute

Exceptions: None

Comments: The "Jugement" states the essential facts of the case and gives the conviction and sentence imposed, but is not a description of the entire court proceedings. If further information is required, the "grosse de jugement" should be requested.

 

Prison Records

Unavailable

Military Records

Available

Fees: There are no fees

Document Name: Certificat de Position Militaire or  Etat Signaletique des Services or  Certificat individuel de participation à l’appel de preparation a la Defense or  Journée d'appel de préparation à la défense (JAPD) or  La Journée défense et citoyenneté (JDC)

Issuing Authority: Ministere de la Defense, “Bureau de Recrutement”, French Consulates/Embassies.

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format: round black/blue inked stamp seal   

Issuing Authority Personnel Title: N/A   applicants received scanned/B&W or colored documents

Registration Criteria: online at https://www.service-public.fr/

Procedure for Obtaining: applicants must follow the online instructions

Certified Copies Available: Certified copies are not available

Alternate Documents: There are no alternate documents

Exceptions: men born in 1979 – transitional year— are exempted from military duty

Comments: A military record is available to French citizens whether or not military service has been performed.  

Passports & Other Travel Documents

Types Available (Regular, Diplomatic, Official, etc.): only regular passports are accepted to process Immigrant Visas

Fees: to be checked with French authorities

Document Name: passport  

Issuing Government Authority: Prefecture

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format: There is no special seal(s)/color/format

Issuing Authority Personnel Title: Prefecture or Sous-Prefecture 

Registration Criteria: online at  https://www.service-public.fr/

Procedure for Obtaining: applicants must follow the online instructions

Alternate Documents: There are no alternate documents

Exceptions: None

Comments: Nansen passports are no longer produced

Other Documents Available: French Refugee Travel Document (named: « Titre de Voyage »)

Other Records

There are no other records

 

Visa Issuing Posts

Post Title: Embassy

Address:
2, avenue Gabriel
75008 Paris

Tel: 33-1-43-12-22-22

Via Google Chrome  https://fr.usembassy.gov/

Visa Services: NIV and IV

Visa Services

All categories for France, except for the following French Overseas Departments and Territories: