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France Reciprocity Schedule
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
Country Specific FootnotesThe Treaty which entered into force on December 21, 1960, applies only to mainland France and the departments of Martinique, Guadeloupe, French Guiana and Reunion.
Visa Category Footnotes
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:
- G-1 through G-4
- NATO 1 through NATO 6
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
No S visa may be issued without first obtaining the Department's authorization.
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.
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)
The validity of NATO-5 visas may not exceed the period of validity of the employment contract or 12 months, whichever is less.
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.
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.
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
- For persons born in France, 'Extraits 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
- A request for a certificate should contain the applicant's full name at the time of birth; date and place of birth; father's full name; mother's full name at the time of applicant's birth and applicant's place of residence. A request should be accompanied by a self-addressed (unstamped) envelope.
Available. (Acte de Deces) Obtainable from the Office of the Mayor (la Mairie) of the place where the death occurred. A request for such record should be accompanied by a self-addressed envelope and an amount sufficient to cover return postage. Payment for the return postage should be made by money order.
Marriage, Divorce Certificates
Available. Marriage certificates (Copie intégrale de l'Acte de Mariage) may be obtained from the office of the Mayor (la Mairie) of the town in which the marriage took place. A request for such record should be accompanied by a self-addressed envelope and an amount sufficient to cover return postage. 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.
Same-sex have been legally recognized in France since May 18, 2013.
Available. Certified copies of Divorce Judgment (Jugement de Divorce) may be obtained from the Greffe du Tribunal de Grande Instance where the judgment was pronounced. A request for a Divorce Judgment should be accompanied by a self-addressed envelope and an amount sufficient to cover postage.
Available. A 'Droit de Greffe' is obtainable from the Court (Tribunal de Grande Instance or Tribunal du Domicile) where the adoption was granted. Payment outside of France should be made by an international postal money order and should include return postage. A self-addressed envelope should be included.
Police, Court, Prison Records
Available. Extraits de Casier Judiciaire may be obtained by any person, regardless of nationality, who has resided in France at any time, provided such residence occurred after the age of 15 years. Persons born in France may obtain the certificates from the Greffe du Tribunal de Grande Instance at their place of birth. Persons born outside of France may obtain them from the Ministere de la Justice, Casier Judiciaire National, 107, rue du Landreau 44079 Nantes Cedex 1.
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.
Available except for convictions which have been amnestied. 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. Both documents may be obtained from the Greffe du Tribunal or Palais de Justice where the conviction took place.
Available. A military record (Certificat de Position Militaire for the Army and the Air Force and Etat Signaletique des Services for the Navy) is available to all adult male French citizens whether or not military service has been performed. A self-addressed envelope and a money order to cover the return postage should accompany the request.
Military records for the Army and the Air Force are obtainable from the Bureau de Recrutement et de la Statistique of the military district to which the person was called to report for military service, and for the Navy from the Ministere de la Marine, Paris, in the case of officers and from the Bureau Maritime du Matricule, Toulon, Var, in the case of enlisted men.
Military records are not available to persons who are not liable to military service. In the case of a person exempted from military service, the medical report can be obtained only if the personal doctor of the applicant contacts the doctor (majeur) of the Bureau de Recrutement where the applicant received his exemption.
Passports & Other Travel Documents
Titre de Voyage
(Convention of July 28, 1951). The French document for refugees resident in France whose status is covered by the Geneva Convention of July 28, 1951, is written in French and English. The former "Titre d'Identite et de Voyage" requiring a return visa is now issued only to a very limited number of stateless residents or to refugees who are not covered by the Convention. Issuance of Nansen passports and types of "Titre d'Identite et de Voyage" other than the aforementioned has been discontinued.
Visa Issuing Posts
Paris, France (Embassy)
2, avenue Gabriel
Fax:01-42-61 61 40
All categories for France, except for the following French Overseas Departments and Territories:
- Martinique and Guadeloupe, including St. Martin and St. Barthelemy, which are serviced by the U.S. Embassy in Bridgetown, Barbados.
- French Guiana, which is serviced by the U.S. Embassy in Paramaribo, Suriname for NIVs and the U.S. Embassy in Georgetown, Guyana.
- French Polynesia, New Caledonia, Wallis & Futuna, which are serviced by the U.S. Embassy in Suva, Fiji.
- Reunion, which is serviced by the U.S. Embassy in Port Louis, Mauritius.
- Mayotte, which is serviced by the U.S. Embassy in Antananarivo, Madagascar.
- St. Pierre & Miquelon, which are serviced by the U.S. Consulate General in Montreal, Canada.
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.