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Non-Immigrant Visas

About Non-Immigrant Visas

Important notice

The U.S. Embassy in Paris will transition to a new and improved visa appointment system on July 31st, 2014.  Non-immigrant visa applicants will continue to request appointments online or by calling a local phone number, but will enjoy the option of paying the visa application fee via debit card or bank transfer.  Passports with visas and other documents will be returned to applicants by a courier service at no cost to the applicant and can be tracked online.  Prior to July 31, all persons requesting visa appointments must still pay by La Poste Mandat Compte and provide a pre-paid Chronopost envelope.

As the transition to the new visa appointment system may cause some temporary delays, the U.S. Embassy strongly encourages all visa applicants who intend to travel to the United States during the summer to schedule a visa appointment or request online preclearance to travel via the Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) as soon as possible. 

Applicants who must be in the U.S. prior to August 20, especially students attending U.S. universities and colleges, should apply for an appointment immediately.  Do not risk waiting until late July or early August to request an appointment!  Applicants who do not have to travel by mid-August may wish to wait until after July 31 to make their appointment via our new system.  

The implementation of this new system is part of the Department of State’s continued efforts to improve services for visa applicants.

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General Information

The Embassy strongly encourages intending travelers to apply for visas well in advance of their proposed journey, and to always refrain from making irrevocable travel plans until the visa has been issued and they are in receipt of their passport and visa.

The following provides information on visa requirements for travelers to the United States who wish to visit, work or study for a temporary period. The type of visa required will depend on the purpose of your travel. If you are a French national and intend to visit the United States for less than 90 days, you may be able to travel without first obtaining a  visa if you have registered on-line through the Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA). See the "Do I need a visa ?" page for more information.

Approval of travel by ESTA is valid only for travelers with passports that meet the U.S. biometric standards for travel under the Visa Waiver Program.  To determine whether or not your passport meets these standards, please open our gallery or refer to the following chart (PDF, 128 kb).

Method of application

With limited exceptions, nonimmigrant visa applicants aged 14 to 79 are required to schedule an appointment for an interview with a US Consular officer. Interviews are by appointment only. The Embassy does not accept walk-in applications. See visa appointments for more information.

A message to B1/B2 applicants not resident in France or Monaco

To qualify for B1/B2 visas, you need to overcome the consular officer's presumption that you are an intending immigrant as outlined in section 214 (b) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA). You can overcome this presumption by providing evidence that you have strong, binding ties to your home country, and that you have no intention of abandoning your residence abroad.  It can be difficult for a consular officer located in Paris, France to determine if you overcome the presumption of immigrant intent if you are not habitually resident in France or Monaco.  While Embassy Paris has no policy excluding applications from applicants not resident in France or Monaco, please keep the above information in mind as you decide where to apply for your visa. 

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