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Non-Immigrant Visas How to Apply

How to apply for a US Visa

In person

Method of application

All applicants aged 14 to 79 are required to schedule an appointment for an interview with a U.S. Consular Officer. Interviews are by appointment only. The Embassy does not accept walk-in applications. Visit  visa appointments for more information.

Renewal by mail

The Embassy strongly encourages applicants eligible to apply for or renew their visas by mail to use this procedure. 


Certain applicants physically present in France are eligible to renew their visas by mail.  Please follow our Visa-Reissue Wizard to see if you qualify. In addition, all children under the age of 14 and adults aged 80 who are physically present in France are eligible to apply by mail. 

French nationals and Legal Permanent Residents of overseas French territories are not allowed to mail in their applications to US Embassy Paris and should go here for information on submitting a non-immigrant visa application to the appropriate U.S. Consulate.

Mail-In Application Process

1. Complete the DS-160 online application, found at, and print the confirmation page.

2. Register and pay the application fee at

3.  Visit the Department of State's reciprocity fee website to determine if your application requires a reciprocity fee. (There is no reciprocity fee for French nationals).  If your application requires a reciprocity fee, attach a mandat-cash in that amount.

4.  Submit a valid passport, one ID photograph 5cm x 5cm taken in the past 6 months (see specifications and samples), DS-160 confirmation page (see step 1), and additional documentation pertinent to the requested visa class (see list below) to:

US Consular Section 
Attention: Visa Services 
18, avenue Gabriel 
75008 Paris

B1/B2 visa applicants: must provide a letter of explanation outlining the reasons they are applying for the B1/B2 visa.  Applications for children must include copies of the parent(s)’ visas and a copy of the child's birth certificate.

C1/D or I visa applicants: must provide a letter of employment on the company letterhead.

F or M visa applicants: must provide the original I-20 and Sevis fee receipt.

J visa applicants: must provide the original DS-2019/DS-7002 and Sevis fee receipt. Must be renewing with the same SEVIS number.  Not eligible if SEVIS number has changed.

H, L, O, P, Q visa applicants: must include I-797 petitions or official notifications.

Failure to provide all the required documents will delay the processing of a visa application.

No information will be provided by phone on the status of your file -- please do not call us to find out if we have received your visa application.  Mailed in applications are not guaranteed visa issuances.  Consular officers reserve the right to request a personal interview.  If you are invited for a personal interview, you will be sent instructions on how to proceed.

The normal processing time for nonimmigrant visas is about four business days. Otherwise, the Consulate staff will inform you that a personal appearance at the Consulate will be required.

Even applicants who meet all of the requirements may still be required to attend an interview.  A decision on the interview waiver is solely at the discretion of the reviewing officer.

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