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.
The Embassy processes applications for both non-immigrant and immigrant visas to the United States. Tips for a Smooth Visit
Non-immigrant visas are required for travelers who wish to visit, work or study for a temporary period. The type of visa required will depend on the purpose of your travel.
Anyone who wishes to enter the United States to reside there permanently must apply for an immigrant visa, whether or not that person plans to seek employment in the United States.
There are no phone information lines for visas at the U.S. Embassy. All questions should be directed to the Visa Information Service. Contact Information
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