U.S. Consulate Lyon


Welcome to the webpages of the American Presence Post (APP) Lyon, established in 1999 to build greater understanding of the United States and to expand the historic ties of friendship between our two nations.

APP Lyon covers the regions of Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes and Bourgogne-Franche-Comté.  Our missions are to:

  1. Promote U.S. Business– APP Lyon represents close to 25% of France geographically and its leading industrial and manufacturing regions.  The United States plays a significant role as employer, with over 800 businesses located in the consular district, and exporter to the region.  The APP actively promotes investment to the United States and American business interests in France by working with the U.S. Foreign Commercial Service on investment events, active engagement with chambers of commerce, and support of trade fairs and delegations in the region to increase U.S. exports.
  2. Partner on Security Issues – Increasing security is a top priority for both the United States and France.  Countering the radicalization that is driving today’s terrorist threats and stemming its spread is a shared challenge.  Lasting victories over terrorism and the violent extremist ideologies that underpin it are not found on the battlefield, but rather in mindsets, and within communities, schools, and families.  The APP promotes projects that bolster the resilience of youth susceptible to recruitment and radicalization to violent extremism and provide them a sense of belonging. This includes programs that focus on building technical skills and providing vocational training, as well as offering opportunities for civic engagement and leadership training. The APP also coordinates bilateral expert exchanges and university programs that improve both countries’ responses to extremism and works with government and security officials to provide training and assistance in the event of an emergency.
  3. Explain the United States –The APP team frequently conducts outreach by giving speeches, presentations, and arranging expert speaker programs to explain U.S. policy, government, society, history, values, and economy.  The APP administers the full range of government exchanges, such as Fulbright, the International Visitor Leadership Program, and the Youth Ambassadors Program.  A key element of the APP’s public diplomacy outreach is the promotion of higher education opportunities in the United States.  We also collaborate with the American Corner in Grenoble in furtherance of this mission.


The office in Lyon cannot provide visas to French citizens. All questions related to visas to the United States should be referred to the American Embassy Visa Services in Paris.

The office is closed on French and American holidays.

U.S. Citizen Services

The American Presence Posts in France do not provide U.S. Citizen services.

Please refer to these Embassy website pages for information on all U.S. Citizen Services provided in France.