The Consular Section of the U.S. Embassy in Paris is responsible for providing visa services to those seeking to enter the United States for a temporary period and for those wishing to take up indefinite or permanent residence in the United States.
French citizens and citizens of certain other countries seeking to visit the U.S. for short-term business or tourist travel may be eligible for the Visa Waiver Program/ESTA. To review the eligibility requirements, click here.
How to Apply
Visiting the Embassy
Embassy security procedures require that all visitors receive a security inspection. You will be allowed to check one cell phone at the Embassy gate. The US Embassy and the Embassy guards are not liable for any loss or damage to your cell phone while it is checked.
You will NOT be allowed to enter the U.S. Embassy for your appointment carrying any of the following items:
- Any other battery-operated or electronic devices such as laptops, Ipads, computer tablets, digital diaries, cameras, MP3 players, or portable music players.
- Any oversize shoulder bags or purses.
- Any oversize handbags and travel bags, large back-packs, briefcases, or suitcases. Applicants can only carry in clear bags containing papers needed for their appointment
- Sealed envelopes or packages.
- Cigarettes/cigars/match boxes/lighters.
- Any sharp objects such as scissors, pen knives or nail files.
- Weapons or explosive materials of any kind.
The list provided above is not exhaustive. Other items may be prohibited at the discretion of security staff. Other than the one allowed cell phone, the US Embassy will not accept the storage of any of the above prohibited items.
Only visa applicants with confirmed appointments will be granted access to the Embassy. Accompanying persons may be required to wait outside the Embassy entrance.
If you fail to follow these security requirements you may face delays or cancellations to your visit.
Tourism, business, study, exchange visits, temporary employment
Diplomats and Other Goverment Officials - A, G, NATO
- Submit the Form DS-160 and required documentation (see below) in person or by courier to the Consular Section at 4 Avenue Gabriel, Paris 75008, Monday through Friday at 2:00 pm (Effective 13 November 2017).
- Most qualified applicants are not required to appear for an interview with a consular officer and are exempt from fees and fingerprint collection.
- We will contact you when your visa is ready for pickup, or you may provide a pre-paid shipping envelope (e.g. Chronopost). Processing time is normally 3-5 business days after submission of the application. However, these times may vary and there is no guarantee that your visa will be ready within this time frame. We urge travelers to apply as early as possible and to not make firm travel plans (e.g. purchase plane tickets, make non-refundable hotel reservations) before the visa has been received.
*For holders of diplomatic passports traveling to the US for non-official purposes, please email ParisConsDiplomaticVisas@state.gov for assistance.
- Valid Passport
- Diplomatic Note or “Note Verbale” from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs or Diplomatic Mission; official request from the appropriate international organization or sending government.
- One ID photograph 5cm x 5cm taken in the past 6 months.
- DS-160 confirmation page (Apply For a Nonimmigrant Visa)
- A3, G5, and NATO-8 applicants must provide an employment contract.
- Additional documentary requirements may apply in some cases.
- Qualified diplomatic and official visa applicants on official travel (A, G, C-3, NATO) are exempt from paying visa fees.
- For other questions or information about diplomatic and official visas, please contact us at ParisCONSDiplomaticVisas@state.gov
Fulbright Participants and Government-Sponsored Exchange Visitors
- Complete Form DS-160 and upload photo. Your photo must meet the photograph requirements.
- Assemble required documentation and purchase a prepaid return envelope (e.g. Chronopost).
- Qualified applicants are exempt from visas fees.
- Send an email to ParisConsDiplomaticVisas@state.gov to request an appointment. See sidebar for prohibited items and location.
- If issued, your passport, visa, and documents will be returned to you using your prepaid return envelope. Processing time is normally 3-5 business days after submission of the application. However, processing times may vary and there is no guarantee that your visa will be ready within this time frame. We urge travelers to apply as early as possible and to not make firm travel plans (e.g. purchase plane tickets, make non-refundable hotel reservations) before the visa has been received.
· Certain applicants physically present in France are eligible to renew their visas without a visa interview. When you register and pay the fee, the online appointment system will determine if you qualify. If qualified, the system will provide instructions on how to submit your passport, application, and related documents to the Embassy via courier. This option is not available for applicants outside of France or in overseas French territories.
· Eligible applicants who do not hold a French passport may be required to pay a reciprocity fee in addition to the standard visa fee. To determine if a reciprocity fee is required for your application, go to the reciprocity fee website and select your country of nationality on the left, then select your visa category under Visa Classifications to see if a fee is listed. There is no reciprocity fee for French nationals. If your application requires a reciprocity fee, you must attach a French chèque de banque payable en France, made to the order of: L’Ambassade des Etats-Unis en France. We do not accept chèques certifiés, personal checks, or mandat-cash.