France is a very popular destination for US citizens – whether for education, a personal visit, tourism, or removals to France, expanding your knowledge of this country will increase your awareness of life in a different area. Most of the time, tourists come between the months of May to September. This means that visiting during the off-peak times will offer you more variety of restaurants and hotels with much smaller crowds, and lots of off-season discounts. No matter what your timing though- there are specific visa requirements the French government requires.
First of all, make sure that your passport is valid for at least three months after the last day of your visit- and make three copies of it. In addition, fill out 4 forms that indicate your intention of a long term stay.
Get five 2×2 photographs of yourself taken from the front within the past 6 months. You should be sure they are printed on photo paper, you are in street clothes, and are in front of a white background.
You’ll need to visit your bank and get copies of your account balances and account numbers in order to prove that you are financially stable. You’ll also want to make sure you have proof of income such as brokerage accounts, pensions, and dividends if you plan to retire to France. Make 3 copies of this documentation and set aside to provide to the consulate.
Contact your health insurance company to verify that you will be covered if you were to become sick or injured while in France. Have 3 copies of your policy for the consulate. In addition, you’ll need to visit your local police department and get an original and 3 copies of a background check or a statement saying that you have no criminal background.
If you plan to work in France, get copies of statements from your employer. If you plan to go to college in France, you’ll need a letter from them. If you plan to get married in France, you’ll need to be sure your spouse has been a resident for at least 40 days before the ceremony.
In addition, when you plan to visit/move to France, you’ll need to have a medical exam ensuring that you are healthy.