The French embassy in Washington DC was one of the busier consulates in the US last year with almost 9,000 visa requests being submitted to the consulate.
As per the official statistics, over 2,000 France Schengen visa applications were rejected by the embassy for various reasons.
This article will explain in detail how you can apply for France visa from Washington DC consulate and get your visa
Applying for France Schengen visa in the US involves 4 steps :
Find out under which jurisdiction you need to apply for your France visa in the US
Get an appointment at the embassy office as per your jurisdiction
Collate all the documents needed for your France visa application
Attend the interview either in person or you can send your visa documents via mail to the embassy (in some cases)
We will guide you through the steps for getting your France visa from the Washington consulate in this article .
Are you sure you need France visa from the Washington DC consulate ?
Once you are sure that your main destination is France, you need to find out which French consulate in the US has the jurisdiction to provide you with a France Schengen visa.
To know which consulate of France you need to apply visit
You will see a grey map of America.Select your state from the map.
We have selected DC State from the map, now it would be highlighted in blue.
You will now be redirected to the consul france Washington website .This website would default to French language.If you like your language to be english instead, click the “English” language option as highlighted by the red line below .
You have now arrived at the right website where you can make your appointment for your visa application. Next, we will see how you can get your visa appointment done.
How to book an appointment with the France consulate in Washington DC ?
To make an appointment with the DC consulate, you need to first click the “apply for French visa in the US” section
Now, click on “submit your application to the visa centere” . You need to click on the image underlined in red below.
You will now be taken to a new website, designed recently to handle all France visa requests.
Scroll down and select the “Whom should I contact ?” image as shown below to make an appointment with the French consulate in DC
Select “Set up an appointment” as shown below . Make sure you are making an appointment for your France visa at the Washington consulate
You will now be taken to the Diplomatie website where you can book your appointment. Accept conditions and then click Next
You can now book the appointment for your France visa application. Select the date and time slot for which you need to make an appointment.Click on Next,
Next enter your personal details such as name , passport number, phone no and email info.
Click on confirm .Once you make your appointment, you can print out the copy of your appointment letter . You need to take it with you when you are going to the embassy for submitting your Schengen visa application. Your appointment letter would look something as shown below.prendreRDVImpressionPDF
That is it !! you now have an appointment for your visa application . Next, you will need to collate all the documents needed to be submitted with you visa application.
Collate all the documents needed for your France visa application
Here is a summary of the documents you need to keep handy for France Schengen visa for green card holders.
Permanent Residence Permit card
Completed Schengen visa form
Proof of sustenence
Letter of employment(if employed)
Company registration(if selfemployed)
Letter from college (for students)
Duly filled Schengen visa application form – You can fill your applications online and take a print out of the same . click the below link
You will need to create an account on the website before you proceed with the application . Since your information is saved at every step of the process, you can exit and continue at will by logging back into your account.
When you have entered all your information, the application form must be printed and sent, together with all the supporting documents, to the relevant consular service or external service provider.Or you can download Schengen visa tourist visa application form from here and fill it out online
Passport with at least two blank pages and valid for at least three months after you return to United States of America.
Two photographs as per the spec mentioned by photo specification for visa application.
A valid U.S. permanent residence card (“green card”) or a valid US visa with valid I-94 / valid I-20 (+ ONE COPY)
A confirmed Flight itinerary or reservation for Schengen visa Flight itinerary is a safer way of submitting a visa application without buying an actual flight ticket which can prove to be expensive if your visa is refused.
Proof of accommodation such as hotel bookings We would not suggest you to make your hotel reservations before your visa is approved. We have seen many customers who make all the bookings thinking they can cancel them once they get their visa only for the visa process to be delayed resulting in huge cancellation fees.
Want temporary flight, hotel or insurance for your Schengen visa appointment ?
Proof of sustenance (either as bank statements travel cards, credit cards) to show that you can sustain yourself financially when you are in Europe
A medical insurance with a minimum cover of €43,000 . See our article to get travel insurance for Schengen visa
Personal Covering letter or travel itinerary explaining in detail the purpose of the visit.This needs to explain in detail your entire travel plan and all the documents that you have submitted addressing the Washington DC consulate. You can find the sample in our Schengen visa guide . Here is personal cover letter for Schengen visa.
That is it . Once you have accumulated all the documents, you can apply at the France consulate at Washington DC .
What is the fees for France visa at Washington DC consulate ?
The visa fees for France visa at the Washington consulate is EUR 60 ($ 72). But there are other alternate costs for Schengen visa especially if you do not want to make flight & hotel bookings in advance since you are not guaranteed of visa . Below will be your total cost per French visa . You can ignore the VFS processing fee that is mentioned since you are applying for your visa directly with the consulate.
Can you apply for France Schengen visa from America if you hold a B1 or B2 visa ?
No, if you are in the US with a B1 or B2 visa, then you need to apply for France Schengen visa in the country where you hold your full citizenship. You cannot apply for Schengen visa within the United States.
To know more about France Schengen visa including interview tips please read our full France visa from US article.