Foreign missions : Short Stay Diplomatic and official visas

This page applies to foreign nationals, holders of diplomatic or official passport, posted in the United States as diplomats in foreign missions.


The information provided here DO NOT apply to the following cases :

- U.S. citizen holder of an American diplomatic or official passport. See relevant page here.

- Employees of embassies and foreign missions holder of regular passport who have to apply with an appointment and all the requested documentation for a Schengen visa. See relevant page here


Individuals have to apply with the following requirements, if they intend to travel to France with Diplomatic, Official or service passport which require a visa. (Depending on the nationality, holders of these type of passport may require a visa or not. As a reminder, holders of Laissez-passer issued by the United Nations organizations do not need any visa for France anymore)





No appointments are required for these applications. The following requested documents may be brought by a carrier to the visa section of the French General Consulate :

Monday to Friday (except holidays)
From 2:30 to 3:30 PM

  • STEP ONE : No appointments required to submit these applications. The whole requested following documents may be brought by a carrier at the visa section of the French General Consulate
  • STEP TWO : The visa section will contact the traveler to schedule an appointment for the compulsory fingerprinting. In order to facilitate this process, please, don’t forget to mention your phone number / email address on your application form.

Once again, Foreign Embassies and Consulates in the United States are advised that this information page is ONLY intended for Diplomatic, Official or Service passport holders and DO NOT APPLY to regular passport holders, even if employed by a foreign embassy or consulate, personal employees of diplomats or officials, or holders of US visas type "A" in regular passports.

All regular passport holders in this situation can hold a diplomatic note from their embassy to support their application (replacing the employer letter), but have to meet all the other requirements of the Schengen visas application and present all supporting documentation. (see Schengen visa page) In this situation, a diplomatic note will not be accepted to replace any other requirement than the employer letter (a diplomatic note cannot be a financial guarantee for a tourist visit of a regular passport holder for example)


REQUIRED DOCUMENTATION FOR A SHORT STAY (90 days of stay or less in any 180 days period):


- Passport valid for at least three months beyond the applicant’s last day of stay in the Schengen states. Please make sure that :

  • your passport has a minimum of two blank pages (to affix the visa and for border stamps). Only visa pages are valid, amendments pages cannot be used for visas or entry stamps.
  • your passport is in good condition (any slight damage, even to the cover, can be considered as a compromission of the security of the travel document and declined at the visa section or at the border)
  • your passport allows proper identification of the bearer without any doubt (for example, passports of adults with passport pictures in their young ages may not be accepted)
  • your passport has been issued less than 10 years ago (first issuance) . Even if it has been renewed since then by your country, we will decline your passport for a visa application and you will have to renew it prior to applying.

The visa officer has full authority to decline a passport that wouldn’t meet the requirements and request a renewed one before you can apply for a visa at the French Consulate.

- A copy of the passport (identification page(s) + page mentioning the validity of the passport if not mentioned on the ID page, or extended).

- A copy of your US Status (US visa type "A" visa or Green Card). Only Diplomats or Official passport holders posted and resident in the US can apply for a visa. B1/B2 visa holders, or diplomats under a visa with "TDY" mention are not accepted, as they are temporary visitors in the US. They should apply for a Schengen visa in their home country or country where they are posted.

- A copy of the Diplomatic Identification Card issued by the United States Department of State

- 1 or 2 short stay application forms completely and clearly fully filled out and signed by the applicant. Imitation of a signature is a fraud and will be reported to the proper authorities. Please print in black. Indicate also your phone numbers and e-mail. Verify the number of forms by clicking here. (hint : forms should be signed twice in two dedicated boxes on the last third page. Signatures should be made precisely and consistently, and both matching the one in the passport. Lots of application are rejected because of signatures missing or suspected fraudulent.)

- 2/3 photographs (more information about the photograph). One photo must be pasted or cliped on each form and the other one attached with a paperclip. All photos must be recent, identical, passport size - 1,4" x 1,7" (3,5cm x 4,5cm) and showing face front the forehead hairline and ears on a white background, the face must take up 70-80% of the photograph. No smiling (neutral expression).

(Hint for the picture size : measure the face size between the exterior of the two ears : from 3/4 of an inch to less than one inch the picture size will be fine. an inch or more, or less than 3/4 of an inch : high chance to be invalid to make a visa)

- An official diplomatic note from the foreign mission (Embassy, World Bank, International Monetary Fund, ...). This letter should specify your name, your position, your passport’s type and date and purpose of travel.

Failure to comply with any of these guidelines will lead your application to be rejected.

As soon as the application package is presented complete and accepted at the french consulate, an immigration officer will recontact within the next 48 hours the concerned diplomat to arrange a specific appointment for the fingerprinting enrollment. Please provide the best direct phone number to reach the person.


For informative purposes :

- For any official or diplomatic passport, depending on the nationality, this time process can be, a 4-5 days or up to an average 10 business days. We advise foreign missions to apply at least 15 business days prior to your planned trip. Applying below this limit often lead applicants to reschedule their trip as the visa cannot be process before their intended departure.

- As a courtesy between nations, diplomatic or official passport holders are waived of visas fees for their application.

Last modified on 04/03/2016

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