Long Stay Visa for France

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How can a lawyer help me?

We can assist you with the required documentation when applying for this particular visa. Our team of Immigration lawyers will provide you with a complete list of all the documents that will need to be submitted and they will also review them to ensure that they meet the requirements of France’s Immigration officials. 

Our legal experts can speed up the procedure to obtain an appointment for you and they can contact the local Consulates and Immigration Offices to ask about the specific requirements and documents. 

We offer full assistance in English, French or Italian. 

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What is Long-Stay Visa for France?

At some stage during a longer visit to France, all non-French citizens must engage with some bureaucracy. EU, EEA and Swiss citizens can live in France without a permit for up to six months and after this threshodl, they must simply register with the local authorities to stay longer.

However, things become trickier for others and they will need a long-stay visa for France. This document is mandatory for:

  • Foreign spouses of French citizens
  • Foreign students studying in France
  • Overseas workers, trainees and temporary workrs
  • Tourists with sufficient financial means to support themselves

Our team of Legal experts can help you with your application by working closely with the authorities and ensuring that your documentation is appropriately submitted.


What are the requirements?

  1. The applicant must show proof of that they have sufficient economic and financial means to cover all the expenses during their planned stay in France.
  2. The individual would need to have travel healthcare insurance with full coverage across France. 
  3. The applicant may also need to submit additional supporting documentation depending on their specific situation and purpose of the stay.

How do I obtain a Long-term Visa for France?

The application must be submitted in person at the Visa application center of your country of residence. This should be done around three months to two weeks before the applicant’s planned arrival date in France. 


The applicant would need to show proof of being able to financially support their stay in France and, if applicable, their family. Furthermore, depending on their situation and the purpose of the visit, like tourism, business, education or family reasons, they may be required to gather and submit specific documents to support the application. 


There are two types of Long-Stay Visa, depending on the purpose of the stay:

  • Long-Stay Visa with the obligation to apply for a residence permit


  • Long-Stay Visa equivalent to a residence permit.

Process of getting a Long-Stay Visa for France

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General Process

1. Gathering the  documentation

Prior to submitting the application, the applicant would need to gather the correct documentation, which can vary depending on the personal situation and purpose of the stay in France. Our team of immigration experts would advise on this. Most documentation would need to be translated into French and our lawyers have a network of sworn translators to recommend.

2. Application at the French Embassy/Consulate

Once all the required documents are gathered, the application must be submitted in person at the Visa application center in the home country or where the applicant legally resides. Depending on the country, the applicant must attend either the French consulate or Embassy or submit the application with a certified service provider.

3. Relocation to France

Once the application has been approved, the individual will be granted a Visa that will allow them to travel to France.

4. Once in France

The final step requires the applicant to complete all the required formalities to transform your Visa into a residence permit, in order to become a legal resident in France. Depending on the type of Long-Stay Visa you have obtained, the person would need to apply for a residence permit or validate your Visa through an online application.

Frequently Asked Questions

The processing time of each Long-Stay Visa application varies depending on the Visa Center where the application is submitted and on the specific situation of the applicant.

The application must be submitted three months to two weeks prior to the planned date of entry into France.

A valid Long-Stay Visa will allow the holder to travel within the Schengen area for up to 90 days over 180 consecutive days.

If you are currently in France and you wish to renew or extend your Visa, you would need to apply through the prefecture of your place of residence. If you are in your country of residence, you would need to apply through the French Consulate or Embassy or the competent service provider.

If the Visa you have been issued indicates the obligation to apply for a residence permit, then you need to submit your application for a residence permit within two months of your arrival date in France. 

If you have been issued a Long-Stay Visa equivalent to a residence permit (VLS-TS), then you only need to validate it within three months of your arrival date in France through an online application in order to become a legal resident in France.

Find your Immigration Lawyer


Vasco Dias

Legal Trainee

Jonato Xavier

Head of Immigration Department

Lidiane Carvalho

Legal Trainee

Thabata Mota


Vasco Dias

Vasco was born and raised in Lisbon and graduated from the University of Coimbra, with a Master’s degree in Sports Management. During that period he had the opportunity to live in London and Genova. Since 2018 he is a member of the Portuguese Bar Association (OA) and as a Lawyer, he has worked with Sports Law, Immigration and Real Estate. Vasco considers working with international clients to be the best part of his job, allowing him to merge his professional abilities with his interest in distinct cultures and the specific needs of each client. He just moved to Barcelona.
Languages: Portuguese, English, Spanish and Italian.

Legal Trainee

Jonato Xavier

Jonato Xavier is originaly from Timor-Leste and studied Law at the University of Porto, Portugal. He has been living in Portugal since 2017. Now he is working as a legal trainee in the Department of Immigration giving assistance and learning from the best. He is fond of classic literature. As he wants to pursue Public International Law, working with Lexidy is a great asset to his future academic path. Languages: Portuguese, English, Tetum, Spanish and Indonesian.

Head of Immigration Department

Lidiane Carvalho

Born in Rio de Janeiro, graduated in Law and Specialist in Environmental Law from the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro (PUC-Rio) she is a Master in Environmental Sciences from the Complutense University of Madrid (UCM) and PhD candidate in Social Sciences from the University of Coimbra (UC). Researcher at Nova Law Green Lab at Universidade Nova de Lisboa. Lawyer in Portugal with expertises in the areas of foreigners’ law, direct Portuguese nationality and real estate law. She is fond of traveling and a great colleague to be around. Languages: Portuguese, English and Spanish.

Legal Trainee

Thabata Mota

Thabata is originally from São Paulo, Brazil. She is studying Law at University of Lisbon and she has been living in Lisbon since 2018. She works in the Immigration Department as a legal trainee. She was working mainly with Customer Journey which allowed her to realize the importance of the clients experience in parallel of the legal aspect. Moreover, she is passionate about immigration law, human rights and anthropology. Languages: Portuguese, English and French

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