If you were very careful with your visa application and had all the documents together that they asked for, the processing time for the Long Stay Visa France should be less than 2 weeks. However, as with all visas, the times will vary depending on your situation. In this post, I’ll go over exactly how long it took for my visa to be processed and what each step looked like while I was waiting.
If you’re looking for the exact step-by-step process to applying for the France Long Stay Visa, read this blog post here.
What is the Processing Time for the Long Stay Visa France?
According to the France Visa Official Government website, the visa processing time completely varies depending on the nationality of the applicant, the purpose of the stay, and the local visa issuing conditions.
However, most visas are processed in about 2 weeks unless there was a problem with their application. In a later section, I will go over exactly how many days it took for my visa to be processed plus what happened when I had to fix something with my application during that process.
How Long it Took to Put Everything Together for the Visa
After spending a month or so finding a host and asking my in-laws to “sponsor” us during our trip and making sure that we had our birth certificates and marriage certificates all in one place, I only spent less than a week putting together the whole application.
This included printing multiple versions of each document, organizing them in order, and double and triple checking that we had everything we needed.
It would have taken less time if I was only doing my application and not my husband’s as well.
How Long to Get a Visa Appointment
There are plenty of visa appointments so as soon as it was one month out from when I wanted an appointment, I hopped on the VFS site and made an account. I was able to book an appointment that same day with no issues!
I created my VFS account on October 2nd.
Then I booked my VFS appointment for December 3rd.
The Processing time for my Long Stay France Visa
Here is how the process worked as we waited for our visas to be processed.
I booked my appointment a month ahead of time on November 12th. The appointment was for December 3rd.
I received an email on December 6th asking for a correction on some of my documents and asking for every page of my bank statements, not just the first one. So this was 3 days after my appointment at the VFS in Los Angeles.
After sending in all the corrected documents (which I did the SAME DAY I received that email since I was panicking), I received an email on December 11th saying that my application had arrived at the France Embassy in Washington D.C.
The next day, I received the following email that stated that my application had “been received from the France Embassy at VAC, Los Angeles.”
When I read this, I thought that meant that the application was ready to be picked up! So my husband and I drove from San Diego to LA just to find out that this email does NOT mean that the visas are ready to be picked up yet.
Then on December 13th, I received an email that stated that my visa had “been collected from France Visa Application Center in Los Angeles.” I emailed and called just in case, but didn’t get a super clear answer, but we went anyway and our visas were ready!
So that means that from the day I sent in my visa application to the day I received my visa was only 11 days! Less than 2 weeks! From December 3rd to December 13th.