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TOPIC: Long stay France visa?

Long stay France visa? 17 Apr 2020 04:55 #115294

Hi Boyd
Have a look at the link below at first glance it appears to similar to the Australian process. Provided you have all your documentation in order and proof of travel/medical insurance it was fairly straight forward. As for residence I supplied an email confirmation of a port booking from the local office where the boat is currently stored. Tne headache for me is that they only issue the LSV for Australians from the Sydney Consulate which requires me to take a 3 hour fly from Cairns the day before and stay overnight as they only have appointments between 9-12 each day. Cost for the visa was approximately €100.

france-visas.gouv.fr/en_US/web/france-visas

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Long stay France visa? 13 Apr 2020 15:21 #115246

Hi Boyd,

We are Australians and have a 12 month long stay visa for France - (Carte de Sejour - Temporaire). We are on our third, 12mth renewal and you must provide the French prefecture with a french address ( amongst a number of other docs ).

The hardest /most frustrating part of the French Visa process is obtaining the initial visa. Once you have that, then in our experience renewals are relatively straight forward.

Let me know If I can help or if you have any further questions let me know.

Good luck

Mark Dick and Debra Billett
mv Melba
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Long stay France visa? 13 Apr 2020 11:59 #115242

Certainly follow Pete's advice.

Full disclosure, I've not applied for an LSV, but did go through the research for last season and listened to others. A couple of features:
The process seems quite capricious, what works for one person, doesn't seem to work for others. Sometimes that is due to personal circumstances, but there does seem to be some differences in interpretation by French officials.

My understanding of the significant difference between the two types of LSV is the necessity in the case of the VLS-TS to present yourself to an examination in the prefecture you nominated as your 'home' within a certain period (two months if I remember), while the VLS-T does not require any official action within France after the visa is granted.

In terms of residence, you definitely don't have to own or lease property in France. Some sort of address is necessary and often people arrange for use of the address of their long-term mooring.

There are a number of Canadians who have arranged for LSV. I'll see if I can put you in touch with at least one who has recently travelled this path.

Ian

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Long stay France visa? 13 Apr 2020 10:09 #115241

While Canada is obviously not the USA, you may get some background on the French visa possibilitieies in the Knowledgebase article on French Visas for US citizens - See Knowledgebase / Living in / France.

Pete
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Long stay France visa? 13 Apr 2020 08:19 #115240

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Ian in my perfect world it would be a renewable 6-12 month permit, please excuse my ignorance as i'm unaware if that's even possible.

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Long stay France visa? 13 Apr 2020 08:05 #115239

Which long-stay visa are you arguing about Boyd?
  • 4-6 months (VLS-T) or
  • 6-12 months (VLS-TS)
Hope you had a nice meal anyhow after the rancour subsided
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Long stay France visa? 13 Apr 2020 04:02 #115238

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I fully realize we need to contact the French consulate for the definitive answer but to settle a dinnertime argument can anyone here tell me how a long stay visa works with regard to the canals? As Canadian citizens can we get a long stay visa without owning or leasing a brick and mortar property and no fixed address in France? Failing that is there a legal workaround to the 90 - 180 - 90 day visitation rule? Thanks if you can advise! - Boyd

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