Length of stay and validity


Long-stay visas allow foreign nationals to enter France with a view to staying for more than three months.

Typically, long-stay visas are valid for 3 months. In any event, they may not be valid for more than one year (as in the case of a ‘VLS-TS’ long-stay visa equivalent to a residence permit).

Upon expiry of this period of 3 months (or one year where a VLS-TS is issued), foreign nationals wishing to stay in France must apply for a residence permit.


Further information can be found in the VLS-TS and Residence permit sections.

Helpful tip: A long-stay visa also allows the holder to move freely within the Schengen Area for 90 days in any 180-day period