Artists - long stay

Attention : Excepted citizens of the European Union (EU), the European Economic Area (EEA) and Switzerland, you must apply for a long stay visa before you go to France.

Each visa applicant must appear in person with an appointment (see below). The General French Consulate in Frankfort has sole competence in Germany to issue french visas to the artists.


If you have a work contract, it must be certified by the Direction générale des entreprises, de la concurrence, de la consommation, du travail et de l’emploi (DRAC) (Regional Office for Cultural Affairs). If you are touring in France, it is the DIRECCTE or the DRAC in the location of your first performance that has jurisdiction.

Documents to be provided (originals + one copy of all your originals)

- 1 [*] long-stay visa application form duly completed and signed ;

- 1 [*] identification photo, in colour, recent (less than three months), original in 35 mm X 45 mm format with clear and uniform background ;

- Original passport + photocopy of principal pages. Passport in good condition, with a date of expiration at least 6 months after the beginning of the visa, issued within the past 10 years and containing at least 2 blank pages. The visa is validated by a self-adhesive label that will be affixed to one of the pages of the passport ;

- Proof of legal presence in Germany + photocopy (Aufenthaltstitel, long-stay visa) ;

- A work contract certified by a DIRECCTE (Direction générale des entreprises, de la concurrence, de la consommation, du travail et de l’emploi) or an employment contract or a services contract certified by a Direction Régionale des Affaires Culturelles (DRAC) (original + photocopy) ;

- Application fees (non-refundable) : 99 € payable only cash (200 € and 500 € bank notes are not accepted). Spouse of a european citizen don’t pay the visa fees (provide marriage act and proof of european citizenship of the spouse).

Attention : the delivered visa is a three-month D-Visa. After receiving it, you must apply for a residence card in the préfecture where you live.

The Consulate reserves the right to require additional supporting evidence. Filing the documents does not systematically guarantee issuance of a visa. You should not leave your present job, sell your property or commit yourself in any way before receiving your visa.


Because of the processing time, we suggest you to join an envelopp in order to send it per registered post (envelopps from DHL, UPS, ... are not accepted) for the return of your passport at home in Germany.
If you don’t wish to let your passport at the visa section, you will have to come back another day to pick up your visa.
Please see the timeframes

Make an appointment with the visa section


Citizens from following countries must produce 2 long-stay application forms and 2 photos : Afghanistan, Armenia, Azerbaïdjan, Belorussia, Georgia, Iran, Kazakhstan, Kirghistan, Liban, Libya, Moldavia, Ouzbekistan, Pakistan, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Tadjikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraina.

Dernière modification : 14/03/2016

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