French visa scientifique while abroad
July 10, 2009 9:11 AM Subscribe
Can you get a French visa scientifique in France? Or another European country? Will the visa be essential for the carte de sejour?
posted by jeffburdges to law & government (4 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I'm already traveling around Europe for various conferences. So it isn't convenient to return to the U.S. for the 3 weeks they say they need. How can I get a French visa scientifique without going back to the U.S.? Will I be able to get the carte de sejour without the visa? Will I need the visa anyway to get paid? etc.
It's not even clear which French consulate they'd want me to use, given I've not had a residence in the U.S. for the last 5 years. My last long term residence was in England.
I'd be happy using a visa expediting service, but I've not found any that handle French visas. Do you think this is merely that France doesn't issue the visas immediately for these services? I could manage to stay in one country for the required 3 weeks. I could also ask some family member to do the appointment for me. Or maybe France really wants the applicant in person?
p.s. Yes, I already have the protocol d'accueil.