Getting a U.S. Visa in France

Looking to get your US Visa in France?

Below you will find reviews from others who have, including turnaround times, and appointment wait times.

If you’re looking for more information about the types of visa available and other locations, visit my Immigration section and you can read everything from a step-by-step guide to the E3 visa through to introductions to the best immigration lawyers available.

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Paris, France

4.78

2.67 days

12 days

18 reviews

5

 E-3 Renewal
1 Day
3rd visa renewal /location and by far the best. The entire process was a breeze.
- Kate (about 2 years ago)

5

 E-3 New
2 Days
Appointment took a total of 50 minutes from walking in to walking out, 46 minutes were spent in a line. Only questions asked were what job am I going to be doing and what company is it? Then a few jokes and I went on my way. Text 2 days later to pick up passport from depot.
- Brooke (about 2 years ago)

4

 E-3 Renewal
3 Days
Experience was pretty good. Short line. Security much more reasonable and friendly than other locations I've done it at (Sydney, London). One note for people doing this - you cannot pick-up your passport post-appointment from the consulate. You can have it delivered to your hotel, AirBnB, etc. OR you can pay $16 to have it delivered to the Mail Boxes Etc. office in the 15th Arrondissement (this is the fastest option).
- W (about 1 year ago)

5

 E-3 New
3 Days
Very easy process. Interview was 5min if that and only my LCA was looked at with general chit chat about USA filling the time. Visa was issued day after interview and then pick up was day after that.
- Hayley (about 1 year ago)

5

 E-3 New
3 Days
Very efficient process. Picking up passport at the store was much easier than getting it delivered. Appointment Tuesday morning, passport was ready by midday on Friday.
- Giancarlo (about 1 year ago)

5

 E-3 New
4 Days
Paris Embassy are very strict about what you can bring into the building...
- Geraldine (about 2 years ago)

5

 E-3 Renewal
4 Days

- (about 2 years ago)

5

 E-3 Renewal
3 Days
Went to get a new E3 and E3D, had our baby in tow which turned out to be brilliant because we got escorted to the front of every single queue from the second we even approached the security line outside. We were done and out within 20 mins! Appointment was on a Thursday, picked up our passports with new visas from the post shop on Monday. So speedy. If you can, take a baby with you! 😆
- Eliza (about 1 year ago)

5

 E-3 New
5 Days
The interview lasted just a couple of minutes, I've been only asked what job am I going to do and that's it. My non -Australian husband who was being interviewed with me for his E3D got asked more questions about his previous stays in the US. I recommend using shipping services for your passport as least as you can because my husband's passport was lost by UPS and it was a nightmare. If you can pick it up at a location instead of having it delivered just do it.
- Alex (about 1 year ago)

5

 E-3 Renewal
2 Days
Terrible experience finding a location. The general information on wait times are severely inaccurate. Dublin had least wait times according to the gov website but had to pay before I could see confirmation screen of timing. Upon payment was told I have to mail in documents first before Dublin embassy will provide an appointment. I was in a rush and unfortunately couldn’t wait and forego fees paid. Next in list was Barbados but contract to government website the wait was too long, again I could get the exact date only after I paid. So wanted $ second time. Final round Paris, appointment time happened in less than 2 weeks but had to fly out with wife and kids from California. Endure the terrible AA connection which had us with delayed baggage. Fortunately I took the paper work with me on hand. Appeared at Paris embassy 45 min ahead of appointment was let in just 5 min before my appointment time and the whole process took 15 mins after getting. Only question asked was if tourism brought me to Paris and the officer was keen to conclude himself I was traveling for vacation inspite of me saying it was a combination visit. Overall if u can afford to come to Paris then beat the queue at London, Belfast and certainly avoid Dublin due to the weird ask to mail documents ahead before being given an interview date. Passport returned in 2 days but ended up with a public holiday on Friday which created a long weekend in Paris. Overall really great experience with the Paris embassy.
- Karthik (about 5 months ago)

5

 E-3 New
2 Days

- Steph (about 5 months ago)

5

 E-3 New
2 Days
Great experience. Arrived 30 mins before appointment time but had to wait to enter security until 5 mins before appointment time. Friendly security and interview staff. From the time at which we entered the embassy, we were out within 45 mins. Ended up being faster than our experience in London last year.
- (about 5 months ago)

5

 E-3 Renewal
2 Days
Try to get the first appointment of the day and arrive about 30-45 mins early for speedy turnaround. My appointment was at 8:30am and I was back at my hotel at 9am
- Emily (about 5 months ago)

5

 E-3 New
3 Days
Super quick and they said they don’t get many aussies and didn’t ask any questions besides if I liked Paris. No documents besides LCA asked for
- Caitlin (about 4 months ago)

5

 E-3 New
1 Day
Only asked 1 question - what type of work do I do. Didn't look at any documents. Very friendly & quick.
- Alexx (about 3 months ago)

3

 E-3 Renewal
2 Days
While the turn-around was super quick, the consular officer was extremely concerned that I had chosen Paris instead of going to Australia. He put the application in administrative processing but thankfully within 30 hours the visa was issued and then 24 hours later was ready for pick-up.
- Michelle (about 3 months ago)

5

 E-3 New
3 Days
No hassles, was not asked any detailed questions except for my employer. Appointment was on a Friday morning, got my passport back on Wednesday evening, but that included an extra day for a holiday Monday, so it was a quick turnaround.
- Nick (about 4 months ago)

4

 E-3 New
3 Days
I had my interview with a crabby bureaucrat before the November 1 public holiday. They clearly didn't want to be there and I faced a battery of questions. I was asked questions to prove my identity - "When was I last in the US?", "Have I ever applied for a green card?". "When did I arrive in Paris?" Questions about my qualifications "What makes you expertly qualified more than a US citizen?" Having a degree wasn't satisfactory enough, so I followed up with "12 years experience". "Tell me about your job, what will you do?". "Where do I live?" to which I answered Australia.
- Kirsty (about 4 months ago)