French Visa Fiasco...Any Ideas?
Replies: 20 - Last Post: Aug 24, 2013 11:10 PM Last Post By: BthDth
Aug 19, 2013 4:14 PM
French Visa Fiasco...Any Ideas?Hey everyone, I have a very sticky situation and was wondering if anyone had any suggestions of what I can do. I am a student who is studying abroad in Paris this fall. Long story short, my Visa appointment at the NYC French consulate is scheduled the morning of August 27th; that evening, my dad and I are scheduled to fly to Berlin for a week before flying to Paris on September 2nd to start the program. I know this is probably the worst case scenario already, but I'm wondering if anyone has an idea of what (if anything) I can do. The consulate says that it takes 5 business days to process a long-term student visa; and to pick it up from the Consulate, you need to show them my passport. The only thing I can think of (short of canceling the Berlin trip, which would be devastating) is sending my dad back to New York with my passport and having him pick up the Visa and send it back to me in Berlin; then, going to Paris, albeit late. In the meantime, I'm scouring the Consulate website to see if an earlier appointment opens up. I'm just wondering if anyone has any ideas or experience with this kind of thing. Thank you so much for your thoughts.
Aug 20, 2013 12:21 AM
1My idea would be stay at home and get your visa. Staying in Germany without your passport is would suspect illegal, if something happens to you whilst you have no passport you will at the least be deported.
Is your 5 day trip to Berlin so important that you are prepared to miss a whole year studying in France.
But asking on here is not going to get you any official answers, never understand people asking visa queries on here, speak to the French consulate NYC and explain your situation.
Aug 20, 2013 12:46 AM
Aug 20, 2013 12:47 AM
Perhaps I don't understand something. Your so-called sticky situation seems to be entirely of your own making.
What is your priority? I agree with #1: if study is the priority, then make getting the visa a priority. I have never put myself in this kind of situation, and would never think of putting myself in this kind of situation. I'd solve the problem by avoiding it in the first place. So I'm short on after-the-fact advice for you.
All I can think of is to ask the consulate if you could pick up your visa in Germany.
I expect they'd also wonder why you created this problem for yourself, so it will be hard to plead extenuating emergency circumstances.
Aug 20, 2013 5:14 AM
4Now that you've created this problem, you could indeed ask them if you can pick it up somewhere else (unlikely, but i doesnt hurt to ask).
Alternatively you can have your little trip to Berlin, and then fly back to NYC to pick up your visa.
You could do the DHL thing- technically you need a passport while overseas but as long as you stay put and stay out of trouble you should be OK. But they may require you pick it up in person.
Aug 20, 2013 6:22 AM
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Aug 20, 2013 11:30 AM
7I'm curious....is it even possible for someone OTHER than the person named in the visa pick up the visa, even if they have the passport? Somehow that doesn't sound very legal...and even though the father would have proper identification, just being related doesn't seem like enough.
And what happens then if the consular employee says no, you can't have it, only the owner of the passport can receive the visa--??
However well-intentioned that plan might be, it would not impress any government employee with your credibility or trustworthyness.....if I read the plan in a fictional story I would think 'well, that's dodgy' so I doubt an official would think it less dodgy--perhaps not the word they would choose, but still...
Can't your father find a doctor to give him a 'no fly' letter so the both of you can get your fare (or part of it) back? Or try?
Aug 20, 2013 1:27 PM
Aug 20, 2013 4:05 PM
9Yes, I have often given my passport to visa agencies for some of the complicated places.
However, the EU countries are not really in that category. I really think it would not be appreciated at all if you tell the French consulate that you are too busy on another pleasure trip to go to your appointment. Of course, they can reschedule you if they want to. But why should they want to?
Aug 21, 2013 2:48 AM
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Aug 21, 2013 9:45 AM
13Second U.S. Passport
The issuance of a second valid passport should be considered an exception to the regulations, and is to be approved on an individual basis only where justified. These second passports are issued for a validity of two years, provided a justification for issuance exists.
The Department of State will consider issuance of a second fee passport when:
- An individual travels so frequently that their passport is needed both for travel and submission for foreign visa applications simultaneously and/or;
- Primary passport is held by UKBA or other foreign embassy;
- A foreign country will deny a visa or entry to the bearer of a passport containing markings or visas showing travel to certain other countries.
When applying for a second U.S. passport, depending on your circumstances, you may apply by courier or in person through a pre-arranged appointment.
Absolutely possible, but OP may not qualify. They are not handed out easily.
Aug 21, 2013 10:39 AM
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