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09.18.19

E visa validity period for French nationals: Did the U.S. Department of State have a change of heart?

On August 20, 2019, the Department of State announced that effective August 29, 2019 French nationals would only be issued E visas valid for 15 months instead of 60 months. However, to the extent that policy change ever actually took effect, it now appears to have been reversed as E visas have subsequently been issued to French nationals with 60-month validity periods.

Further, while there was no official announcement or explanation, the Department of State has revised the reciprocity table for France to reflect that E visas will indeed be issued for 60 months.

While a confusing time for French investors and entrepreneurs in E visa status, all is well that ends well.