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Schengen Visa from Seattle - in Vancouver BC?
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I’m a non-US-citizen and live in Seattle.
I’m wondering if I can get the Schengen Visa in Vancouver, BC instead of going all the way to San Fransisco? I’m only travelling to France so I need a French Consulate…
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The answer is: no.

You need to travel to San Francisco.

What is your nationality BTW?


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luv_the_beach wrote:
The answer is: no.

You need to travel to San Francisco.

What is your nationality BTW?

Just curious, but why wouldn’t he be able to get the visa at any consulate in the world? There is a French Consulate in Vancouver.

OP, you might consider calling the consulate in Vancouver and see if you can get a visa there.

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Just found the answer to my own question. From the website of the French Consulate in Vancouver:
“The Consulate General of France in Vancouver has jurisdiction to issue visas on ordinary passports to holders residing in its district, in provinces of Alberta, BC, Yukon and NWT of Canada.

It goes on to say that residents of other ‘districts’ need to apply in person at the appropriate Consulate.

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I did email the consulate just in case and they said the same, their jurisdiction is limited. Which is ridiculous since I’m not even a citizen of the US in the first place.

People have gotten visas here by flying into italy etc. but the rules are:
1> country of longest stay’s consulate OR
2> if visiting countries for the same time, the Port of Entry into Schengen countries.

Also of note is the fact that usually the visas are single entry, you need to make sure to get multi-entry visa if you plan to leave a schengen border at any point before coming back into the schengen region (eg going to/from UK while on the eurotrip).

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This is just the way it’s always been. Consulates tend to have jurisdictions, and even though you are not a US citizen, you are living in the state of Washington, and fall under San Francisco’s jurisdiction for French consular services. It’ll be the same with other countries too, but each will have the districts drawn in a different manner.

You didn’t answer my question, and you don’t have to if you don’t want to, but make sure that your nationality isn’t exempt from the visa requirement to visit the Schengen zone for less than 90 days. Americans aren’t the only ones that are afforded this exemption. Canadians and Mexicans are too, for example.


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Thanks… I’m not exempt tho…

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Thank you. We give a lot of visa advice, and this is one aspect of it that we always forget, including myself. Smile


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