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I am interested in applying for a long stay visa. However, I plan on being in Asia for the 4 months immediately prior to wanting to enter France. They consulate sites say that visas cannot be processed more than 3 months in advance, and must applications must be made in person. Is there anyway I can make this work? Will the consulate accept an application earlier than 3 months prior, and then hold it until 3 months prior before processing?

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The French consulates can be remarkably stubborn about toeing the line on their rules and regulations. It could depend on why you are going to be in Asia. If you can claim residence there (even temporarily) you could apply through the French consulate there.

Or, try and talk to someone at the French consulate responsible for the are you are in currently. (In the US you must use the appropriate consulate corresponding to your state of residence.) If the reason you are going to Asia is related to your reason for going to France (say, research or something like that) they might be willing to consider bending the rules a bit. (Don't count on it, though.)
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Thank you. My struggle is that we need to go through the LA consulate, and they don't seem to have any way to call them - I only get a long, generic message saying to read their website (which I have, and of course it doesn't answer every question)

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I've had friends who applied through the LA consulate and it's true - they will not let you apply more than 3 months in advance and you do have to be there in person to apply.

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Thank you. My struggle is that we need to go through the LA consulate, and they don't seem to have any way to call them - I only get a long, generic message saying to read their website (which I have, and of course it doesn't answer every question)
Oh dear - the LA Consulate have the reputation for being real sticklers for playing by the rules. It really does depend on where your legal residence will be at the time you apply for your visa and it sounds as if you'll still be resident in the LA consulate district at that point.
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