I am looking to find a way to track my French long stay visa application. I had my visa interview/appointment on 3/24/2014 at the Consulate general of France in Chicago.

From previous experiences with other visa processes like the USA where I was able to track my visa application status, I am unable to find any way to do so for the French long stay visa.

Apparently, it is possible in Australia to do so via the consulate's website.

Am I missing something? Is there NO way I can track my application's status online?

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As far as I can tell, the website is in fact a central database, you only need a link from the right consulate because the first five characters in your receipt number can't be entered manually. Here is Chicago's page. (I haven't tried it myself, obviously.)

Unfortunately, the consulates' websites are not unified and vary greatly in quality and I couldn't find a full list with the right links. It seems possible to fiddle with the last parameter in the URL to find the correct page directly (consulates are apparently more-or-less in alphabetical order).

  • Thank you. The tracking pages says the following: "Your visa application is still being processed. Please check the status of your visa application again at a later date." . However, I find a severe disconnect because the consulate emailed me saying: "No you cannot track the application. We will notify you when the visa is ready". Strange and frustrating at the same time.
    – dearN
    Apr 9, 2014 at 15:08
  • @drN I don't actually know how this works behind the scenes, it's possible that some consulates update the database while others don't.
    – Gala
    Apr 9, 2014 at 15:17
  • Yes, that could be the case (non uniform update of details).
    – dearN
    Apr 9, 2014 at 15:37
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    The London consulate said that to me (and they do have an option on the website). My impression was that they do not want people to be checking / constantly asking. They just say 'trust the process' and to stop worrying about it. Which was hard in my case, as my visa was 3 weeks late... Jun 27, 2017 at 6:46

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