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My wife is from Thailand and we live in the United State.  One of my wife's best friends from childhood married a French citizen and currently live in Lyon, France.  She is a permanent resident in France.  My wife's friend want to come to the U.S. to visit my wife.  Do you know what steps she would need to take to get a U.S. visa.  Do you think it would be difficult for a French permanent resident to get one and would she need to travel to Paris for an interview.


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For a tourist visa, she needs to apply and have an interview at a US Consulate. According to the US Embassy site, there is one in Lyon.

 

https://fr.usembassy.gov/embassy-consulates/

 

When she goes to start the application online, there will be an option of where she wants to apply that she can choose from.


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The first step she needs to take is visit ceac.state.gov and fill out a DS-160 application for a non-immigrant visa. After completion she will then have to follow several steps by selecting the nearest U.S. Embassy in the city in Lyon, pay the visa application fee and then book an appointment for a visa interview.

 

At the interview she will have to take documentary evidence to demonstrate proof of non-immigrant intent (proof she will depart the U.S. after the brief visit and not overstay illegally). If the consular officer is satisfied at the interview a visa will be issued if not it will be denied. As for how easy or hard it’s gonna be it’s hard to tell because no 2 applicants are the same and consular officers weigh the totality of circumstances to make the decision.


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