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A Long-Stay Visa allows U.S. citizens to reside in a foreign country for an extended period, generally longer than three months. These visas are often issued for purposes such as study, work, or family reunion.

Key Features

  • Purpose: Extended residency for work, study, or family reasons.

  • Duration: Over three months, up to several years depending on the country and visa type.

  • Privileges: Limited work rights may be available, subject to the conditions of the specific visa.

How to Apply

  1. Identify the type of Long-Stay Visa you need.

  2. Fill in the application form and gather required documents.

  3. Pay the visa fee.

  4. Submit your application either online or at the consulate.

  5. Attend an interview, if required.

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  • Can I bring my family?: Dependents may be allowed, depending on the specific visa type.

  • Is it renewable?: Renewal policies vary by country and visa type.

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