On August 20, 2019, the U.S. Department of State (DOS) announced that the maximum validity of E visa stamps for French citizens will decrease from 60 months to 15 months, effective on August 29, 2019. This change is based on the treatment that U.S. Citizens receive from the government of France for similar visas. When a foreign government imposes a certain visa stamp validity limit on U.S. citizens, the U.S. in turn imposes a similar validity on citizens of that country, and vice versa. DOS maintains a table for each country that lists the U.S. visa maximum validity periods by country and visa type. It is referred to as the visa Reciprocity Schedule and is periodically updated by DOS. Therefore, U.S. visa validity dates vary from country to country and depend on the visa classification. The Reciprocity Schedule for France has not yet been updated to reflect the change discussed above.
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