Visa applications [fr]

For general information and for preparing, submitting and tracking your application, log on to France-visas, the official website for visa application to France.

France Visas

The official website for visa application to France is France-Visas, a single portal with all the information you need to process and help you every step of the way (preparing the application, entering details, submitting and tracking the application). Visas are processed by VFS Global.

VFS Global Vancouver

VFS GLOBAL – Joint Visa Application Center
580 Hornby Street, Unit 440,
Vancouver, BC V6C 3B6
+ 1 613 927 92 66

Book your appointment

Prepare your application and book your appointment at France-Visas portal.
Important information summer 2018

VFS Global’s mission is to provide information to applicants (call centre: +1613-927-9266 (9 am EST to 4 pm PT) / online services: VFS Global’s Info.FranceCanada@vfsglobal.com ), meet with applicants in order to collect application files and proceed with biometrics.

These are then forwarded to the French Consulate General in Montreal for review.

Due to regulatory timeframes and the seasonal peak, the total length of the review process is currently 30 business days.

The applicant’s passport must remain with the application file during the entire process.

If applicants need to obtain their passports in an emergency, they may request it but will then have to withdraw their application in writing at the following address: annulation-visa.montreal-cslt@diplomatie.gouv.fr

Moreover, your Visa application will automatically be withdrawn should you retrieve your passport from the processing centre.

A new request will have to be submitted at a later date.

We strongly discourage applicants from retrieving their passports while the application process is still ongoing. Should you do so in the hope of traveling to France and completing your application there, please note that you risk being denied entry at the border.

The Visa department of the French Consulate General in Montreal processes all submitted requests but will not provide any information while the file is under review.

Applicants will be informed directly by VFS Global when their passports become available for pickup at their centres.

France-Canada Youth Mobility Agreement

Canadian Citizens who want to benefit from the France-Canada Youth Mobility Agreement can find instructions for their France-Visas applications on the website of the Embassy of France to Canada.

Students applying for a French long-term visa to study in France

Obtaining a notice from the Cultural services of the French Embassy in Canada (SCAC notice) :

Depending on your situation and in order to get your student visa to France, you may need to provide a SCAC notice (also known as the “attestation SCAC”) during your visa appointment. Please check what situation applies to your status to see if you need to get the SCAC notice for the instruction of your visa application.

You are a Canadian citizen going to France

You are going to France as part of an inter-university exchange program, an agreement between your Canadian university and a French institution (Université, Business Schools, Grandes Ecoles etc.): You do not need the notice SCAC, you can pursue your visa request without the document.

Please note that you will need the SCAC notice for a dual Degree, joint Degree, or a Cotutelle.

You are going to France for a degree-seeking program (Bachelor, Masters, MBA, dual degree, joint degree, cotutelle etc.) : in order to apply for a long-term student visa, you need to obtain a notice from the Cultural services of the French Embassy in Canada (SCAC notice) prior to having your visa appointment at your VFS location. In order to get the notice, please fill up this questionnaire below, and send it, once completed, by email :

PDF - 314.5 kb
Questionnaire SCAC in English
Questionnaire SCAC in English (PDF - 314.5 kb)

If you are residing in British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, the Northwest Territories or the Yukon please email : ottawa@campusfrance.org.

You hold another citizenship (you are not a Canadian citizen, nor a E.U. citizen)

ou are going to France either for a degree-seeking program (Bachelor, Masters, MBA, etc.) or as part of an inter-university exchange program between a Canadian university and a French university: in order to apply for a long-term student visa, in every cases you need to obtain a notice from the Cultural services of the French Embassy in Canada (SCAC notice) prior to having your visa appointment at your VFS location. In order to get the notice, please fill up this questionnaire below, and send it, once completed, by email :

PDF - 314.5 kb
Questionnaire SCAC in English
Questionnaire SCAC in English (PDF - 314.5 kb)

If you are residing in British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, the Northwest Territories or the Yukon please email : ottawa@campusfrance.org.

You hold another citizenship from a European country (member of the E.U.)

If you are a citizen (or dual citizen) of one of the European countries member of the E.U.: you do not need a visa, and you do not need the SCAC notice. You need to have a valid E.U. passeport: when you arrive in France, you may show your E.U. passeport to the border agent. For administrative purposes, please inform your French university about your dual citizenship.

Important ! If you are a Canadian citizen and are going to France for a program such as an inter-university exchange program (France-Canada Youth Mobility Agreement, visas 3A, 3B, 3C and 3D), you DO NOT need a SCAC notice.

If you are not sure of your situation regarding the SCAC notice, please email the contacts listed above, depending on your residency. Please note that we will only respond to students (or future students) residing in Canada and going to study in France.

Once you receive your SCAC notice (upon 7 working days), do not forget to print it and bring to your visa appointment.


IMPORTANT

Waiting times for appointments and for processing applications will vary depending on your nationality and the time of year.

Users are therefore asked to submit their visa applications well in advance of their departure date.

Dernière modification : 30/10/2018

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