Interns / Volunteers / Trainees

1. France-Canana Youth Exchange agreement

If you can meet below general eligibility conditions for the France-Canada Youth Exchange agreement, please click here.

- Must be between the ages of 18 and 35 upon submission of application,

- Must be a Canadian citizen and reside in Canada upon submission of application,

- Must be in possession of a Canadian passport, valid for minimum of 3 months after the completion of the visit,

- Must be financially solvent for the duration of the visit.

- You can only be admitted twice in the youth exchanges agreement, and it must under two different visa categories. The stays must be discontinuous. Participants must thus return to re-apply for a different visa.

- The duration of each stay cannot exceed one year, except for young professionals wishing to continue their development under a work contract (possibility to extend their stay by 6 months).


2. Student internship

You are a student and traveling to France to undergo training (un stage) in the course of your studies or a training program. This training is not remunerated but you may receive gratuities.

For a stay of less than 90 days, a short-stay visa is required.

- Canadian passport holders do not need a short stay visa to go to France for less than 90 days per semester even for working purpose. If you are going to work in France, you just have to make sure that your employer has obtained for you the work authorization by the French Labor Departement (DIRECCTE) before you start working.

Important : For all “student trainee” visa applications, because the training is within the scope of your studies, the agreement must be certified by Cultural Services at the consulate prior to your visa application. For more information please contact our visa section via email.

The long stay visa or type D allows you to stay in France for more than 3 months. If your stay is longer than 3 months, you will have to apply for your residence permit (Carte de Séjour) at the local Préfecture of your place of residency upon 2 months of arrival.

After the interview is done by an agent responsible of the University cooperation(the cultural services at the consulate), the applicant has to submit his/her application to the visa section.

Required Documents :

- Originals + one set of copies of all your original documents

- [1] Passport valid at least three months after the expiry date of the visa + photocopies of the main pages (photo, validity date, visas…)

- [2] 1 long stay visa application duly filled out and signed + 2 recent and identical photo ID, format 35mm X 45mm only, with a clear and plain background. Pictures with hat, caps, sunglasses, etc.. will not be accepted (NO CUT OUT OF A CANADIAN PASSPORT SIZE PICTURE).

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Long stay visa application form
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Formulaire demande visa de long séjour
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- Required photo quality :

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Photo requirements
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Please glue one picture per forms and include the remaining one in an envelope.

- [3] Any document supporting your status in Canada for more than 6 months and allowing your re-entry : Canadian birth certificate, Canadian citizenship card, permanent resident card (to be photocopied both sides), valid Canadian visa… + photocopy

- [4] Proof of accommodation in France

- [5] Internship agreement Convention de stage signed by the employer in France, the school or training establishment in Canada and yourself, stamped and certified by the competent "Direction Régionale des Entreprises, de la Concurrence, de la Consommation et de l’Emploi"(DIRECCTE, former DDTEFP) or stamped and certified by the préfecture of the location where your training in France will take place. (original + photocopy).

Student internship agreement (Convention de stage) :

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convstage_echange_jeune
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- [6] Proofs of your means of income or scholarship + photocopy ($1000CAD x number of months)
You have to prove that you have sufficient financial means for the whole duration of your stay in France.

Please note that additional documents may be required.


3. Company Internship / Volunteers / Trainees

You are an employee of a company located abroad and you are traveling to France to undergo training (un stage) as part of a training program. This training is not remunerated, but you may receive gratuities. For a stay of less than 90 days, a short-stay visa is required.

If your activity is remunerated, your employer has to indicate the amount of salary clearly on the convention de stage.

Foreign civil servants holding a travel order for training in France are deemed trainees.

The long stay visa or type D allows you to stay in France for more than 3 months.

If your stay is between 3 to 6 months, a temporary long stay visa will be issued. This temporary visa is not renewable.

If your stay is longer than 6 months, you will have to apply for your residence permit (Carte de Séjour) at the local Préfecture of your place of residency within two months of your arrival.

Required Documents :

- Originals + one set of copies of all your original documents

- [1] Passport valid at least three months after the expiry date of the visa + photocopies of the main pages (photo, validity date, visas…)

- [2] 2 long stay visa application duly filled out and signed + 4 recent and identical photo ID, format 35mm X 45mm only, with a clear and plain background. Pictures with hat, caps, sunglasses, etc.. will not be accepted.

PDF - 28.4 kb
Long stay visa application form
(PDF - 28.4 kb)
PDF - 47.8 kb
Formulaire demande visa de long séjour
(PDF - 47.8 kb)

- Required photo quality :

PDF - 220.6 kb
Photo requirements
(PDF - 220.6 kb)

Please glue one picture per form and include the remaining one in an envelope.

- [3] Any document supporting your status in Canada for more than 6 months and allowing your re-entry : Canadian birth certificate, Canadian citizenship card, permanent resident card (to be photocopied both sides), valid Canadian visa… + photocopy

- [4] Letter from a local employment Office in France (DIRECCTE) + photocopie

The "convention de stage" signed by yourself, the company employing you in Canada, and your employer in France, certified and stamped by the French Labor Department "Direction Régionale des Entreprises, de la Concurrence, de la Consommation et de l’Emploi"(DIRECCTE, former DDTEFP) or stamped and certified by the préfecture of the location where your training in France will take place.

- or a separate letter from DIRECCTE + a "convention de stage" unstamped.

- or a "accord-cadre" approved and signed by DIRECCTE + a "convention de stage" unstamped.

- Company internship agreement (Convention de stage salarié) :

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convention_stage_salarie
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- [5] Proof of accommodation in France

- [6] Proofs of means of income + photocopy

Financial guarantee :

•a notarized statement certifying that the applicant will be provided with a monthly allowance of $800.00 for the duration of his/her stay in France,

•or a proof of personal income and your last three bank statements

•or Convention de stage mentioning you will be paid.

You have to prove that you have sufficient financial means to support yourself during the whole period of your stay in France.

- [7] Airplane Ticket + photocopy

- [8] If you are going for less than 6 months : travel medical insurance valid for the entire length of your stay and covering all medical expenses such as medicine, hospitalization, repatriation with a minimum coverage of 50,000 CAD + photocopy

Please note that additional documents may be required.


4. Visa for medical interns (medical doctors carrying out an internship, midwives or pharmacists)

You are traveling to France for specialized medical training (“training as an intern”). The long-stay visa or type D visa grants authorization to extend your stay in France beyond 90 days.

This procedure applies to:

- the “faisant fonction d’interne” (FFI): physicians or pharmacists registered in France for specialized training (“formation spécialisée” - DFMS, Diplôme de Formation Médicale Spécialisée or “formation spécialisée approfondie” - DFMSA, Diplôme de Formation Médicale Spécialisée Approfondie) as of November 1st, 2010;

- the laureates of the Foreign Interns examination;

- the interns in Medicine and Pharmacy at public and private hospitals who are carrying out the entire basic curriculum in France.

Important : For all “student trainee” visa applications, because the training is within the scope of your studies, the agreement must be certified by Cultural Services at the consulate (SCAC - The Cultural, Scientific and Co-operation Department ) prior to your visa application. Only the candidate approved by the cultural service can lodge his/her visa application for this type of visa.

Contact the cultural services at the consulate via email at attache-scientifique@consulfrance-vancouver.org

Personal appearance at the consulate is mandatory. Please book an appointment on line on our website for your visa application. To book, cancel or change an appointment, please click here

The time process for this visa varies from 3 to 10 business days.

Documents to be provided (originals + one set of copies of all your original documents)

[1]- Two short-stay or long-stay visa application forms duly filled out and signed.

Short Stay (less than 90 days) visa application form:

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Formulaire demande de visa de court séjour
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Short stay visa application form
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Long Stay visa application form:

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Long stay visa application form
(PDF - 28.4 kb)
PDF - 47.8 kb
Formulaire demande visa de long séjour
(PDF - 47.8 kb)

- Required photo quality :

PDF - 220.6 kb
Photo requirements
(PDF - 220.6 kb)

[2]- Three identification photos, in colour, recent (less than three months), original, in 35 mm X 45 mm format with clear and uniform background. One photos must be affixed to each form and the remaining one added to the file.

[3]- Original passport + photocopy of main pages. The passport must be valid for at least 3 months beyond the end of your stay in France.

[4]- Supporting evidence of your legal status in Canada : permanent residence card (IMM 1000 not accepted), study or work permit. The holders of study permits or work permits must possess a temporary residence visa permitting re-entry to Canada (original + photocopy ; both sides of the permanent residence card must be photocopied.)

[5]- Letter from the hospital that describes your duties and the length of time that you will perform such internship duties (clearly indicated).

attestation de recrutement en qualité de FFI du service hospitalier.

[6]- your diploma in medicine , diplôme de médicine

[7]- Certificate of the registration in France for specialized training (“formation spécialisée”, DFMS, or “formation spécialisée approfondie”, DFMSA) or a ministerial decree issued by the French Ministry of Health, "arrêté du Ministère de la Santé."

[8]- Specific OFII form, the upper part of which must be completed by the applicant.

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Formulaire OFII (français)
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OFII form (English)
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Important

A long stay visa "étudiant" will be issued.
Upon arrival in France, the person must immediately send the specific OFII form signed by the Consulate to the OFII territorial division that has jurisdiction in the Department where the person resides. The OFII will subsequently contact him or her for the compulsory medical and reception appointments. Fees for the issuance of the residency document must be paid on this occasion.

In prior to start to work as an intern (FFI) in France, you will have to obtain a temporary work permit (APT - autorisation provisoire de travail).

Dernière modification : 07/11/2012

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