Long stay visa for Visitors

1. What is the long stay visitor visa?

2. Submitting an application

3. Application for minors (under 18 years old)

4. Scheduling an appointment


1. What is the long stay visitor visa?

You wish to spend more than 90 days in France without working nor studying:
-  in the frame of a sabbatical
-  to pursue personal/vocational studies without registering with an educational establishment
-  to spend your retirement
etc…

The long stay “Visitor” visa enables you to stay in France between 3 and 12 months during which you cannot:
-  work
-  study in an educational institution (towards a degree or for university credit for example)


2. Submitting an application

Personal appearance at the consulate is mandatory.

Processing times: from 3 to 10 business days approximately.

Please note that the visa process cannot, under any circumstances, be expedited. Make sure you apply sufficiently in advance, but no more than three months prior to your scheduled departure.
If you wish for your passport to be mailed back to you once a decision has been made regarding your application, you must provide a self-addressed Xpresspost envelope. One per family is sufficient.

Required documents:

Please submit originals and copies of all the documents, in letter format.
Make sure all the documents are submitted in the following order, with the original and the copy together.

The consulate does not make copies.

- Passport + copy of its identification page(s) (photo, validity…). The passport has to be valid for at least three months after your return to Canada.

- One long stay visa application form, duly filled out and signed.

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

- Two (2) recent and identical ID photos : format 35mmx45mm only, with a clear and plain background. Pictures with hat, caps, sunglasses, etc.. will not be accepted.
Please paste one picture of the application form.

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Photo requirements
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- Any document supporting your status in Canada and allowing your re-entry for at least 6 months (PR card, work or study permit…). This does not apply to Canadian citizens travelling on a Canadian passport.

- last three bank statements (clearly showing the name and balances in the account). No printout from online banking access will be accepted unless they are stamped by the bank

Any additional proof of financial resources for the entire duration of the stay in France.
This can be proven with:

  • proof of pension
  • letter from employer stating that the applicant will perceive a salary while he/she is away
  • last T1 general and/or T4
    etc…

- Letter under oath stating that you will not engage in work, i.e. a written affidavit stating that the applicant will not work or seek employment during his/her stay in France

- Any document confirming your socio-professional situation: letter from your employer, proof that you receive a pension etc…

- Proof of medical insurance for the length of your stay in France: a letter or certificate from your insurance company, stating that you are covered for medical emergencies, drugs and repatriation for at least $50 000 CAD.

- Proof of liability insurance for the length of your stay in France (usually included in your comprehensive home owner, business or tenants insurance)

- RCMP police clearance

- Proof of accommodation in France: this can be a lease, a title of property or an “attestation d’hébergement” from your host in France (along with a copy of their ID, and their last utility bill)
If you do not have an accommodation lined up at the time of your application, please provide the name and address of a hotel/temporary residence.

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attest hébergement
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If your stay in France exceeds six months, please download the OFII form below, fill out the upper part, and submit it with the other required documents of your application.

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OFII form (English)
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Formulaire OFII (français)
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If your visa is granted, the consulate will stamp this form and return it to you. Upon your arrival in France, you will have to fill out the last portion and mail the form to the OFII office closest to your home in France. A list of offices is provided with the form.

Please note that additional documents may be required.



3. Application requirements for minors (under 18 years old)

Personal appearance at the consulate is mandatory, except for children under the age of 12.

Processing times: from 3 to 10 business days approximately.

Please note that the visa process cannot, under any circumstances, be expedited. Make sure you apply sufficiently in advance, but no more than three months prior to your scheduled departure.

Required documents:
Please submit originals and copies of all the documents, in letter format. Make sure all the documents are submitted in the following order, with the original and the copy together.
The consulate does not make copies.

- Passport+ copy of its identification page(s) (photo, validity…). The passport has to be valid for at least three months after your return to Canada.

- One long stay visa application form, duly filled out and signed.

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)

- Two (2) recent and identical ID photos : format 35mmx45mm only, with a clear and plain background. Pictures with hat, caps, sunglasses, etc.. will not be accepted.
Please paste one picture of the application form.

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

- Long form birth certificate stating the name of the parents. If the child is traveling with one parent only, an authorization from the other parent must be provided.

- Any document supporting your status in Canada and allowing your re-entry for at least 6 months (PR card, work or study permit…). This does not apply to Canadian citizens travelling on a Canadian passport.

- Proof of financial resources of the parents for the entire duration of the stay in France.
This can be proven with:
-  last three bank statements (clearly showing the name and balances in the account. No printout from online banking access will be accepted unless they are stamped by the bank
-  proof of pension
-  last T1 general and/or T4
-  etc…

- Proof of medical insurance for the length of your stay in France: a letter or certificate from your insurance company, stating that you are covered for medical emergencies, drugs and repatriation for at least $50 000 CAD.

- Proof of liability insurance for the length of your stay in France (usually included in your comprehensive home owner, business or tenants insurance)

- Proof of accommodation in France: this can be a lease, a title of property or an “attestation d’hébergement” from your host in France (along with a copy of their ID, and their last utility bill)
If you do not have an accommodation lined up at the time of your application, please provide the name and address of a hotel/temporary residence.

PDF - 157.2 kb
attest hébergement
(PDF - 157.2 kb)

- For children between the ages of 6 and 16, the parents must provide proof of the children’s schooling for the duration of their stay in France. This can be proved by:
-  a letter from the French school the children will attend, or
-  a letter from the parents explaining the schooling situation of their children, should they not attend a French school.

In case of separation/divorce of the parents: any document proving that the child will be residing with the parent holding full custody. Should the child be staying in France with a parent who does not have full custody of him/her, a letter from the other parent will be required.

Please note that additional documents may be required.


4. Scheduling an appointment

Before booking your appointment, please make sure you read the "What to know before applying" section.
Once you have collected all the documents and read the "What to know before applying" section, you can schedule an appointment. Please note that it is one appointment per passport

Dernière modification : 16/02/2016

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