Professionals and Independant workers
Access to certain professions is not authorized unless you are a national from a European Union country (EU). These are lawyers at the Conseil d’Etat and the Cour de Cassation, lawyers at the court of appeal, commissaires priseurs (appraisers-auctioneers), clerks with the commerce tribunals, bailiffs, notaries, judicial administrators and insurance general agents, intellectual property counsels and registered auditors.
Others will need an authorisation from the relevant professional body. These include architects, lawyers, accountants, land surveyors, doctors, dentists, midwives and veterinarians.
Others still must obtain a special authorization and are subject to certain restrictions. These include pharmacists and paramedical professionals.
Finally, some are unregulated. They include, for example, artists who are not salaried, commercial brokers paid by commission, consultants, consulting engineers, experts, translators and interpreters, journalists, independent photographers…
Personal appearance at the Consulate is mandatory.
Processing times: 3 to 15 business days.
If you cannot come pick up your passport in person, please submit a self-addressed Xpresspost or FedEx prepaid envelope with your application.
Please the original and a copy of each document submitted. All the documents must be submitted in the order below.
The visa section will return your original documents.
Document or photocopy missing = incomplete file = high risk of visa refusal.
1. long-stay visa application forms that are completed and signed;
- Long stay visa application form
- (PDF - 28.4 kb)
- Formulaire demande visa de long séjour
- (PDF - 47.8 kb)
2. 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
- Photo requirements
- (PDF - 220.6 kb)
3. passport + copy of its identification page(s). The passport has to be valid for at least three months after your return to Canada
4. any document supporting your status in Canada (PR card, student/work permit …). This does not apply to Canadian citizens. (original + copy)
5. A letter indicating the reasons for your application and giving details about your personal project in France
6. Supporting evidence of your socio-professional situation (degrees, curriculum vitæ, employment certificate, contracts, registration of companies in Canada, portfolio…) (original + copy);
7. Documentary evidence of your means of livelihood during your stay in France (based on C$1,500/month) (original + copy);
8. Canadian criminal record check (original + copy);
9. Supporting evidence of a residence in France: property deed, residential lease, lodging certificate (recent invoice for water, electricity, gas…) (original + copy);
10. Travel medical insurance valid for the duration of your intended stay in France.
4. Schedule your 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.