Invited Researchers and Professors

1. Definition

2. 2. Applying for a "passeport talent: invited researcher/professor visa"

3. Accompanying family of the scientist / researcher / professor

4. Schedule your appointment


1. Definition

You have a Master’s degree (or higher diploma) and have a “convention d’accueil”, established by a university or research facility in France. You will be going to France to conduct some research or to teach.
You can apply for a long stay "passeport talent: chercheur/enseignant" visa.

However if:
— you are going to France to teach in a university, and do not have a convention d’accueil: you have to apply for a salaried worker visa - your employer must obtain an "autorisation de travail" from the French Ministry of Labour prior to the application

— you will conduct research while enrolled in an educational institution: you have to apply for a student visa

— you will conduct private research: you have to apply for a visitor visa


2. Applying for a "passeport talent: invited researcher/professor visa"

Personal appearance at the Consulate is mandatory.

Processing times: 3 to 10 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.

Required documents:

- one (1) long stay visa application form, duly filled out and signed

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Long stay visa application form
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Formulaire demande visa de long séjour

- 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

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Photo requirements

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

- any document supporting your status in Canada (PR card, student/work permit …). This does not apply to Canadian citizens.

- Original of the convention d’accueil, established by an authorized institution and stamped by the préfecture + copy

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Convention d’accueil

- Original of the convention d’accueil, established by an authorized institution and stamped by the préfecture + copy

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Convention d’accueil

- Highest diploma or degree + copy

- For stays between 4 and 12 months , please provide the following OFII form.

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Formulaire OFII (français)
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OFII form (English)

Fill out the upper part and submit it with your application documents. If the visa is approved, the consulate will return the stamped form to you.
Once you arrive in France, fill out the lower part and send it to your local OFII office (a list of offices is included in the form).


3. Accompanying family of the invited researcher/professor

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

Processing times: 3 to 10 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.

Required documents:

- one (1) long stay visa application form, duly filled out and signed

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

- 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

PDF - 220.6 kb
Photo requirements

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

- any document supporting your status in Canada (PR card, student/work permit …). This does not apply to Canadian citizens.

- copy of the convention d’accueil submitted by the scientist/ researcher / professor

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- proof of family ties to the scientist / researcher / professor:

  • For the spouse: marriage certificate.
    If the original document is in a language other than French or English, please provide an official translation with the original document
  • For the children: birth certificate, clearly displaying the name of the parents.
    If the original document is in a language other than French or English, please provide an official translation with the original document.

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.

Dernière modification : 24/01/2017

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