Students over 18 years old

Please read carefully the "What to know before applying?" section.

1. Canadian citizens between 18 and 35, going to France as part of an exchange program

2. Students over 18 years old attending a post-secondary educational institution in France

3. Accompanying family of a student

4. Students over 18 years old attending a secondary school in France


1. You are a Canadian citizen, between 18 and 35 years old, going to France as part of an exchange between a French and a Canadian university: see if you qualify for the 3B Youth Exchange Visa


2. Students over 18 years old attending a post-secondary educational institution in France

Who can apply?
* You will be attending a post-secondary educational institution, either as part of an exchange with your university (non-Canadian citizens) or individually: you must apply for this type of visa.
* If you are going to France to take vocational courses or classes that will not grant you university credit or a diploma (intensive French courses, French culture and civilisation programs, cooking programs etc...), you must apply for a long stay visitor visa.

Processing time: 3 to 10 business days approximately. This process cannot be expedited, so make sure you apply sufficiently in advance (at least three weeks before your scheduled departure).
If you cannot come back to the Consulate to pick-up your passport, please provide a self-addressed Xpresspost or prepaid FedEx envelope.

As of March 30th, 2017, all applications must be filed in person, no matter the citizenship of the applicant. Applications by mail are no longer accepted.


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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Formulaire OFII (français)
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OFII form (English)
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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.


Required documents

Please note that you are required to submit both original and copies of all your documents (except for the application form). All supporting documents have to be submitted in letter format.
When preparing your application, make sure that all the documents are submitted in the following order, with the original and copy together.

1. Passport + copy of its identification page(s). The passport has to be valid for at least three months following the applicant’s return to Canada

2. One (1) long stay visa application form, duly filled out and signed

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Formulaire demande visa de long séjour
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Long stay visa application form
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3. 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
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4. Processing fee

5. 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.

6. Letter of enrolment/pre-enrolment from the educational institution you will be attending in France

7. Last diploma or transcript for the last school year. If you are going to France as part of an inter-university exchange, letter from your current university in Canada

8. Means of livelihood

    • for students obtaining a scholarship: a letter confirming the amount and duration of the bursary or an explanation outlining the benefits the program ; no additional resource is required
    • for other applicants : any evidence of sufficient means of livelihood, corresponding to 70% of the basic monthly subsistence allowance provided by the French Government to foreign bursary students (approximately C$1,000 per month), for the duration of the stay in France. Such resources can be proven by providing
      • a bank statement, clearly showing the name of the customer and the balance of the accounts
      • financial guarantee form, signed by the guarantor, with copy of a government issued ID and evidence of his/her resources (bank statements, pay stubs, latest income tax assessment etc…)

9. Proof of accommodation for the first three months of the stay

    • attestation from a host in France + copy of his/her ID and last utility bill, or
    • lease, title of property ... or,
    • proof of accommodation provided by the school

If you do not have an accommodation set up in France yet, you will need to provide at least a hotel/hostel booking for the first few weeks of your stay.

In any case, the applicant must provide the address of residence upon arrival and fill the appropriate box on the application form.

10. Campus France Survey: before filing your application, please fill out the Campus France survey here. No need to bring confirmation of this for your application.

Access to work during the studies : You have the possibility of working according to your student status, within the 60% limit of the annual work term, namely 964 hours a year. The employer will forward a declaration of employment pertaining to the applicant to the Prefecture, at least 2 days prior to the beginning of his or her work contract.

Job access after completion of studies :
Upon completion of your studies, you may work with a “competencies and talents” residency permit or a permit bearing the notation salarié (salaried worker). - For the “Competencies and talents” permit, you must file an application with the Prefecture, describing a project (see Competencies and talents permit). This permit is subject to selection criteria. It is issued for a renewable term of three years and allows immediate family unification.

For the “salaried worker” permit, you must file an application for change of status with the Prefecture. The issuance of a salaried worker residency document is only possible for certain trades.
For further information, please contact your local préfecture in France.


3. Accompanying family of a student

The visa issued for the accompanying family will be a “visitor visa”. This does not apply to families of 3B students. In that case, family members must file regular "Long stay visitor visas" applications.

In both cases, personal appearance at the consulate is mandatory.

Required documents:
1. Passport + copy of its identification page(s). The passport has to be valid for at least three months following the applicant’s return to Canada

2. One (1) long stay visa application, duly filled out and signed

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Formulaire demande visa de long séjour
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Long stay visa application form
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3. 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
(PDF - 220.6 kb)

4. 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.

5. Processing fee

6. For the spouse: marriage certificate (with the translation in French or English if the document is not in one of these languages).

  • For the children: birth certificate (with the translation in French or English if the document is not in one of these languages).

7. Means of livelihood (copies of the documents submitted by the student)


4. Students over 18 years old attending a secondary school in France

Students over the age of 18 attending a secondary school in France should submit the same documents as the minors, and add to their application the OFII form.

Dernière modification : 31/03/2017

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