Visiting and staying in the French overseas territories (TOM, CTOM and New Caledonia))

1. You wish to visit a TOM or CTOM for less than 90 days
2. You wish stay in a TOM or CTOM for over 90 days (as a visitor)
3. You wish to work in a TOM or CTOM for over 90 days

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1.Short stay visas for the French overseas territories

Do I need a visa to visit the French overseas territories?

  • YES, if you are a citizen of the following countries even if you hold a Canadian Permanent Resident Card
Afghanistan Albania Algeria
Angola Anguilla Armenia
Azerbaijan Bahrain Bangladesh
Belize Benin Bhutan
Belarus Bolivia Bosnia and Hezegovina [1]
Botswana British Virgin Islands Burkina Faso
Burma Burundi Cambodia
Cameroon Cape Verde Cayman Islands
Central African Republic Chad China
Comoros Congo Cuba
Dem. Republic of Congo Djibouti
Dominican Republic Egypt Ecuador
Eritrea Ethiopia Equatorial Guinea
Fiji Gabon Gambia
Georgia Ghana Gibraltar
Guinea Guinea Bissau
Guyana Haiti Hong Kong except S.A.R.
India Indonesia Iraq
Iran Ivory Coast Jamaica
Jordan Kazakhstan Kenya
Kyrgyzstan Kiribati Kuwait
Laos Lesotho Lebanon
Liberia Libya Macao except S.A.R.
Macedonia Madagascar Malawi
Maldives Mali Marshall Islands
Morocco Mauritania Micronesia
Moldova [2] Mongolia Montserrat
Mozambique Namibia Nauru
Nepal Niger Nigeria
North Korea Oman Pakistan
Palau Palestine Papua new Guinea
Peru Philippines Qatar
Refugees Russia Rwanda
Saudi Arabia Saint Lucia Sao Tome Principe
Saint Helen Salomon Islands Senegal
Serbia Sierra Leone Somalia
Sudan South Sudan South Africa
Sri Lanka Stateless Suriname
Swaziland Syria Tajikistan
Taiwan Tanzania Thailand
Togo Tonga Tunisia
Turks and Caicos Turkmenistan Turkey
Tuvalu Uganda Ukraine
United Arab Emirates Uzbekistan Vietnam
Yemen Zambia Zimbabwe

Holders of a Canadian Certificate of Identity (grey cover): please note that this document is not recognized and does not enble its holder to travel to the French Overseas Départements and territories.

  • NO, if you fall under one of these exemption categories

- Nationals from the European Union(EU), the European Economic Area (EEA), and Switzerland; Andorra, Argentina, Bolivia, Brunei Darussalam, Canada, Chile, Costa Rica, Croatia, El Salvador, the United States, Guatemala, Honduras, Israel, Malaysia, Monaco, Nicaragua, New Zealand, Panama, Paraguay, San Marino, Holy See, Uruguay;

- Holders of a residence permit delivered by a Schengen Area state member.

No visa is required for nationals from the following countries for a stay less than 90 days. However, this does not apply to those involved in income-earning activities:

- Australia (for Mayotte and Saint Pierre and Miquelon, exemption for one month only ), Brazil, South Korea, Japan, Mexico, Singapore, Venezuela.

- Holders of a Dutch residency permit in Sint Maarten are not required to have an entry visa for Saint Martin.

- Facilitation for cruise ship passengers only: besides the categories of foreigners that are already visa-exempt, cruise ship passengers meeting the following criteria may enter without an overseas visa during their stopover:

    • holders of a currently valid Schengen visa issued by France;
    • holders of a currently valid residency document issued by a member state of the European Union, the European Economic Area or by Switzerland, Andorra or Monaco;
    • holders of a currently valid residency document issued by Canada, Japan or the United States of America.
How to file an application

As of May 15th, 2014, with the implementation of the V.I.S (Visa Information System), all applicants over the age of 12 will have to get their biometric data - photo and fingerprints - collected.

Therefore, applicants over 12 years old wherever they reside, will have to come in person to file their applications in Vancouver.

No appointment can be made at the counter, by phone or by e-mail. Appointments are reserved for applications. Do not book an appointment to obtain information - information can only be obtained by email.

1 appointment = 1 passport. A family of 4 will need 4 slots, even if the children are minors.


Required documents

Please provide the required documents in the following order, with the original and the copy together. Do not use any paper clips or staples. Presenting a file that has not been organized will delay the application.

1. Passport issued less than 10 years ago and valid at least three months after the expiry date of the visa + photocopy of all the main pages (pages with picture, expiry date of passport, previous Schengen visas, etc..)

There must be at least two empty pages left in your passport for the visa and the entry stamp. The passport must be valid for three (3) months after your return to Canada.

2. one short stay visa application form filled out and signed. It is the same form as for the Schengen visa application.

- Français :

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Formulaire de demande de visa Schengen
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- English :

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Schengen Visa Application Form
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- Chinese - please fill out the form in English :

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Application Form Chinese
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3. Processing fee.

4. two recent and identical ID pictures, format 35mm X 45mm only, respecting the following photo quality:

- Required Photo quality :

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Photo requirements
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Please paste one picture on the form and include the remaining one in an envelope.

5. Any document supporting your status in Canada and allowing your re-entry (Permanent resident card, work or study permit, visitor record) + copy.

6.. Proof of your socio-professional status in Canada:

- If you are self-employed: business registration

- If you are employed, you must provide a detailed proof of employment (letter from your employer) as well as your last three pay stubs

- If you are retired with pension, you need to provide a proof of it

- If you are a student, you must provide a recent detailed letter from your school

- If you have a scholarship, you must submit your scholarship papers.

- If you are unemployed you must provide proof that you have sufficient funds in your name for your trip or financial guarantor’s (spouse, parents, other) detailed proof of employment (letter from the employer) as well as the last three pay stubs AND the marriage certificate translated either in English or in French

7. Your last three months bank statements

- Any internet banking document downloaded from internet and not stamped by your actual bank branch manager won’t be accepted as proof of your financial resources. The bank statement should indicate clearly the bank name and customer’s name and be less than a week old.
If you plan on traveling with savings, be sure to provide proof of your savings account(s).

8. Travel medical insurance valid for the entire length of your stay in the French DOM, covering treatment, hospitalization, repatriation, death, pregnancy, for a minimum of $50,000 CAD + copy.


9. Proof of accommodation:

* Confirmed hotel reservations for your entire stay

* or, if you are staying with friends or family, original of "Attestation d’Accueil" that your host has to request at the City Hall (Mairie) in France. The attestation d’accueil is mandatory for stays with individuals residing in France. No other document will be accepted in that case

- Example of the Attestation d’Accueil :

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Attestation d’accueil
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* If you rent a property in France : a copy of the lease in France and proof of payment as well as a copy of the landowners ID (CNI, passport, titre de séjour en France, residence permit in France etc.)

* If you own a property in France: a proof that you own the property (purchase document, title of property) and any document related (phone, gas, hydro bill)

10. PROOF OF THE PURPOSE OF THE STAY,if you fall under one of these categories

- Business Trip: please also provide a letter from your employer in Canada or from your host company in France stating that you are in France on behalf of the company, giving the name and address of the contact person(s) in France and guaranteeing full responsibility for expenses, lodging, and return to Canada.
- Studies: registration in a French educational institution, with details on the program (subject, exact dates etc...)
- Participation in a conference: invitation to the conference or proof that you are registered for it, and your resume
- Internship : Original of the Convention de stage between your employer, your school and yourself, signed by all parties and stamped by the supervising organization + photocopy

11. If you do not live in the Vancouver area, a self-addressed Xpresspost envelope (Canada Post) so that your passport may be returned to you. One per family is sufficient.

APPLICANTS UNDER 18 YEARS OLD must be accompanied by their parents or legal guardian in Canada for the appointment and also bring the following documents:

12. birth certificate + translation into English if applicable + copy.
For minors living in Canada with a guardian (and not a parent), the document proving the guardianship will be required + copy

13. Parental consent form for minors not traveling with their parents and/or applying with a legal guardian

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- Children travelling with their parents on their parent’s passport do need their own visa with photo and visa application form. Therefore, applicants should also submit one recent passport size photographs for every child travelling with them. Please make sure that you have enough pages to affix the visas for you and your child(ren).

2.Long stay visas for the French overseas territories

If you intend to settle in one of these territories (for example as a retiree) for more than 90 days, you must obtain a long stay visa prior to your departure from Canada.
If granted, this visa will allow you to go to a French prefecture or Haut Commissariat and apply for a « carte de séjour » (residency card).

Do I need a visa to visit the French overseas territories?

  • NO, if you are a National from the European Union(EU) and hold a current valid passport from this country
  • YES, if you hold a passport from any other country

The Youth Exchange agreement visas cannot be issued for stays in the overseas territories

How to file an application

All applicants over the age of 12 will have to come in person to file their applications in Vancouver.

No appointment can be made at the counter, by phone or by e-mail. Appointments are reserved for applications. Do not book an appointment to obtain information - information can only be obtained by email.

1 appointment = 1 passport. A family of 4 will need 4 slots, even if the children are minors.

Please note that applications usually take around 6 to 8 weeks and cannot be expedited. It is recommended to apply 2 to 3 months prior to the intended arrival date.
You may keep your passport while the application is being processed.

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.

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

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Long stay visa application form
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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.
Please paste one picture of the application form.

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Photo requirements
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3. 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.

4. 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 the CTOM.
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…

5. 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

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

7. 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.

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

9. Criminal record check. You must provide a recent record check for any country where you have lived in the past 5 years.

10. Proof of accommodation in France: this can be a lease, a title of property or an “attestation d’hébergement” from your host in the CTOM (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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FOR NEW CALEDONIA

As a hard copy of your file must be sent to New Caledonia, please provide the following:

  • one extra full set of photocopies of all the documents submitted as well as one extra picture.
  • a pre-paid envelope for New Caledonia addressed to the following

Haut-Commissariat en Nouvelle-Caledonie
Service de l’admission au séjour et de la nationalité
BP C5 – 98844 NOUMEA CEDEX

The envelope must be registered mail/have a tracking number and will be used to send the extra copy of your application documents.

Please note that additional documents may be required.

3.Working in a TOM or CTOM for more than 90 days

If you have a job offer to work in New Caledonia, you must obtain a long stay visa prior to your departure from Canada.
Your employer must at the same time apply for a work authorization from the relevant CTOM authorities.

1. 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.

2. One 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
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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.
Please paste one picture of the application form.

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Photo requirements
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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. 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.

6. Work contract or promise of employment and employer references.

7. Diplomas and resume corresponding to the employment sought

FOR NEW CALEDONIA

As a hard copy of your file must be sent to New Caledonia, please provide the following:

  • one extra full set of photocopies of all the documents submitted as well as one extra picture.
  • a pre-paid envelope for New Caledonia addressed to the following

Haut-Commissariat en Nouvelle-Caledonie
Service de l’admission au séjour et de la nationalité
BP C5 – 98844 NOUMEA CEDEX

The envelope must be registered mail/have a tracking number and will be used to send the extra copy of your application documents.

REMARKS :

The Consular Administration has full authority to appreciate and request more documents than those submitted by the applicant. The latter is hereby informed that submitting the aforementioned documents does not ensure automatic issuance of the visa.

[1biometric passport holders exempted from short stay visa

[2biometric passport holders exempted from short stay visa

Dernière modification : 28/09/2016

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