You are an employee of a company located abroad and you are traveling to France to undergo training (un stage) as part of a training program. This training is not remunerated, but you may receive gratuities. For a stay of less than 90 days, a short-stay visa is not required for canadian citizens, but is required for most of citizens from other countries.
The long-stay visa or type D visa authorizes a stay in France for a period of more than 90 days.
Foreign civil servants holding a travel order for training in France are deemed visitors.
If you are a Canadian between the ages of 18 and 35, and currently a student or a trainee, please refer to the link: Student or trainee 2B and 2C visas for Canadian citizens between the ages of 18 and 35, (Practical training within a business (2C visa) for young Canadians wishing to acquire practical training in business within the scope of their studies or professional training.)
1 long-term visa application form* duly completed and signed
1 identification photo, in colour, recent (less than three months), original in 35 mm X 45 mm format with clear and uniform background. Photo must be affixed to the form;
Your original passport + photocopy of principal pages. The passport must be valid for at least 3 months beyond the end of your stay in France. The visa is validated by a self-adhesive label that will be affixed to one of the pages of the passport.
Supporting evidence of your legal status in Canada (is not intended for Canadians) : permanent residence card (IMM 1000 not accepted), study or work permit. The holders of study permits or work permits must possess a temporary residence visa permitting re-entry to Canada (original + photocopy; both sides of the permanent residence card must be photocopied.)
Refugees : Persons residing in Canada with refugee status, even if they hold permanent residence cards, must have in their possession a travel document for refugees (original + photocopy), 1951 Geneva Convention Model and visit the Consulate one month before the proposed date of entry into France.
In the case of a civil servant, a Third Party Note or travel order indicating the reason and the conditions of the stay replaces all the supporting evidence required below.
Trainee agreement entered into between the employer in France, the company employing you in Canada and yourself, certified by the Direction générale des entreprises, de la concurrence, de la consommation, du travail et de l’emploi (DIRECCTE) (Labour, Employment and Job Training Office for the Department) of the location where your training in France will take place. (DIRECCTE) (original + photocopy).
Means of livelihood (originals + copies) The means of livelihood must be equal to the monthly amount of the guaranteed minimum wage, computed on the basis of the legal work week (€1,300 as at January 1st, 2009). These resources are typically derived from continued remuneration by the employer or from gratuities.
Evidence of accommodation;
Medical coverage during the entire stay in France;
Travel insurance covering the cost of repatriation and hospitalization for a minimum amount of C$50,000 (original + photocopy);
In the case of a long-term stay exceeding 3 months: Specific form OFII of which the upper part must be completed by the applicant;
* Citizens from following countries must produce 2 long-stay application forms and 2 photos : Afghanistan, Armenia, Azerbaïdjan, Belorussia, Georgia, Iran, Kazakhstan, Kirghistan, Liban, Libya, Moldavia, Ouzbekistan, Pakistan, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Tadjikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraina.
Upon arrival in France, the person must immediately send the specific OFII form signed by the Consulate to the OFII territorial division that has jurisdiction in the Department where the person resides. The OFII will subsequently contact him or her for the compulsory medical and reception appointments. Fees for the issuance of the residency document must be paid on this occasion.
Application fees (non-refundable): the value of €99 in Canadian currency for a long-stay visa, payable only by credit or debit card, bank cheque or postal money order (exact amount) payable to consulat de France à Montréal; cash not accepted.
The Consulate reserves the right to require additional supporting evidence. Filing the documents does not systematically guarantee issuance of a visa. You should not leave your present job, sell your property or commit yourself in any way before receiving your visa.
Attention - It is necessary to make an appointment to file your application: please click here
Only those persons having their notification to attend will be admitted to the Consulate offices. For security reasons, please be on time.
Before attending, please make sure to bring all the documents indicated on the Consulate Web site required for the issuance of the requested visa.
You must provide all original documents, as well as one photocopy of each document.
To avoid penalizing other applicants, if you must cancel your appointment you are strongly requested to do so via the Consulate Web site under "Scheduling or cancelling an appointment."