Important information for all visa applicants (Schengen and Long stay visas)
In view of the implementation of the Visa Information System (VIS) May 15th, 2014, the Consulate General of France in Montreal will proceed with biometric data registration (picture and fingerprints) as of May 15th, 2014, in regard to all visa requests for applicants aged 12 years and older.
This procedure is mandatory for all short and long stay visa requests, including student visas and France-Canada Youth Exchange Agreement related visas.
Therefore, all visa applicants aged 12 years or older will be required to present themselves in person.
The “biometric data” of a visa applicant is:
- his or her digital photograph,
- and digital fingerprints.
Any applicant for a visa must attend in person, including children. The following biometrics identifiers are taken on that occasion :
- a photograph, either scanned or taken at the time of the application,
- and ten fingerprints, taken flat down and digitalized.
All visa applicants are subject to biometrics and consequently must schedule an appointment via the Consulate’s Web site. When filing their application, applicants will provide the consulate officer, if need be, with an express post envelope so that the passport containing the visa may be sent to their home.
Holders of diplomatic passports requesting a long-stay visa (more than 90 days) to take up diplomatic or consular functions in France are exempted from biometrics, as are members of their family who hold a diplomatic passport. The visa application may be done at the Consulate by appointment or by mail. Holders of a diplomatic passport requesting a short-stay or long-stay visitor’s visa are subject to biometrics and must schedule an appointment via the Consulate’s Web site to be fingerprinted and photographed.
The following visa applicants must bring an express post envelope :
- short-stay (less than 90 days) subject to consultation (see under the heading “Timeframes”);
- long-stay (more than 90 days), except Canadians selected under the youth exchange agreement;
- Canadians selected under the youth exchange agreement who have another nationality that is subject to consultation (see under the heading “Timeframes”).