Short-stay visa for Metropolitan France or DOM (less than 90 days) [fr]


The short-stay visa is issued for all the countries that are part of the Schengen area (for a maximum period of 90 days).

If the principal destination of your trip is France, file your application for a Schengen visa with the Consulate General of France. If you are planning a circuit route and are staying the same number of days in different countries of the Schengen region, you must file your application at the Consulate of the country that you will first enter. Otherwise, it is with the Consulate of the country where you are planning to stay the longest that you must file your visa application.

The timeframe for processing of files depends on many factors and varies according to nationality, type of passport and reasons for the stay.

Note : Visas valid for France are also valid to enter Monaco and stay for a period of less than 3 months.

Visa exemptions, see : Do I need a visa?

Documents to be submitted

Please provide both the original and the copy of the documents. All the documents must be submitted in the order below.

The visa section will give you back the original documents.

Document or photocopy missing = incomplete file = high risk of visa refusal.

  • 1 identification photo, in colour, recent (less than three months), original, in format 35 mm X 45 mm with clear and uniform background. Photo must be affixed to the form;
  • Original passport (and copy of your passport’s identification page and pages with Schengen visas). 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. Your passport contains at least two blank pages face to face and was issued less than 10 years ago;
  • Refugees : RefugeeTravel Document issued in accordance with the 1951 Geneva Convention;
    • Canadian residents with refugees status, even if they have a permanent resident card, must be in possession of this document and present themselves at the consulate at least one month before their travel date.
  • Non Canadian citizens : evidence of your regular status in Canada ;
    • a permanent resident card (photocopy must be recto-verso),
      • IMM 1000 not accepted.
    • or a study permit along with a valid Canadian visa (to ensure the return to Canada),
    • or a work permit along with a valid Canadian visa,
    • or a Canadian visitor’s visa if the holder prove residence over three consecutive months in Canada.
  • Attestation of employment or student status :
    • if you are an independent worker, you must provide proof of business registration;
    • if you are a salaried employee, you must provide detailed proof of employment (letter from your employer) as well as your last three salary statements;
    • if you are retired and draw pension benefits, you must provide proof of payment of such benefits;
    • if you are a stockbroker, you must provide your stock exchange documents;
    • if you are a student, you must provide a recent study attestation;
    • if you are unemployed, all documents pertaining to your resources, for example: letter from your spouse’s employer indicating his or her position, salary, the date of commencement of employment, the last three salary statements as well as your marriage certificate with translation.
  • You must provide your banking statements of the last three months. Banking statements printed in an ATM are not accepted. All statements must bear your name.
  • Air travel reservations or supporting evidence of registration with an organized tour;
  • Travel insurance covering the cost of repatriation for medical reasons, of emergency medical treatment or hospitalization in effect for the length of the stay in the Schengen countries with minimum coverage of 30,000 Euros (approximately C$50,000). Contact your insurer and present a document bearing your name which clearly outlines this coverage. Attention: your provincial insurance is not sufficient.
  • Supporting evidence of stay: proof of accomodation + copy (document to be obtained from the town hall of the host’s residence) or hotel reservation limited to 10 days; beyond the 10 days, hotel reservations must be accompanied by proof of payment for the total reservation period; ownership title or lease in your name with recent invoices (water, gas, electricity…). The reservation(s) must cover the entire period of all stays.
  • If you are traveling for business in France, a letter from your employer in Canada stating that you are going to France on their behalf, for what purpose and when, the name, address and contact number of the company to be visited is required.
    If you are travelling for “student trainee”, because the training is within the scope of your studies, the agreement must be certified by the DIRECCTE (Direction générale des entreprises, de la concurrence, de la consommation, du travail et
    de l’emploi) in France and from Cultural Services prior to your visa application
  • For minors traveling alone, with their parents or within the framework of a school or sports activity : birth certificate, notarized authorization of both parents or tutor, description of the trip in the case of a circuit.


The Consulate reserves the right to require additional supporting evidence.

Furthermore, it is important to keep at all times all the original documents; they could be requested upon your entry in France since the visa does not guarantee admittance into French territory.

Fees and timeframes

Application fees (non-refundable): the value of € 60 in Canadian currency for a short-stay visa, payable only by debit card, cash or money orders (exact amount) payable to consulat de France à Montréal.

The timeframe for delivering a visa depends on your nationality, even if you are a permanent resident in Canada.

Please consult the following link regarding the Application Processing Time for your information : “Timeframes”.


Attention, you must schedule an appointment in order to submit your application on the Consulate’s website : "Rendez-vous" (in the "Prendre rendez-vous" tab).

Only those persons in possession of the notice 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 that are required to issue the requested visa.

You must submit 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’s website : "Rendez-vous" (in the "Revoir son rendez-vous" tab).

Appealing a decision

Decisions to deny a visa are notified and justified to applicants; pursuant to Decree No. 2000-1093 of November 10, 2000, applicants may appeal these decisions before an Appeals Board. If you wish to appeal a decision that you deem unfounded, you must submit your appeal to the Board (B.P. 83609, 44036 NANTES Cedex 1) within two months from the date of the notice of denial; the appeal must set out the points of fact and law that you intend to invoke to have the decision overturned.

Last modified on 11/04/2017

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