Applying for a French visa in Canada [fr]

For general information and for preparing, submitting and tracking your application, log on to France-visas, the official website for visa application to France.

Only visa applications submitted by people falling within the categories appearing on the international travel certificate to France may be processed by the visa service.

Applicants not falling into these categories must postpone their travel plan.

Applicants who fall into the categories mentioned on the exceptional international travel certificate can make an appointment to submit a visa application in Montreal, Ottawa, Vancouver or Toronto.“”

To book an appointment, you have to register your application online on France Visa website. Once the application has been registered, you will be directed to our provider website to choose the date and time that suits you.

Please note that if you have a long-stay visa expiring between March 16th and June 15th, 2020, the validity of this visa has been automatically extended by 6 months.

==The issuance of the visa does not guarantee your entry in France. This authorization remains subject to therules in force regarding border crossing.==

Visa applications filed in Canada are processed by the Consulate General of France in Montreal.

France-visas is the single website with all the information you need at every stage of your visa application.

Applying fo a visa : the main steps

Do you need a visa ?

PNG First use, the visa wizard to check depending on your situation, whether you need a visa and which one. It will also tell you which documents must be enclosed to your application along with the relevant fee.

Complete your application on line

PNG Once you have confirmed that you need a visa, you can complete your application on line. You will be asked to create a France-Visas account, which you will need for each step of the process.

Submit your application to the visa center

PNG Once you have completed your online application, all you have to do is submit it to your local visa center provides you with all necessary information on how and where to submit your application.

In Canada, Visa applications for France can be submitted in four centers :

VFS Global center in Toronto
2 Bloor street West
Unit 762
M4W 3R1 Toronto

VFS Global center in Montréal
Unit 820, 1010 rue Sherbrooke Ouest
Entrance on Metcafe street

VFS Global center in Vancouver
580 Hornby Street Unit 440
BC V6C 3B6 Vancouver

VFS Global center in Ottawa
2211 Riverside Drive
Unit 403
ON K1H7X5 Ottawa

Track your visa application

PNG Once your application is submitted track its progress, and see how and when you can collect your pasport and how to prepare for your trip to France.
If you have any question regarding your visa application, you can contact VFS call center
(+ 1) 613 927 92 66
(From 9 a.m Atlantic time to 4 p.m Pacific time)

Processing time

Depending on the time of year, the deadlines for making appointments and for processing your file may vary.

Applicants are therefore asked to anticipate their visa application process by requesting an appointment approximately one month before the scheduled departure date.

France-Canada – Youth mobility agreement - students, young professionals, working holiday

The Franco-Canadian agreement aims to simplify and facilitate the administrative procedures applicable to young French nationals and young Canadian nationals (18-35 years old) who wish to stay in the country of which they are not nationals, in order to increase their knowledge languages, culture and society in the other country through travel, study, internship or work experience.

The agreement provides for four categories of stays:
- Young professionals,
- Interuniversity exchange,
- Practical Internship
- Working Holiday Program.

For young Canadians, the agreement applies to the territories of the European and Overseas Departments (Martinique, Guadeloupe, Guyana, Reunion, Mayotte) of the French Republic as well as the territorial collectivity of Saint- Pierre and Miquelon.

=> Check instructions to complete your applications on the France Visa website.

=> Check Frequently asked questions on this topic.

Students applying for a French long-term visa to study in France

In some cases, it is essential to solicit, alongside your application for a student long-term visa, a certificate that will confirm the educational consistency of your curriculum.

NB : Application for a Scac notice doesn’t replace the visa application which still has to be submitted on line on France visa->] before your appointment at a VFS center.

Who has to apply for a SCAC notice (Campus France)?

- Students residing in Canada who wish to go to France in order to obtain a French diploma (Licence, Master, Doctorat, MBA).

This notice is not required for mobility under agreement between a French and a Canadian university, double degree programms or co-tutelle PhD programs.

When to apply for the SCAC notice?

The request has to be sent at least one week before the appointment at a VFS center to submit your visa application.
Reminder: To make an appointment, you have to submit an online application on France visa. Once your application has been submitted, you can select the date of your appointment online.

How to apply for the SCAC notice?

You have to fill in the form below and send it by email to : if you live in Quebec if you live in Ontario (except Ottawa area) and Manitoba. in other cases.

PDF - 205.4 kb
Scac notice application
(PDF - 205.4 kb)

Your SCAC notice will be directly transmitted to the visa department of the Consulate General of France in Montreal.

Last modified on 12/11/2020

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