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.

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
208 Bloor street West, 4th floor, on the right
M5S 3B4 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

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.

Canadian citizens wishing to benefit from the France-Canada agreement on youth mobility will find instructions to complete their France-Visas requests on youth mobility on the Frenc embassy website

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

You must obtain a certificate from the Cooperation and Cultural Action Service (SCAC notice) at the time of the constitution of your visa application file if you reside in Canada and that:

- You will study in order to obtain a French diploma (License, Master, Doctorate, MBA, etc.);

- You will study in France as part of an exchange program of one or two sessions between your Canadian university and a French institution and you have neither the Canadian nationality nor a nationality of the European Union.

You will find the questionnaire to complete and return by email once completed below:

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Questionnaire Procédure SCAC - ENGLISH
(PDF - 314.5 kb)

Once completed the form has to be sent to: if you live in Quebec if you live in Ontario (except Ottawa area) in other cases.

Your scac notice will be sent to you within 5 working days, do not forget to attach it to your visa application file.

Last modified on 16/02/2019

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