Members of religious denominations and lay associates [fr]


These provisions apply to :

  • religious and lay persons invited by a religious organization: nuns within an order, novices, postulants;
  • religious and lay persons invited by a diocese: bishops, priests, seminarians; pastors and parish assistants, theology students; a pastor’s spouse (officially married) and children;
  • all lay persons associated with the life or the operation of a religious organization, a congregation or a parish, as well as those who are receiving internal civil training or who are going on a retreat or are undergoing spiritual training.

Documents to be provided

Please provide both the original and 2 copies 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 long-stay 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;
  • Original passport (and copy of your passport’s identification page). The passport must be valid for at least 3 months beyond the end of the stay in France. The visa is made effective by means of a self-adhesive label affixed to one of the pages of the passport;
  • 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.
  • The "Single Form" : This single document form replaces all the supporting evidence that was usually required in the past for processing short-stay and long-stay visa applications. It is suitable for all denominations. As is the case with the invitation letter, you must submit it at the point of entry on arriving on French territory;
  • In the case of a long stay, the specific OFII form in which the applicant must fill out the upper section. 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.


The Consulate reserves the right to require additional supporting evidence.

Fees and timeframes

Application fees (non-refundable): the value of €99€ in Canadian currency for long stays, the value of €60 in Canadian currency for short stays; payable only by debit card, cash or money orders (exact amount) payable to “consulat de France à Montréal”.

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 you 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 two photocopies 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).

Last modified on 12/02/2016

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