Return of foreign students who no longer have a French residency document [fr]

Foreign students who have had a training period or participated in a university exchange in Canada and who wish to return to France to continue their studies, and who have a lapsed residence permit and/or an acknowledgement of a lapsed residency permit, are asked to file a new long-stay visa application based on the reasons for their stay in France.

No visa application would be accepted if the french resident permit is still valuable.

Documents to provide

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 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 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;
  • 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.
  • French residency document delivered by the préfecture ;
  • Original attestation of registration in a french institution, printed or faxed attestations are not accepted, student identification card or "certificat de scolarité" neither ;
  • Original attestation of registration in a canadian institution ;
  • Proof of accommodation in France (bills, lease, ...).

* Citizens from following countries must produce 2 long-stay application forms and 2 photos : Afghanistan, Armenia, Azerbaïdjan, Belorussia, Georgia, Iran, Kazakhstan, Kirghistan, Liban, Libya, Moldavia, Ouzbekistan, Pakistan, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Tadjikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraina.


The Consulate reserves the right to require additional supporting evidence.

Filing the documents and paying the fees does not systematically guarantee issuance of a visa. You should not leave your present job, sell your property or commit yourself in any way before receiving your visa.


File costs (non-refundable): the value of €99 in Canadian currency for long-stay visa, payable only by debit card, cash or money orders payable to “consulat de France à Montréal”.


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 who have an appointment will be admitted to the Consulate offices. For security reasons, please respect your appointment times.

Before attendance, be sure that you have all the necessary documents that appear on the Consulate Web site, for issuance of the required visa.

It is imperative that you provide all originals as well as one copy 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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