Visa for minors with schooling [fr]


A visa valid for a maximum stay of 12 months is issued. Its validity cannot be extended during the minor’s stay in France. The minor must therefore leave France before the expiry date of his visa.

An application for a visa for another school or university year may be filed at the Consulate having jurisdiction in the location of the parents’ residence or that of the person exercising parental authority.

This visa allows multiple entries into France. Consequently, the minor can enter French territory as often as desired during the period of validity of his visa, without the need to apply for another visa. In addition, this Type “D” visa allows the holder to travel in the Schengen Area for a maximum of 90 days per 6-month period without any other visa.


This procedure applies to pupils or students considered minors under French law (less than 18 years) who wish to pursue their studies in France, away from their parents (who do not reside in France), during a period exceeding 90 days, in a primary or secondary school or in an institution of higher learning, regardless of their nationality.

This procedure does not apply to :

  • schooling at the professional level (preparation for BEP, CAP, BP, BTS) that includes optional training or an apprenticeship in business;
  • minor children traveling to France for a period of 3 months or less;
  • minor children traveling to France for reasons other than school attendance;
  • minor children residing in a member State of the European Union (EU) or in a member State of the Europe Economic Area (EEA) traveling to France for schooling;
  • students of the age of majority (more than 18 according to French law) who wish to pursue studies at the secondary school level in France;
  • foreign minor children of French nationals;
  • minor children joining their foreign parents in France.

Minors with schooling wishing to reside in France for a period exceeding 3 months must obtain a visa regardless of their nationality, including therefore Canadian nationals. The only minors with schooling exempted from this obligation to obtain a visa are nationals of :

  • member States of the European Union,
  • member States of the European Economic Area,
  • Monaco, Switzerland, Andorra and San Marino.

Documents to be provided

Do not send documents to the Consulate by fax. The visa application files must be complete when received.

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.

  • Two identification photos, in colour, recent (less than three months), original, in 35 mm X 45 mm format with clear and uniform background. Two photos must be affixed to each form and a third added to the file;
  • Minor’s passport (and copy of your passport’s identification page). This passport must be valid for a period of at least one year after the minor’s arrival in France;
  • 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.
  • Birth certificate of the child mentioning the first and family names of the parents, or any document of civil status that establishes filiation between the child and his parents;
  • Supporting evidence of the parent’s legal status in Canada: permanent residence card (IMM 1000 not accepted), study or work permit. The holders of study permits or work permits must possess a temporary residence visa permitting re-entry to Canada (original + photocopy, both sides of the permanent residence card must be photocopied);
  • A letter of parental authorization (original + photocopy). The signatory of the parental authorization must present an identification document bearing a signature and one photograph (passport, citizen identification card, driving permit for example), original and 2 photocopies joined to the application;
  • An undertaking to assume responsibility by the host person in France (original + photocopy) + photocopy of the signatory’s proof of identity (CNIS). If the host family is foreign: submit a photocopy of the “residency document”, the validity of which must cover the term of the school year;
  • Attestation of the financial responsibility for the minor’s stay in France and return to Canada established either by the parents of the child, by the host family or by the organization (particular models and organizations) + evidence of the signatory’s resources (last 3 banking statements) (original + photocopy);
  • If the stay is organized by an association with educational objectives, the Consulate reserves the possibility of replacing this supporting evidence by the letter attesting to the financial responsibility assumed by the institution (original + photocopy);
  • A certificate (or letter) of registration in a primary or secondary school institution or in an institution of higher learning in France, signed by the authorized representative of the establishment, indicating the surname, first name and title of the signatory and bearing the seal of the establishment with its contact information (address, telephone, fax, etc.,) (original + photocopy). A letter from an association which organizes educational stays is not accepted as evidence of school registration;
  • The school report cards of the previous year, and, if applicable, the secondary school diploma (original + photocopies);
  • Evidence of the level of knowledge of the French language;
  • An attestation pertaining to the medical repatriation-hospitalization coverage in France for total medical expenses and for the full duration of the stay. The Canadian provincial coverage is insufficient. An attestation of civil liability coverage for the minor (affirming that the minor is covered for the full duration of his stay abroad);
  • Vaccination certificates required in France. The DT-Polio against diphtheria, tetanus; and poliomyelitis. If these vaccinations are not available in Canada, attach an attestation from the parents or from the person exercising parental authority (original + photocopy) constituting an undertaking to cause the minor to be vaccinated prior to his arrival at the school establishment. For information on such vaccinations, please contact the health centre nearest you.

Students boarding in a learning institution

  • An attestation by the Principal of a learning institution that receives boarders along with a photocopy of an identification document of the signatory;
  • An undertaking by one or several families to act as host to a minor during closings of the boarding school or an undertaking by the Principal of the institution to find a boarding house during closings of the boarding school.

Non-boarding students

  • An undertaking by a family to act as host to the minor, based on a model currently being prepared, along with a photocopy of an identification document of the signatories (CNI or residency document to stay in France, the validity of which must exceed the length of the school year);
  • Information concerning the boarding conditions available to the minor in a host family (single room? multiple occupancy rooms?).


The Consulate reserves the right to require additional supporting evidence. Filing the documents 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.

Fees and timeframes

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

The timeframe for processing the visa application

Processing requires approximately 8 weeks after receipt of the complete file. Applications may be made 3 months prior to the departure date for France.

Entry requirements upon arrival in France

The border police will require the passport on which the visa has been affixed. No document relating to the minor’s accommodation or to his means of support in France, nor airfare for return to Canada, will be required upon entry in France.

The Internet site of the French Customs outlines the customs control regulations pertaining to students.

Entry requirements after arrival in France

Minors are exempt from providing a residence permit. Because the visa on the passport is the sole proof of the minor’s legal status during his stay in France, it is advisable to photocopy the first pages of the passport as well as the page upon which the visa has been affixed, and to keep the photocopies in a safe place different from that where the passport is kept.

Special cases

If the minor with schooling attains the age of 18 years during his stay in France, he must apply for a residence permit at the Prefecture within 2 months following his age of majority. If his departure from France takes place within these two months, he is exempted from doing so.


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 having their notification 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 required for the issuance of the requested visa.

You must provide 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 22/03/2016

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