Visa for student trainees [fr]


You are traveling to France to undergo training (un stage) in the course of your studies or a training program. This training is not remunerated but you may receive gratuities.

For a stay of less than 90 days, a short-stay visa can be required.

The long-stay visa or type D visa authorizes a stay in France for a period exceeding 90 days.

If you are a Canadian between the ages of 18 and 35, please refer to the link :
Student or trainee 3B and 3C visas for Canadian citizens between the ages of 18 and 35, (Practical training within a business for young Canadians wishing to acquire practical training in business within the scope of their studies or professional training.)


For all “student trainee” visa applications, because the training is within the scope of your studies, the agreement must be certified by Cultural Services prior to your visa application.

For more information :

Documents to be provided

The long-stay visa or Type “D” visa allows you to stay in France for more than 3 months and to travel in Schengen Area countries.

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;
  • Your original passport (and copy of your passport’s identification page). 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;
  • 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.
  • Trainee agreement entered into between the employer in France, the school or training establishment in Canada and yourself, certified by the Direction générale des entreprises, de la concurrence, de la consommation, du travail et de l’emploi (DIRECCTE) (Labour, Employment and Job Training Office for the Department) of the location where your training in France will take place. (DIRECCTE);
  • Means of livelihood;

For students obtaining a bursary (from the French Government, or a foreign government which regularly provides student bursaries or from international organizations or also for beneficiaries of community programs) :

  • an attestation confirming the amount and duration of the bursary or an explanation outlining the benefits of a community program; no additional resource is required.

For other applicants :

  • any evidence of sufficient means of livelihood, corresponding to 70% of the basic monthly subsistence allowance provided by the French Government to foreign bursary students (approximately C$1,000 per month), for the entire first year or proof of an equivalent source of revenue. Such resources can be proven by :
    • a bank confirmation that the total amount has been deposited in a French bank account or that it will be done subsequently;
    • a guarantee of reimbursement by a surety in France or abroad, presented with the following documents:
      • photocopy of an ID document of the guarantor (CNI, passport, residency document for France)
      • and evidence of his or her resources (for example, latest pay slip, latest income tax assessment);
  • Evidence of accommodation;
  • Medical coverage during the entire stay in France;
  • Travel Insurance covering the cost of repatriation and hospitalization for a minimum amount of C$50,000 (original + photocopy).


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”.

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 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 23/02/2016

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