Visa to reside in France for more than 90 days for an ascendant of a French national or for his foreign spouse [fr]


This visa is granted to foreign ascendants who wish to reside in France (or at least stay for a period of more than 3 months per 6-month interval) with a descendant (son, daughter, grandson, granddaughter) of French nationality or with a foreign descendant spouse of a French national.

An ascendant may have the intention of settling in France:

  • either as “a dependent ascendant” if evidence of dependency is provided,
  • or as a “non-dependent ascendant” (“visitor”) subject to providing evidence of having the personal financial resources necessary to provide for his livelihood while in France.

Documents to be provided

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). 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.
  • A letter outlining the reasons for your application;
  • Evidence of the parental affiliation with the descendant, of the French nationality of the descendant or the spouse of the descendant.

As a dependent ascendant, he or she must prove that the descendant has sufficient means to provide for his livelihood while in France, which implies that his own resources must be inexistent or insufficient to provide for his livelihood in his country of origin, and that the descendant must have contributed for a significant time to the ascendant’s livelihood. The descendant must prove sufficient resources, taking into consideration his revenue and family obligations, to provide for effective and regular livelihood of the ascendant, including his lodging.

  • Medical insurance covering the first 3 months of his stay is required.

Non-dependent ascendant

  • A certificate (extract of criminal record) to be obtained from RCMP headquarters in your place of residence (original + 2 copies);
  • Evidence of residence in France (title to property, deed of sale, lease contract). Attach an electric, telephone bill… (original + 2 photocopies);
  • Evidence of all financial resources available to the applicant during his stay in France for an amount of C$1,500 per month (original + 2 photocopies);
  • The document establishing the applicant’s social security coverage during his stay in France: letter from the Régie de l’assurance maladie du Québec (RAMQ) (Quebec Health Insurance Board) concerning residence outside Quebec (or other provincial insurance) accompanied by additional insurance, original + 1 copy (travel insurance) valid for the entire period of the stay, covering emergency medical and hospital care and the cost of repatriation;
  • A solemn undertaking not to be employed during the stay (original + photocopy);

* 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 request additional 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.

Please note

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.

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.

Processing time with respect to nationality of origin may extend to two months.

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 one photocopy 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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