Visa to stay in Metropolitan France more than 90 days for tourism or a simple visit [fr]


The long-stay visa is one that allows the holder to reside in France for more than 90 days. Every foreigner who wishes to stay in France for a period exceeding three months must have a long-stay visa. Only citizens of the European Union and of the European Economic Union are exempted. They must however submit an application for a residency permit at the Prefecture upon arrival 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. Your passport contains at least two blank pages and was issued less than 10 years ago;
  • 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 residence in France (land ownership title or contract of lease or a solemn undertaking from your host + copy of his ID + electric, telephone bill…);
  • Evidence of all financial resources available to the applicant during his stay in France, based on expenses of C$1,500 per month;
  • 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;
  • Documents of civil status (marriage certificate and children’s birth certificates;
  • For minors, proof of school attendance (registration or pre-registration);
  • Visa requirements for minors: birth certificate, “livret de famille” (family record book), parental authorization or authorization of the legal guardian;
    • The presence of one of the parents or the legal guardian, carrying an identity card, is required for minors to file a visa application at the visa section of the French Consulate.

* 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 claim additional 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.

Please note

Upon arrival in France, the interested party must forward the specific form OFII signed by the Consulate, to the territorial Management of the OFII which has jurisdiction for his area of residence. Subsequently, the OFII will notify him to schedule an appointment for a medical visit and a welcoming visit, both of which are mandatory. A tax pertaining to the delivery of the permission to stay will be levied on this occasion.

Fees and timeframes

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.

Please consult the following link regarding the Application Processing Time for your information : “Timeframes”.

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


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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