Working Holiday Visa in France for Canadians

Chapter 2: Required documents for a Working Holiday Visa (3D visa) application

Published: 26-02-2019



Required documents for a Working Holiday Visa (3D visa) application

When you submit your application, you must present the following documents :

Documents required by the French embassy

  • The long stay visa application form, dated and signed. You’ll get a copy of the form after completing your application on France-Visas. A blank copy is also included in the PDF 3D visa application kit available on the French Embassy in Canada website (pages 7-8).
  • Two recent ID pictures, 35 x 45 mm (1.38 x 1.78’’), taken against a plain or light background. One of the pictures must be affixed to the application form. Pages 4, 5 and 6 of the application guide provide more details on acceptable photo ID formats—read them!
  • Your Canadian passport, signed. The document must be valid for at least 6 months beyond the end date of your stay in France. It must contain at least 2 blank pages for the 3D visa.
  • Photocopies of the 6 first pages of your passport.
  • The original and a photocopy of your proof of funds showing the required amount of 3,000 Canadian dollars to cover your first few weeks in France, plus 1,000 Canadian dollars for your return ticket (if you don’t have one). Most applicants provide a recent bank statement.
  • One cover letter (original document and a photocopy) addressed to the Consulate General of France in which you must state you’re applying for a WHV, explain why you chose this program and give your approximate travel dates.
  • Proof of medical insurance coverage (health care, hospitalization and repatriation) for the duration of your stay in France.
  • Proof of personal liability insurance coverage (recommended, but not required).

Additional documents required by VFS Global

  • The visa application receipt from completing your application on France-Visas.
  • The appointment confirmation receipt from booking your appointment with a VFS Global Centre.

Notes on proof of medical insurance coverage

Policy information and effective dates aren’t considered adequate evidence of health insurance. You must also include:

  • Purchase receipt(s).
  • A document signed by an insurance company employee stating your name and address, effective start and end dates of coverage as well as type of coverage purchased.
  • Brochures with the full terms and conditions of each policy, in which you must highlight mentions and details of your coverage during your stay in France.

Notes on personal liability insurance

Personal liability insurance coverage (a type of insurance that protects you for unintentionally injuring someone or damaging their property and have to pay damages) isn’t as common in Canada as it is in France. However, home insurance policies you or your parents may hold as homeowners often include liability insurance and they may provide worldwide coverage. Check with your insurance company before you leave.
You can also purchase personal liability insurance from a broker or your bank (“assurance responsabilité civile”) once you arrive in France. Tenant home insurance policies—compulsory in France—also often include liability insurance.

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Hi ! I can’t find any information about how to get a “Note Verbale”. How to get this document?
Je ne trouve pas d’information concernant la “Note Verbale”, comment obtenir ce document pour mon PVT? Merci!

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Salut ! Où as-tu vu ce document ? Il n’est pas demandé dans la liste :

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Does anyone know if you require you need to purchase health insurance for a year during the application phase? Seems odd to purchase health insurance without knowing if you’ll get the visa. Also, I was told that you could apply up until the day you turn 36 (does that mean that this date is from the time you submit the application?)

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Hi, I have the same question. Just wondering if you ever sorted it out?

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Hi, does anyone know if I need to have a certificate proving I know French from a university class or something ? I’ve been learning French on online apps and I think I’m pretty good but I don’t have any proof that I’ve learned it in school or know up to a certain amount. Will this hinder my visa application ?

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You don’t need to know any French for the WHV.

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This is the most frustrating paperwork process. I have spent almost my entire 1 yr of working holiday visa UNEMPLOYED because there’s no CLEAR instructions how to obtain a social security number. I’ve gone to temp agencies(one of them a not so nice person almost laughed in my face 😒 telling me it’s IMPOSSIBLE to be hired without the numéro security sociale) and many places while job hunting and they all REQUIRED a social security # even though I explained and showed documents of my visa AND my external insurance. I also filled out the form and applied for it at CEPA (waited 3+ months) only to be told I am not entitled to one because it’s a VISA VACANCE TRAVAIL. so, this has been many setbacks and tears, don’t get me started with renewing process 😪

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Hello! Does anyone know if it’s possible to renew the working holiday visa in Canada, aka return to Canada and do a renewal through VFS Global? I’m having trouble finding information about this and it’s impossible to book an appointment at the prefecture right now.

Any info would be very helpful, thanks 🙂

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Hi Alison, I was wondering if you got an update about this as I am in the same situation. I was on a working holiday then came back a few years later in Vancouver. I’ve been trying to find information about renewal as well and there’s none. I’ve contacted the consulate and they gave me a solid no but the VFS agent in Vancouver said I can renew it over again as long as I’m qualified..

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