Working Holiday Visa in France for Canadians

Chapter 6: Your VFS Global Centre appointment

Published: 26-02-2019



Your VFS Global Centre appointment

What documents do I need to bring?

  • The VFS Global Centre appointment confirmation
  • A copy of the printed application form, dated and signed
  • The receipt of visa application
  • Two ID photos
  • Your passport, valid for at least six months after the planned end date of your Working Holiday Visa and with at least two blank pages
  • A copy of the six first pages of your passport
  • Proof of funds (CAD3,000 + CAD1,000 to cover the cost of your return ticket to France)
  • A cover letter
  • Proof of health insurance covering health care needs (including hospitalization) and repatriation for the duration of your stay in France. Personal liability insurance coverage is recommended, but not compulsory.

What should I expect at the appointment?

Make sure to bring ALL supporting documents—those listed in the 3D visa application kit and the documents required by VFS Global (i.e. the appointment confirmation and the France-Visa “Receipt of visa application”).

If you don’t have all the documents, you may not be able to drop off your application.

Your application will be reviewed to make sure it’s complete and that all supporting documents are included, then you will give biometric data (photo and fingerprints).

The VFS Global Centre will keep your passport.

What’s the next step?

Your application will be forwarded to the French consulate in Montreal for processing. Once a decision is made, the consulate will send your passport back to the VFS Global Centre. You will have two options to pick it up:

    • You can come in person (no one can pick it up on your behalf)
    • You can pay a CAD35 fee to have it sent to your mailing address with UPS

How long will it take for my application to be processed?

It really depends. Based on the feedback we receive, it goes from a few days to a couple of weeks or even a month.

I got my visa!

Congrats! You can now live and work in France for up to 12 months. Remember to travel to France at most three months after your visa was issued.

Chapter 6 of 7


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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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