First steps in France and visa extensions
The landing process was simplified in the 2013 France-Canada Youth Mobility Agreement and WHV holders no longer have to get a work permit from the Direction régionale des Entreprises, de la concurrence, de la consommation, du travail et de l’emploi (DIRECCTE) or the “préfecture”. You can start working directly and no longer have to obtain a residence permit (“carte de séjour”) or temporary work permit.
Much like Canadians have a SIN, French nationals have a “numéro de sécurité sociale”. You may have to apply for it if your employer doesn’t initiate the process on your behalf. To apply for your “numéro de sécurité sociale”, you’ll need an apostilled or a legalized version of your birth certificate (if you were born in Canada). Make sure to ask for a copy of your birth certificate before you arrive in France. For more information, read:
Can I leave and re-enter France during the validity of my visa?
Yes. You can leave France, explore other countries or return to Canada and then come back to France as many times as you want, as long as your visa is still valid.
And what if I want to extend my stay?
At the end of your WHV, you may be eligible to apply for one of the other three visa categories under the France-Canada Youth Mobility Agreement.
Visa extension must be submitted at the “préfecture” two months before the expiration of your current visa. Before going to the “préfecture,” contact it to confirm the required documents.
If a visa extension is granted, the “préfecture” will issue:
- A 12-month “autorisation provisoire de séjour” to 3D visa holders
- A “carte de séjour temporaire” valid up to 12 months to 3A, 3B and 3C visa holders
If you’d rather come back to Canada before considering other visa options, you will have to submit your application at one of the Consulate General of France in Toronto, Montreal or Vancouver.