1. #1
    Avatar de LuckyS
    Lucky 29 ans

    Vancouver, BC, Canada
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    I am a Canadian from Vancouver that applied for the Jeune Professionnel Visa this summer.

    I just wanted to write about my experience applying for this visa as it was a complete shit show with VFS Global and the French Consulate in Vancouver + Montreal. Hopefully someone will find this useful and good luck to you!

    Here were some things I had to come to terms with during this process:

    1. The French Consulate in Vancouver will not answer any visa related questions. They will tell you refer you to the Montreal Consulate, VFS Global, France Visas website.
    2. The French Consulate in Montreal will not answer any visa related questions either. (Tried calling numerous times, they will not budge.)
    3. Ultimately, VFS Global is only responsible for collecting your documents based on the checklist generated by the France Visas website. If you have any issues unrelated to that, they will refer you to the consulates. It's VERY difficult to get a straight answer from VFS Global (call center and email). You are on your own for this process.

    The problem: On the France-Visas Website, under Section 1: Form (Your Plans), and (Main Purpose of Stay), the Jeunes Professionnels Visa Option isn't listed. This is a problem because if a document checklist is generated based on what you choose for this section.

    What I did: Under "Your Plans", I selected "Business" and Under "Main Purpose of Stay", I selected "Recruitment or Posting Worker".

    After I completed my online application, I received a document checklist that required me to present these documents:

    1. Copy of Diplomas
    2. Proof of qualification (CV)
    3. Employment certificate
    4. Work permit obtained by your employer from the DIRECCTE (Cerfa form n15187*02) sent directly to the embassy or consulate by the OFII

    **All of these documents are straight forward except for Item #4. Because of the Jeune Professionnel visa falls under the France Canada Mobility Act (which is supposed to simplify this process), this step is not necessary. The cerfa form just needs to be filled out by your employer, but does not need to be stamped by the DIRECCTE of sent to the consulate by the OFII. I've confirmed this directly with the OFII and VFS agent during my appointment.

    Important to note:

    - On the OFII website, Recruter un travailleur étranger | OFII, it also says that the OFII will send this information to the consulate directly. This is NOT ACCURATE. Please don't make the same mistake as me, and wait until OFII contacts the Consulate. IT WILL NOT HAPPEN.

    - On the France-Visas website Situations particulières | Canada, you'll notice that the required documents for this Visa looks slightly different. In particular, they ask for proof of sufficient funds (ie. bank statements). DON'T WORRY ABOUT THIS. At my VFS appointment, I was advised by the agent to not add additional documents than what is required on the checklist. She explained to me that the consulate has to authenticate each document received, and this will cause delays in processing.

    The result: Even though I wasn't able to apply for the Jeune Professionnel visa through their website, in the end I was issued a Jeune Professionnel Visa.

    Try to channel your inner peace and all the best to anyone who is going through the shitty process!

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  3. #2
    Avatar de LaurieM16

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    Thanks for sharing, Lucky!

    I'm Canadian too and have just applied for the Jeune Professionnel visa and received it today.

    I guess I had the same situation while filling up the forms about the wording of the visa title, but I just went with what seemed logical to my situation (I'm there to work for more than 6 months). I also filled it in French, so it might have been more obvious.

    My own struggle was with the CDI versus CDD - It is not written anywhere on the France Visa or Embassy website that a Jeune Professionnel visa is only issued with a CDD from the employer. My employed had offered me a CDI. So I had to take my application back home and resubmitted it once my employer changed the category of work contract in the CERFA and hiring letter.

    In the French language FAQ, it is stated that a Jeune Professionnel Visa doesn't require a work contract under the DIRECCTE. It would be the case if you applied for a regular worker's visa, though. Is this information missing in the English version?

    Anyhow, what bugs me at the moment is, I got my visa and my passport back but apparently I need the CERFA stamped by the Embassy to me able to confirm my status once in France. How did that work for you? Did you get the CERFA back? Was it sent to your French employer by the Embassy?

    I contacted the Consulate about this, they should get back at some point. I'll post an update here since it might be useful for fellow Jeune Professionnels!

    Also, I have a few questions for you - how was the process to legitimize your visa once in France? Do you intend to stay for longer than the initial year, and if so, how will you proceed?

    Thanks a bunch!


  4. #3
    Avatar de visahunt
    H 29 ans

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    Hi, I'm in a similar situation at the moment, hoping to apply for a Jeune professionnel visa. Were you able to figure out your CERFA form? And what did you have to do once you arrived back in France?

    And could you confirm that when you went to you VFS appointment, they were OK to accept a CERFA form without DIRECCTE approval/ non-visé par DIRECCTE?

    How was the VFS appointment? Did they seem picky about the list of documents you brought/ asked for additional documents?


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