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Comprehensive guide to obtaining a working holiday visa to participate in young traveller program in France, the application procedures, required documents, and FAQs

The France Working Holiday visa is a multiple-entry French long stay visa valid for 12 months that cannot be extended. It is granted to the nationals of 13 countries that participate in the France holiday program.

The main idea behind the program is to give the chance to the youngsters of these countries to come to France, learn and discover its culture, history and tourist destinations, while making money.

Who Can Apply for a French Working Holiday Visa?

The 13 countries that have signed an agreement with France for a working holiday visa are as following:

  • Australia.
  • Argentina.
  • Brazil.
  • Canada.
  • Chile.
  • Colombia.
  • South Korea.
  • Japan.
  • New Zealand.
  • Hong Kong.
  • Mexico.
  • Peru.
  • Russia.
  • Taiwan.
  • Uruguay.

If you obtain this visa, the visa sticker on your passport will read “holiday work”, and you will be unable to extend it. The French working holiday visa has a validity of 1-year maximum, and you can work with it without the need to get an authorization from French authorities in advance.

Please keep in mind that this visa agreement does not apply to New Caledonia, French Polynesia or for any of the French Overseas Territories.

You cannot get a France Working Holiday Visa for other purposes as i.e. joining your partner in France, studying, working as an AU Pair, finding long-term employment etc.

France Working Holiday Visa Eligibility

If you wish to apply for this type of visa, you must first check whether you fulfill all the requirements set by the France administration, which are as follows:

  • Have the required nationality.
  • Be between 18 and 30 years old.
  • Be between 18 and 35 years old if you are from Canada.
  • Not be accompanied to France by a dependent child.
  • you have never been part of the France working holiday programme.
  • Have a return ticket and sufficient financial means to support yourself at the beginning of your stay.
  • Have a passport that is valid beyond the date you intend to leave France.
  • Be in good health.
  • Have no criminal record.

Working Holiday Visa Application Process

If you fulfill the above-listed criteria then you can start your France working holiday visa application process, the first part of which is collecting the required documents for a French Long stay visa application. To apply for a Working Holiday Visa for France you should follow these steps:

Collect the required documents for a French working holiday visa

The first thing you have to do in order to start your Working Holiday visa application process is to collect the required documents for a France Working Holiday Visa. Remember that it is your responsibility to submit all of the required documents. In case any of the documents are missing from your application, then it is highly likely that you will not obtain the visa.

Following finding the documents you are required to submit for a French Working holiday visa:

  • Completed French Long Stay Visa Application From. The information that you submit here should be correct and honest.
  • Two French Visa Photos. You should submit two photos alongside with the other documents. They must be no older than three months and taken according to the Schengen Visa Photo Requirements.
  • Valid passport. Before you apply, check your passport for its validity and date of issuance. It must have been issued within the last 10 years and valid for a minimum of 3 months after the end of your planned stay in France. The passport must have at least two blank pages in order to be able to put the visa sticker on it.
  • Copies of older visas. If you have ever held any visa to any country in the world, submit copies of those visas.
  • Proof of purchased French Insurance. You will need to provide proof that you have medical insurance that covers any health problems that you encounter while in France.
  • Proof of accommodation in France. Another very important document that you need to submit is proof where you will be staying in France. According to the purpose of your trip, at least one of the following should be submitted:
    • Hotel or hostel reservations for the places to visit.
    • Certificate of receptionAttestation d’accueil”, issued by the person to accommodate the visa candidate, stamped by the city hall (for private visits)
    • Rental contract – “Bail de location” in France if you will be staying in a rented place.
    • Certificate of title for a property in France, if you are the owner of a house/apartment in France.
  • Proof of paid visa fee.
  • Proof of inward travel to France – confirmed ticket to France or a fully paid booking.
  • Proof of outward travel from France – which could be a ticket to your home country or booking, or if you are planning to leave to another country after France then you must show a valid residence permit to that country.
  • Means of Subsistence – you will have to show that you have the financial means to support yourself during the beginning of your stay in France (equivalent 3270 euros as a minimum). This could be a bank statement that shows the funds you have or a letter of support by a sponsor that promises to support you as well as a bank statement for their funds.
  • A letter written in either French or English that explains why you wish to go to France.
  • A letter from the authorities in applicant’s home country that shows the applicant’s criminal record.
  • A medical certificate established by a GP in your home country.

Book an appointment

You should book an appointment at the embassy or consulate in your home country through the online booking system. If applicants are unable to attend an appointment, they should amend or cancel it via the online booking system. Applicants who do not have an appointment will not be admitted to the consulate for a visa interview.

Pay French Working Holiday Visa Fee

The visa fee for a French working holiday visa the European France is EUR 99. You should pay this fee on the day of the interview. Do not forget to save the receipt that confirms you have paid the fee, since you will need it later to show it to the consular officer as a proof of the payment.

Attend the French working holiday visa interview

On the day of the interview you must be on time, waiting for your turn to attend the interview at the facilities of the embassy or consulate where you will conduct you visa interview. The interview will last around 10 to 15 minutes. You will submit the documents you have been required to gather and the consular officer will ask you a few questions regarding your case, why you have applied under this visa and why you wish to visit France through this program.

Documents you must present at France port of entry

As every foreign national that gets a French visa, a holder of a French Working Holiday Visa must carry some certain documents when showing up at the port of entry in France, in order to show their legitimacy to travel into France.

These documents are as following:

  • A valid passport holding a valid short-stay visa attached (undamaged, authentic, unmodified and not older than 10 years, with a validity minimum 3 months after the visa period).
  • Documents to attest the reason for travel into France and Schengen Area.
  • An accommodation declaration, issued by the host family member and authenticated by the mayor of the France hosting municipality, an invitation from the host organization in France, or none of them (in case of medical urgency or death of a family member in France) (for a private or family visit).
  • A reserved travel ticket to the final destination, a visa issued by the country of final destination, a document to attest the accommodation in transit, other related) (for a transit through the France airport).
  • Documents to attest the hold of the needed living money during the visit:
    • Cash.
    • Traveler’s checks.
    • Certified checks.
    • Payment cards.
    • International cards.
    • Bank statements.
  • Documents to attest the intention to return in the home land before the visa period ends.
  • Round-trip flight reservation. Could also be rail, road, boat reservation.
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