Applying for a French visa in Canada [fr]

Visa applications submitted in Canada are processed by the French Consulates-General in Montréal, Toronto and Vancouver.

For general information and for preparing, submitting and tracking your application, log on to France-visas, the official website for visa application to France.

France-visas is a single portal with all the information you need process and help you every step of the way (preparing the application, entering details, submitting and tracking the application).

France-Canada Youth Mobility Agreement

PNG Canadian Citizens who want to benefit from the France-Canada Youth Mobility Agreement can find instructions for their France-Visas applications on the website of the Embassy of France to Canada.

Students applying for a French long-term visa to study in France

Obtaining a notice from the Cultural services of the French Embassy in Canada (SCAC notice) :

Depending on your situation and in order to get your student visa to France, you may need to provide a SCAC notice (also known as the “attestation SCAC”) during your visa appointment. Please check what situation applies to your status to see if you need to get the SCAC notice for the instruction of your visa application.

You are a Canadian citizen going to France

You are going to France as part of an inter-university exchange program, an agreement between your Canadian university and a French institution (Université, Business Schools, Grandes Ecoles etc.): You do not need the notice SCAC, you can pursue your visa request without the document.

Please note that you will need the SCAC notice for a dual Degree, joint Degree, or a Cotutelle.

You are going to France for a degree-seeking program (Bachelor, Masters, MBA, dual degree, joint degree, cotutelle etc.) : in order to apply for a long-term student visa, you need to obtain a notice from the Cultural services of the French Embassy in Canada (SCAC notice) prior to having your visa appointment at your VFS location. In order to get the notice, please fill up this questionnaire below, and send it, once completed, by email :

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Questionnaire SCAC in English
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If you are residing in Ontario (except Ottawa) or Manitoba :
- toronto@campusfrance.org ;

If you are residing in Quebec :
- montreal@campusfrance.org ;

If you are residing in Ottawa, British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Atlantic Provinces (New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland and Labrador) :
- ottawa@campusfrance.org.


You hold another citizenship (you are not a Canadian citizen, nor a E.U. citizen)

You are going to France either for a degree-seeking program (Bachelor, Masters, MBA, etc.) or as part of an inter-university exchange program between a Canadian university and a French university: in order to apply for a long-term student visa, in every cases you need to obtain a notice from the Cultural services of the French Embassy in Canada (SCAC notice) prior to having your visa appointment at your VFS location. In order to get the notice, please fill up this questionnaire below, and send it, once completed, by email :

PDF - 314.5 kb
Questionnaire SCAC in English
(PDF - 314.5 kb)

If you are residing in Ontario (except Ottawa) or Manitoba :
- toronto@campusfrance.org ;

If you are residing in Quebec :
- montreal@campusfrance.org ;

If you are residing in Ottawa, British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Atlantic Provinces (New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland and Labrador) :
- ottawa@campusfrance.org.


You hold another citizenship from a European country (member of the E.U.)

If you are a citizen (or dual citizen) of one of the European countries member of the E.U.: you do not need a visa, and you do not need the SCAC notice. You need to have a valid E.U. passeport: when you arrive in France, you may show your E.U. passeport to the border agent. For administrative purposes, please inform your French university about your dual citizenship.


Important ! If you are a Canadian citizen and are going to France for a program such as an inter-university exchange program (France-Canada Youth Mobility Agreement, visas 3A, 3B, 3C and 3D), you DO NOT need a SCAC notice.

If you are not sure of your situation regarding the SCAC notice, please email the contacts listed above, depending on your residency. Please note that we will only respond to students (or future students) residing in Canada and going to study in France.

Once you receive your SCAC notice (upon 7 working days), do not forget to print it and bring to your visa appointment.


Opening of a new French visa center in Ottawa

Since July 12, 2018, visa applicants living in the Ottawa-Gatineau region can apply for their visa through VFS, by appointment only, at:
2211 Riverside Drive, Unit 403, Ottawa, ON, K1H 7X5.

VFS Global
2211 Riverside Drive - Unit 403
Ottawa (Ontario) K1H 7X5
- Tel : 1 613 927 9266 (Monday to Friday between 9:00 am and 4:00 pm)
- Mail: Info.FranceCanada@vfsglobal.com
- Web site : http://vfsglobal.com/France/Canada/

For further information, please check the France-Visas website and contact VFS.

Further information for consular and diplomatic agents (Canadians and Foreign agents posted in Canada) : please click HERE

The main steps in applying for a visa

Do I need a visa?

PNG First, use “Visa wizard” to check, based on your situation, whether you need a visa and if so, what type. The wizard will also tell you what documents must be enclosed with your application, along with the relevant fee.

Complete your application online

PNG Once you have confirmed that you need a visa, you can complete your application on our online portal. You will be asked to create a France-Visas account, which you will need for each step of the process.

Submit your application to the visa centre

PNG Once you have completed your online application, all you have to do is submit it to your local visa centre. France-Visas will provide you with all necessary information on how and where to submit your application.

Track your visa application

PNGOnce your application has been submitted, track its progress and see how and when you can collect your passport and how to prepare for your trip to France.

N.B.

Waiting times for appointments and for processing applications will vary depending on your nationality and the time of year.

Users are therefore asked to submit their visa applications well in advance of their departure date.

Last modified on 10/08/2018

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