Association volunteers [fr]

Presentation

Applicants holding a voluntary service contract must request a long-term visa to carry out a voluntary service mission for social and humanitarian reasons in Metropolitan France or in a DOM (French Overseas Department) on behalf of a foundation or association approved by the Prefectorial Authority.

The visa cannot be issued in France.

Do not make an appointment with Visa Services until you have received a notice to attend from the Consulate.

Documents to be provided

Please provide both the original and 2 copies of the documents. All the documents must be submitted in the order below.

The visa section will give you back the original documents.

Document or photocopy missing = incomplete file = high risk of visa refusal.

  • A letter outlining the reasons for your application;
  • Three identification photos, in colour, recent (less than three months), original, in 35 mm X 45 mm format with a clear and uniform background. Two photos must be affixed to each form and the third added to the file;
  • Original passport (and copy of your passport’s identification page). The passport must be valid for at least 3 months beyond the end of the stay in France;
  • Refugees : RefugeeTravel Document issued in accordance with the 1951 Geneva Convention;
    • Canadian residents with refugees status, even if they have a permanent resident card, must be in possession of this document and present themselves at the consulate at least one month before their travel date.
  • Non Canadian citizens : evidence of your regular status in Canada ;
    • a permanent resident card (photocopy must be recto-verso),
      • IMM 1000 not accepted.
    • or a study permit along with a valid Canadian visa (to ensure the return to Canada),
    • or a work permit along with a valid Canadian visa,
    • or a Canadian visitor’s visa if the holder prove residence over three consecutive months in Canada.
  • A voluntary service contract establishing the relationship between the applicant and a certified association or foundation. This contract must contain: a description of the voluntary service mission; its length; the arrangements for the preparation of the mission; the holiday schedule; a declaration by the association or the foundation of its willingness to take responsibility for the volunteer;
  • The certification decision regarding the association or the foundation. The certification decision is published in the Department’s record of administrative acts when issued by the prefect and in the Official Journal when issued by the minister;
  • An undertaking to leave French territory at the end of the contract.

Attention

The Consulate reserves the right to require additional supporting evidence.

Filing the documents does not systematically guarantee issuance of a visa. You should not leave your present job, sell your property or commit yourself in any way before receiving your visa.

Fees and timeframes

Application fees (non-refundable): the value of €99 in Canadian currency for long stays, the value of €60 in Canadian currency for short stays; payable only by debit card, cash or money orders (exact amount) payable to “consulat de France à Montréal”.

The timeframe for issuing a visa depends on your nationality, even if you are a permanent resident of Canada. Processing time for certain applications is approximately 15 days.

Please consult the following link regarding the Application Processing Time for your information : “Timeframes”.

Appointments

Attention, you must schedule an appointment in order to submit your application on the Consulate’s website : "Rendez-vous" (in the "Prendre rendez-vous" tab).

Only those persons in possession of the notice to attend will be admitted to the Consulate offices. For security reasons, please be on time;

Before attending, please make sure to bring all the documents indicated on the Consulate Web site that are required to issue the requested visa.

You must submit all original documents, as well as two photocopies of each document.

To avoid penalizing other applicants, if you must cancel your appointment you are strongly requested to do so via the Consulate’s website : "Rendez-vous" (in the "Revoir son rendez-vous" tab).

Dernière modification : 12/02/2016

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