Employee trainees [fr]


You are an employee of a company located abroad and you are traveling to France to undergo training (un stage) as part of a training program. This training is not remunerated, but you may receive gratuities. For a stay of less than 90 days, a short-stay visa is not required for canadian citizens, but is required for most of citizens from other countries.

The long-stay visa or type D visa authorizes a stay in France for a period of more than 90 days.

Foreign civil servants holding a travel order for training in France are deemed visitors.

If you are a Canadian between the ages of 18 and 35, and currently a student or a trainee, please refer to the link: Student or trainee 3B and 3C visas for Canadian citizens between the ages of 18 and 35, (Practical training within a business (3C visa) for young Canadians wishing to acquire practical training in business within the scope of their studies or professional training.)

Documents to be provided

Please provide both the original and the copy 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.

  • 1 long-term visa application form* duly completed and signed;
  • 1 identification photo, in colour, recent (less than three months), original in 35 mm X 45 mm format with clear and uniform background. Photo must be affixed to the form;
  • Your original passport (and copy of your passport’s identification page). The passport must be valid for at least 3 months beyond the end of your stay in France. The visa is validated by a self-adhesive label that will be affixed to one of the pages of the passport;
  • 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.
  • In the case of a civil servant, a Third Party Note or travel order indicating the reason and the conditions of the stay replaces all the supporting evidence required below;
  • Trainee agreement entered into between the employer in France, the company employing you in Canada and yourself, certified by the Direction générale des entreprises, de la concurrence, de la consommation, du travail et de l’emploi (DIRECCTE) (Labour, Employment and Job Training Office for the Department) of the location where your training in France will take place. (DIRECCTE) (original + photocopy);
  • Means of livelihood (originals + copies). The means of livelihood must be equal to the monthly amount of the guaranteed minimum wage, computed on the basis of the legal work week (€1,300 as at January 1st, 2009). These resources are typically derived from continued remuneration by the employer or from gratuities;
  • Evidence of accommodation;
  • Medical coverage during the entire stay in France;
  • Travel insurance covering the cost of repatriation and hospitalization for a minimum amount of C$50,000 (original + photocopy);
  • In the case of a long-term stay exceeding 3 months: Specific form OFII of which the upper part must be completed by the applicant.

* Citizens from following countries must produce 2 long-stay application forms and 2 photos : Afghanistan, Armenia, Azerbaïdjan, Belorussia, Georgia, Iran, Kazakhstan, Kirghistan, Liban, Libya, Moldavia, Ouzbekistan, Pakistan, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Tadjikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraina.


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.

To be noted in the case of long-term stay

Upon arrival in France, the person must immediately send the specific OFII form signed by the Consulate to the OFII territorial division that has jurisdiction in the Department where the person resides. The OFII will subsequently contact him or her for the compulsory medical and reception appointments. Fees for the issuance of the residency document must be paid on this occasion.

Fees and timeframes

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

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


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 having their notification 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 required for the issuance of the requested visa.

You must provide all original documents, as well as one photocopy 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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