Scientists and research assistants [fr]

Presentation

For a stay of 90 days or less, a national of Canada (or of another country for which a short-stay visa is not required) who is a researcher and who has a residency document approved by the prefecture is authorized to perform research or to teach in a French university without a visa and without having to have the Consulate sign the residency document.

A visa is required in all other cases.

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.

  • 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;
  • 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. The visa is made effective by means of a self-adhesive label 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.
  • "Hosting agreement" duly completed and certified by the hosting institution and by the prefecture;
  • Diploms and CV;

For the married spouse

  • 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;
  • 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. The visa is made effective by means of a self-adhesive label affixed to one of the pages of the passport;
  • 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.
  • Provide a marriage certificate and a birth certificate for the children, if any;

Minor children, for whom the parents are responsible, may benefit from the visitor long-stay visa procedure :

  • Two identification photos, in colour, recent (less than three months), original, in 35 mm X 45 mm format with a clear and uniform background;
  • Original passport of the child (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. Supporting evidence of the child’s legal status in Canada: permanent residency card (IMM 1000 not accepted), study or work permit. The holders of study permits must possess a temporary residence visa permitting re-entry into Canada (original + photocopy); both sides of the permanent residence card must be photocopied;
  • Provide the children’s birth certificates.

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 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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