Franco-Canadian Agreement
Last updated
August 17 2015

The youth mobility agreement dated 14 March 2013 is intended for Canadian citizens wishing to stay in France in order to acquire work experience, to follow a supplementary university training course, to follow a work internship in a business or for a tourist discovery stay falling into the “working holiday” category.

Beneficiaries

Canadian citizens aged from 18 to 35 who come to France in order to:

     - work as a “young worker” in a business in France
     - follow an additional university course in France as a “student
     - follow a practical internship in a business related to their studies or training
     - to take part in a “working holiday
 

 

Categories not affected

Citizens of any other nationality.

Conditions for issue

Young workers:

 
The job situation is not relevant. Waiver of visa from the DIRECCTERegional directorate for companies, competition, consumption, work and employment.
Signature of a labour contract with a business in France.
Evidence of a degree, of a training certificate or work experience of at least 12 months over the 3 preceding years and if necessary an authorization to practice or recognition of a professional qualification.
 
Students:
Hold a Canadian student card and a letter of acceptance from the home institution and the institution in France.

Interns:
Existence of a tripartite internship agreement between the intern, the training or educational institution abroad and the host business in France.

Working holidays:
Application form for a tourist and cultural stay known as a “working holiday”.
     
Length of residence in France :
- 12 months for “young worker” and “working holiday” categories, renewable up to 24 months;
- 12 months maximum for “student” and “internship” categories.
     
Minimum financial resources: Young Canadians must be able to prove that they have a minimum of 2500 € for meeting their expenses at the beginning of residence.

Exception(s)

n.a

Conditions for issue

n.a

Permit issued to the worker

For young workers: Long stay visa doubling as a residence permit (VLS-TSLong Stay Visa equivalent to a Residence Permit) stamped “temporary employee“ for the first year (see the VLS-TS sheet). Validity of the  VLS-TSLong Stay Visa equivalent to a Residence Permit is limited to the duration of the labour contract. No requirement for the CAIReception and integration contract. Temporary residence permit stamped “temporary worker” on renewal. Total length of validity may not exceed 24 months.

For students: Long stay visa doubling as a residence permit (VLS-TSLong Stay Visa equivalent to a Residence Permit) stamped “student“ for the first year (see the VLS-TS sheet). Validity of the  VLS-TSLong Stay Visa equivalent to a Residence Permit is limited to the duration of the training in France which may not exceed 12 months. No requirement for the CAIReception and integration contract.

For interns: Long stay visa doubling as a residence permit (VLS-TSLong Stay Visa equivalent to a Residence Permit) stamped “intern“ for the first year (see the VLS-TS sheet). Validity of the  VLS-TSLong Stay Visa equivalent to a Residence Permit is limited to the validity period of the internship agreement in France which may not exceed 12 months. No requirement for the CAIReception and integration contract.
For “working holiday” residence: Temporary long stay visa (VLS-T) stamped “working holiday” “temporary waiver of residence card”. Total duration of residency may not exceed 24 months. No requirement for the CAIReception and integration contract.

Permit issued to the family

n.a

Procedure to follow

  • First issue

    Application elements

    In all cases:

    • Passport with photocopy of first six pages.
    • Canadian passport whose expiry date is more than 6 months later than the end of the planned residence in France.
    • Application form for long stay visa
    • Two identity photos
    • Proof of sufficient financial resources for residence in France and purchase of a return ticket
    • Application form for OFIIFrench Office of Immigration and Integration confirmation for validation of the VLS-TSLong Stay Visa equivalent to a Residence Permit

    For young workers:

    • Simplified application file
    • Curriculum Vitae
    • Photocopies of degrees, training course certificates, proof of professional or work qualifications
    • Labour contract (CERFACentre for the Registration and Revision of Administrative Forms N° 15187*01 folio sheets 1 and 2 - schedule obligatory) or a declaration by the Canadian Ministry for War Veterans for young Canadians visiting Vimy or Juno Beach
    • Authorization to practice in the case of a regulated profession.

    For students:

    • Student card issued by the home institution
    • Letter of acceptance from the home institution and the institution in France.

    For interns:

    • Student card or proof of registration in a training institution
    • Tripartite internship agreement in two copies between the educational institution, the company and the intern;

    For “working holiday” residence:

    • Application form for a tourist and cultural stay known as a “working holiday”.

    Potential additional documents

    n/a

    Application submission

    French Consulate in the place of residence of the young Canadian citizen.

    Application evaluation

    Applications for a meeting for depositing the dossier and requesting a visa are made by Internet on the web site of the relevant French Consulate. 

    Issuance of a visa is not subject to chancellery fees.

    The young worker and the intern may work from their arrival in France, provided with his or her VLS-TSLong Stay Visa equivalent to a Residence Permit. No visa from DIRECCTERegional directorate for companies, competition, consumption, work and employment required.

    Medical examination

    The obligatory medical examination is organized by the OFIIFrench Office of Immigration and Integration, which will issue an invitation to attend within 3 months from the arrival of the young Canadian in France with the exception of “working holiday” stays for which a medical examination is not required.

    The DTRegional Office of the OFIIFrench Office of Immigration and Integration will then certify on the passport of the interested party the completion of all the formalities required for a long stay visa enabling residence in France (see the VLS-TS sheet).

    Issuance of the residence permit

    The Consulate for the VLS-TSLong Stay Visa equivalent to a Residence Permit or the VLS-T.

    Prefecture in the place of residence if renewing or prolongation of residency.

  • Renewal

    Application elements

    Renewal in the same category, maximum accumulated duration of authorized stays under the terms of this agreement is:

    • 24 months for "young worker” and/or “working holiday” categories
    • 12 months for “student” and/or “intern” categories.

    Canadian citizens may stay on a number of occasions in several categories, either by prolonging their residence in France or by returning to France after having gone back to Canada once they have fulfilled all the conditions, in particular those appertaining to age, and provided that they have not used up the maximum residence authorized by this agreement.

    Prolongation of residence in a different category:
    - Following an initial residence as a “student” beneficiaries may request a prolongation of residency:

    • As an “intern” for up to 12 months
    • As a “young worker” for up to 24 months
    • Under the category of “working holiday” for up to 24 months

    - Following an initial residence as a “young worker” or under the category of a “working holiday” lasting 12 months, beneficiaries may request a prolongation of residency:

    • As a “young worker” for up to 12 months
    • Under the category of “working holiday” for up to 12 months

    Composition of dossier

    Same as that for an initial request with the exception of documents required for applying for a long stay visa.

    Potential additional documents

    n.a

    Application submission

    Prefecture for the place of residence, 2 months prior to expiry of the VLS-TSLong Stay Visa equivalent to a Residence Permit or VLS-T

    For Canadian young workers and interns, waiver of visa from the DIRECCTERegional directorate for companies, competition, consumption, work and employment.

    Application evaluation

    Prefecture.

    Issuance of the residence permit

    The Prefecture will issue the temporary residence permit stamped with the category for which the young Canadian has applied for the residence permit.

Taxes to pay

  • Taxes due by the employer

    For interns with an internship agreement: None.
    For young workers: 72 €

  • Taxes due by the foreign national for issuance

    For young workers: Exonerated
    For students and interns: Exonerated
    For “working holiday” residence: Exonerated

  • Taxes due by the foreign national for renewal

    For young workers: 87 €

    For students: 30 €

    For interns: 58 €

    For “working holiday” residence: Exonerated

  • Taxes due by family member

     

Reference documents

 

The Official Journal (JORF), CESEDA may be consulted at the www.legifrance.gouv.fr web-site