French Working Holiday Visa
We will provide a simple step by step guide to obtaining your French Working Holiday Visa!

Working Holiday Visa for France

If you are aged between 18 and 30 (35 for Canadians), you have the opportunity to apply for a one year working holiday visa for France.

To be eligible for a French Working Holiday Visa you must:
  • Be aged between 18 and 30 inclusive at the time of application (18 and 35 for Canadians)

  • Hold a valid Australian, Canadian or New Zealand passport

  • Not have previously participated in this program (held a work visa for France)

  • Intend to primarily holiday in France

  • Have sufficient funds to cover expenses (2,100 Euros or equivalent in foreign currency. AUD$5,000 required to apply in Sydney)

  • Have a return ticket to country of residence (you MUST have a ticket to France and a return ticket home – a one way ticket will not be accepted and a return ticket to another country such as London, England will not be accepted)

  • Have comprehensive travel insurance (Australian residents click here for 25% discount on the best working holiday maker travel insurance or 25% discount on the best ski travel insurance)

  • Have a clean criminal record


Visa Fee

The French working holiday visa fee is currently 99 Euros (free for Canadians).

How to Apply

To obtain a French working holiday visa, it is compulsory to apply at the French Consulate in your home country (Australia, Canada or New Zealand). However, it is possible for some nationalities to apply outside their home country if they have a residence permit for greater than 6 months (e.g. Australians can apply for the French Working Holiday visa in London if they hold a 2 year Youth Mobility or Ancestry Visa and are living and working in the England). Unfortunately if you are working in Canada with a Canadian Working Holiday Visa, you can’t apply at the French Consulate in Canada and must return to your home country to apply).

  • For Australians, you must attend an appointment in Sydney.

  • For New Zealanders, you must attend an appointment in Wellington. New Zealand passport holders cannot apply in Australia.

  • For Australians living in the UK, you must attend an appointment in London or Edinburgh.

  • For Canadians, depending on the province in which you reside, you must post your application to the French Consulate in Toronto, Montreal or Vancouver.

You can’t apply at a French Embassy or French Consulate in any other cities.

It takes time to get the necessary documents together and book an appointment to apply for a working holiday visa for France. It is recommended that you start the process at least 3 months before your expected departure for France. In Canada and Australia applications can’t be made more than 3 months before the intended arrival into France. In New Zealand, applications can’t be made more than 6 months before intended arrival into France.

If accepted onto a Ski Jobs France program (Ski Jobs France, Bar Jobs France or Work France), we will provide step by step assistance to apply for the French working holiday visa.

NOTE: Appointments to apply for a Working Holiday Visa for France at the French Consulate in Sydney are normally released 2 months in advance. Depending on the time of year, appointments can fill very quickly. Sometimes the Consulate releases a small amount of appointments 1-2 weeks in advance, however this can not be guaranteed.

Processing time

The French Consulates in Sydney and London advise there is a minimum of 2 weeks processing time for a complete working holiday visa application for France. Most visa applications are processed within 2-3 weeks. In Canada, depending on location the processing times are normally 2-3 weeks. In Sydney, London and Canada, we strongly recommend to allow at least one month as processing times can vary, especially during peak periods.

In Wellington, a complete working holiday visa application for France can sometimes be issued the same day.

Questions & Assistance

If you have any queries or concerns about the working holiday visa for France, we are happy to answer any questions, or the Work France Starter Program can help you with the application process. We look forward to helping you start the trip of a lifetime to live, work and travel in France!

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