Long stay visa for France

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Long stay visa [FAMILY] > spouse of a French citizen

Description
This visa is convenient for the spouse of a French citizen who wishes to settle in France for more than 90 days. Evidence regarding the wedding (a French marriage certificate "Copie Intégrale de l’Acte de Mariage") and information about the French citizen (identity, French nationality, residence) will be required.

Notice :



- This visa is not open to people who are in a french Civil Partnership (PACS) or any other civil union partnership as de facto. In this case, a long stay visa (visitor) should be applied for.

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Long stay visa [FAMILY] > spouse of a EU citizen

Description
The spouse and children (under 21 years old] of a EU citizen (except French) who wish to settle in France for more than 90 days do not need a long stay visa under the european laws. They just need to enter France under the short stay visa regulation and they will be allowed once in France to start the process to apply for a "carte de séjour" directly at the Prefecture. Please note that some nationalities are under the visa waiver program for short stays as Australian citizen (these nationalities won’t need any visa to enter France and they will be able to apply for a residency permit in France). Please check here whether your nationality is exempted of short stay visa or not.
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Long stay visa [PROFESSIONAL] > salaried employee / OFII

Description
This visa is convenient for applicant who wish to work in France for more than 90 days on a long stay visa.

Notice :



- A work contract duly endorsed by the DIRECCTE will be required beforehand.

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Long stay visa [PROFESSIONAL] > creating and running a business or company

Description
This visa is convenient for applicants who wish to create and run a business in France, whether it is a personal initiative or with a company.

Notice :



- The Consulate reserves the right to require additional supporting evidence. Filing the documents does not guarantee issuance of a visa. You should not make arrangements (selling property, leaving your job) or commit before your visa is granted.

- Cerfa form n° 13473*01

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Long stay visa [PROFESSIONAL] > professionals and independant workers

Description
Access to certain professions is not authorized unless you are a national from a European Union country (EU). These are lawyers at the Conseil d’Etat and the Cour de Cassation, lawyers at the court of appeal, commissaires priseurs (appraisers-auctioneers), clerks with the commerce tribunals, bailiffs, notaries, judicial administrators and insurance general agents, intellectual property counsels and registered auditors.

Others will need an authorization from the relevant professional body. These include architects, lawyers, accountants, land surveyors, doctors, dentists, midwives and veterinarians.

Others still must obtain a special authorization and are subject to certain restrictions. These include pharmacists and paramedical professionals.

Finally, some works are unregulated. They include, for example, artists who are not salaried, commercial brokers paid by commission, consultants, consulting engineers, experts, translators and interpreters, journalists, independent photographers.

Notice :



- The Consulate reserves the right to require additional supporting evidence. Filing the documents does not guarantee issuance of a visa. You should not make arrangements (selling property, leaving your job) or commit before your visa is granted.

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Long stay visa [PROFESSIONAL] > sports

Description
Sportsmen and sportswomen who wish to settle in France for a long stay will be in either following situations:
- If you are employed (receive a salary), you have to apply as a "Salaried employee (OFII)";
- if you are not employed (do not receive a salary), you have to apply as a "visitor". In this case, the sport club will have to provide guarantees regarding your stay (financial support, accomodation, insurance, transport, etc...)

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Long stay visa [PROFESSIONAL] > volunteer work

Description
This visa concerns people who want to involve themselves into a long stay visa (more than 90 days of continuous stay) to carry out social or humanitarian volunteering activities in Metropolitan France, the French Caribbean territories or Reunion Island. The process must be started through a French Foundation or Association recognised by the French authorities as being of public utility or registered charity.

Notice:
- This visa is not available for New Caledonia and French Pacific territories.

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Long stay visa [PROFESSIONAL] > international organisation

Description
This category of the long stay visa applies to applicants taking up an official assignment in France with an International organisation (OCDE, UNESCO,....).

Notice :



- Holders of official passports (Diplomatic or Service or Special) have to apply at the Embassy of France in Canberra exclusively, unless their residence is in NSW.

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Long stay visa [STUDIES] > over 18 [ALL NATIONALITIES]

Description
This visa is for students or professionals enrolled full time in a public or private educational establishment, approved by the French authorities, and endorsed by a French State Diploma. Studies must be related to the Diplomas obtained previously or your current professional occupation.

The following persons will therefore be considered as students in France:

  • Applicants pursuing academic studies at a University or High School (including within an exchange program between French and Australian universities) ;
  • Professionals on training to acquire or complete a professional qualification ;
  • French courses leading to a degree in the French language.



Applicants enrolled in a French language school or for a course of "civilisation française" at the Sorbonne or for theatre workshops or any other individual personal project, are not eligible for this category of visa and should apply for a long stay visa (visitor).

Notice :

- Application must be lodged in person at the French Consulate in Sydney;

- The validity of your visa will cover the duration of your course only with an extension of 2 weeks before and 2 weeks after.

- You must register at the OFII (unless you have been delivered a “long séjour temporaire” visa (for less than 6 months stay, mentioned on the sticker).

For any further information on studies in France, please refer to :

Campus France

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Long stay visa [STUDIES] > over 18 [ON EXCHANGE]

Description
This visa is for students participating in an exchange between an Australian and a French University only. This exchange must have been recognized by the French authorities. Other type of students must apply for long stay visa (student over 18).

Notice :



- Application must be lodged in person at the French Consulate in Sydney;

- The validity of your visa will cover the duration of your course only with an extension of 2 weeks before and 2 weeks after.

- You must register at the OFII (unless you have been delivered a “long séjour temporaire” visa (for less than 6 months stay, mentioned on the sticker).

For any further information on studies in France, please refer to :

Campus France

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Long stay visa [STUDIES] > minors (under 18)

Description
This visa is for applicants less than 18 years old who wish to study in France, without their parents (throught approved association or not).

Notice :



- Application for non-Australian minors has to be lodged in the Consulate general of France in Sydney only.

- The validity of your visa will cover the duration of your academic year only and for a maximum of 11 months finishing at the latest on july 31st.

- There is no possibility of extending the minors stay in France. If necessary, another visa will have to be applied for, in Australia.

For any further information :

Australian approved associations

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Long stay visa [STUDIES] > au pair

Description
To be eligible for this type of visa you must be between 18 and 29 years old, inclusive. This visa gives Au Pair applicants work protection in France and grant them access to the National Health Insurance (Sécurité Sociale).

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Long stay visa [STUDIES] > language assistant

Description
The visa for language assistant is aimed to single persons and not for families. (Due to the cost of living in France, the monthly paid allowance will not be sufficient to support a family abroad).

Notice :


If you decide to take your family with you be aware that:

  • the other members of your family will only be able to apply for a long stay visa (visitor) if they comply with its requirements and pay the compulsory fees;
  • the partner/spouse will not be able to apply for a Working Holiday Visa;
  • you will not be able to claim family benefits in France.



For further information on this category of visa : www.egide.asso.frand www.ofii.fr

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Long stay visa [TALENT PASSPORT] > Recently graduated student [employed as a qualified worker]

Description
General presentation:

This new visa specifically aims at attracting global talent in a very competitive environment. It facilitates the integration process in France and simplifies the procedures of foreign nationals who would like to boost France’s appeal with their energy and talent.

The talent passport is a new all-in-one residence permit, to make things clearer.
A whole range of talented people from 10 main categories (researchers, artists, employees on assignments, scientists and those whose international reputation is recognized,...) can apply for this type of visa which will allow to apply in France for a card valid for up to four years as well as the applicant’s family members.

Eligibility to the visa : recently graduated student [employed as a qualified worker]

Are eligible to this type of visa in this category : young graduates with a master’s degree or equivalent, and advanced technical degress such as a one-year degree after the BTS (two-year technical degree) or DUT (two-year university in technology), specialized master’s degree or Master of Science created by the Conférence des Grandes Ecoles.

- You must have obtained one of the following diploma in France:

  • licence professionnelle (professional license),
  • Mastère Spécialisé ou Master of Science, labellisé par la conférence des grandes écoles, (Specialized Masters or Master of Science (labeled by the Grandes Ecoles conference),
  • At least a diploma equivalent to the master,
    - You have a contract of employment of more than 3 months which provides for an annual gross income greater than or equal to € 35,526.40.




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Long stay visa [TALENT PASSPORT] > Recently graduated student [employed by an innovative company]

Description
General presentation :

This new visa specifically aims at attracting global talent in a very competitive environment. It facilitates the integration process in France and simplifies the procedures of foreign nationals who would like to boost France’s appeal with their energy and talent.

The talent passport is a new all-in-one residence permit, to make things clearer.
A whole range of talented people from 10 main categories (researchers, artists, employees on assignments, scientists and those whose international reputation is recognized,...) can apply for this type of visa which will allow to apply in France for a card valid for up to four years as well as the applicant’s family members.

Eligibility to the visa : recently graduated student [employed by an innovative company]]

Are eligible to this type of visa in this category : young graduates with a master’s degree or equivalent, and advanced technical degress such as a one-year degree after the BTS (two-year technical degree) or DUT (two-year university in technology), specialized master’s degree or Master of Science created by the Conférence des Grandes Ecoles.
- You are recruited by an innovative company
- Your duties have a direct link with the research and development project of this company
- You hold a contract of employment which provides for an annual gross income greater than or equal to € 35,526.40.


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Long stay visa [TALENT PASSPORT] > Highly skilled workers [Carte Bleue européenne]

Description
General presentation :

This new visa specifically aims at attracting global talent in a very competitive environment. It facilitates the integration process in France and simplifies the procedures of foreign nationals who would like to boost France’s appeal with their energy and talent.

The talent passport is a new all-in-one residence permit, to make things clearer.
A whole range of talented people from 10 main categories (researchers, artists, employees on assignments, scientists and those whose international reputation is recognized,...) can apply for this type of visa which will allow to apply in France for a card valid for up to four years as well as the applicant’s family members.

Eligibility to the visa : Highly skilled workers [Carte Bleue européenne]]

You can obtain a this kind of visa if you are a highly skilled worker.
- You must have :

  • A diploma granted after at least 3 years of higher education or 5 years of comparable professional experience,
  • A contract of employment of at least 1 year,
  • A gross annual income of at least € 53,836.50




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Long stay visa [TALENT PASSPORT] > Employees on assignment with a work contract in France

Description
General presentation :

This new visa specifically aims at attracting global talent in a very competitive environment. It facilitates the integration process in France and simplifies the procedures of foreign nationals who would like to boost France’s appeal with their energy and talent.

The talent passport is a new all-in-one residence permit, to make things clearer.
A whole range of talented people from 10 main categories (researchers, artists, employees on assignments, scientists and those whose international reputation is recognized,...) can apply for this type of visa which will allow to apply in France for a card valid for up to four years as well as the applicant’s family members.

Eligibility to the visa : employees on assignment with a work contract in France

You can obtain a this kind of visa if you are an employee on mission - exercise a paid activity if:
- You are an employee of a company established abroad and come to France to work as an employee in the context of mobility between offices within the same company or between companies in the same group (intragroup mobility)
- You have a seniority of at least 3 months in the group that employs you,
- You have an employment contract with the company that employs you in France,
- You receive an annual gross remuneration of at least € 31,973.76.


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Long stay visa [TALENT PASSPORT] > Researcher

Description
General presentation :

This new visa specifically aims at attracting global talent in a very competitive environment. It facilitates the integration process in France and simplifies the procedures of foreign nationals who would like to boost France’s appeal with their energy and talent.

The talent passport is a new all-in-one residence permit, to make things clearer.
A whole range of talented people from 10 main categories (researchers, artists, employees on assignments, scientists and those whose international reputation is recognized,...) can apply for this type of visa which will allow to apply in France for a card valid for up to four years as well as the applicant’s family members.

Eligibility to the visa : researcher

You can obtain a this kind of visa if you are a researcher - exercise of a salaried activity if:
- You have a diploma at least equivalent to the master,
- And you come to France to carry out research or provide university-level education,
- And you have a "convention d’accueil" (agreement) endorsed by the competent prefet (head of prefecture) signed by a public or private body with a research or higher education mission, approved for this purpose, attesting your status as a researcher as well as the purpose and the duration of your stay in France.


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Long stay visa [TALENT PASSPORT] > Business founder

Description
General presentation :

This new visa specifically aims at attracting global talent in a very competitive environment. It facilitates the integration process in France and simplifies the procedures of foreign nationals who would like to boost France’s appeal with their energy and talent.

The talent passport is a new all-in-one residence permit, to make things clearer.
A whole range of talented people from 10 main categories (researchers, artists, employees on assignments, scientists and those whose international reputation is recognized,...) can apply for this type of visa which will allow to apply in France for a card valid for up to four years as well as the applicant’s family members.

Eligibility to the visa : business founder

You can obtain a this kind of visa if you are in a business creation - authorized to carry on a commercial activity, if:
- You have a diploma at least equivalent to the master’s degree or 5 years of comparable professional experience,
- and can present a real and serious project of creation of a company (commercial, artisanal or industrial) in France.


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Long stay visa [TALENT PASSPORT] > Innovative economic project

Description
General presentation :

This new visa specifically aims at attracting global talent in a very competitive environment. It facilitates the integration process in France and simplifies the procedures of foreign nationals who would like to boost France’s appeal with their energy and talent.

The talent passport is a new all-in-one residence permit, to make things clearer.
A whole range of talented people from 10 main categories (researchers, artists, employees on assignments, scientists and those whose international reputation is recognized,...) can apply for this type of visa which will allow to apply in France for a card valid for up to four years as well as the applicant’s family members.

Eligibility to the visa : innovative economic project

You can get this kind of visa if you have an innovative economic project and if:
- You can justify your innovative economic project with supporting documention,
- This project has been recognized by a public body.


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Long stay visa [TALENT PASSPORT] > Economic investor

Description
General presentation :

This new visa specifically aims at attracting global talent in a very competitive environment. It facilitates the integration process in France and simplifies the procedures of foreign nationals who would like to boost France’s appeal with their energy and talent.

The talent passport is a new all-in-one residence permit, to make things clearer.
A whole range of talented people from 10 main categories (researchers, artists, employees on assignments, scientists and those whose international reputation is recognized,...) can apply for this type of visa which will allow to apply in France for a card valid for up to four years as well as the applicant’s family members.

Eligibility to the visa : economic investor

You can obtain this kind of visa as an economic investment - all commercial activities related to the project if you make a direct economic investment in France:
- By investing personally in a company in which you acquire a lasting interest (at least 10% of the capital) or by investing, via a company that you direct personally or in which you own at least 30% of the capital,
- Or by making (or commiting to make) an investment in tangible or intangible assets of at least € 300,000 in France.


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Long stay visa [TRAINING] > student or professionnal

Description
This visa is required for students or professionals who have to do a training period in France. They will need to obtain a "Convention de stage" from the inviting party prior to their arrival in France.

Notice :



- Holding a "Convention de stage" is a compulsory requirement, whether you are being paid or not.

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Long stay visa [RESEARCHER]

Description
This visa is required for researchers intending to enter research activities in France. They will need to obtain a "Convention d’Accueil" issued by the inviting Research Centre or University and have it approved by the local authority (Prefecture).

Notice :



- Holding a "Convention d’accueil " is a compulsory requirement, whether you are being paid or not.

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Long stay visa [WORKING HOLIDAY] > only for [AUSTRALIAN]

Description
Australia has a reciprocal "Working Holiday" maker arrangement with France since 2003. This category allows young Australians to experience French culture and lifestyle, with an extended holiday and incidental employment for 12 months (non renewable).

Please note : It is not intended for any other purpose such as joining your partner/fiancé in France, studying, be an Au Pair or finding long term employment (refer to these specific visa categories).

Eligibility :
- Be 18 to 30 years old included at the time of application;
- Be outside of France when applying and when the visa is granted;
- Must not have benefited previously from this program;
- No accompanying dependant children;
- Proof of funds required: 5000 AUD;
- Hold 1 year compulsory insurance.

Notice :
- A Temporary Work permit will not be required at the time of visa application, however it must be obtained once in France prior to taking up any form of employment.
Please contact the nearest French Labour Department (DIRECCTE) www.direccte.gouv.fr. The work permit shall be granted for the
duration of the position.

Working Holiday arrangement

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Long stay visa [RELIGIOUS ORDERS]

Description
This visa is required for members of Christian confessions only (Catholic or Protestant). Members of other religious confessions have to apply for a long stay visa (visitor).

Notice :



- A letter of invitation ("formulaire unique") has to be obtain from the appointed representative of the religious order or institute. This document has to be duly completed and signed (with an official seal).

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Long stay visa [VISITOR]

Description
The "visitor" category of the long stay visa will apply if none of the previous specific categories fits best your situation. This visa is allows applicants to take residency in France from 4 to 12 months to enjoy a French cultural experience.

Notice :



- This visa does not entitle you to work in France.

- Its validity covers France only and therefore does not allow you to travel around Europe as an extension of a Schengen visa beyond the 90 days limit.

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Dernière modification : 18/04/2017

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