Long stay visa for France
|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.|
|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.|
|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.
|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:
|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).|
|This visa is for applicants less than 18 years old who wish to study in France, without their parents (throught approved association or not).|
The minor should be accompanied at the consulate by one of his parents or the person who has legal authority over him.
|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).|
The minor should be accompanied at the consulate by one of his parents or the person who has legal athority over him.
|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).
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.
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
General information on your stay