France Working Holiday Visa

Tourists who wish to explore France while still earning money may choose a working holiday visa if they want to stay in the country longer than 3 months.

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    What Is a Working Holiday Visa in France?

    The working holiday visa in France is a long-stay visa. It is available to young travelers who are citizens of 16 countries with whom France has a “Vacances-travail” (Working Holiday) bilateral agreement.

    France requires applicants to be 18 to 30, excluding Argentina, Australia, and Canada, where the maximum age is 35.

    This visa allows you to explore France and absorb the country’s traditions and customs while working temporarily and earning money for one year. The visa appointment duration can only be extended to the entire period of one year unless otherwise specified. However, some visitors choose to stay for the whole period or a few months.

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    The Benefits of a Working Holiday Visa in France

    France is one of the world’s most popular tourist destinations. There are several benefits of a working holiday visa. Some of them are listed below.

    International Job Offer and Personal Growth

    France has one of the world’s most significant economies, with expertise in various industries ranging from handicrafts to high-tech, fashion-rich media, gastronomy, and agriculture.

    Among the well-known French companies are Danone, Louis Vuitton, Chanel, Dior, Renault, Dassault, and many others.

    Working in France allows you to encounter new environments, undertake paid employment, and learn the French language.

    Visa-Free Access to the Schengen Area

    The long-stay visa is similar to a Schengen visa throughout its validity period. You can travel throughout and reside in other Schengen countries besides France for periods not exceeding 90 days in any 180 days, subject to the same restrictions as if you held a Schengen visa.

    The Schengen Area includes France’s European territory. Citizens of the European Union, Switzerland, the European Economic Area, Andorra, Monaco, San Marino, and the Vatican do not need a visa to enter France’s European territory for a period of up to 90 days and one year for a ‘vacances travail’ visa.

    Access to French Sites, Food, and Attractions for a Year

    France is well known for its exceptional food. UNESCO classified the ‘gastronomic meal of the French’ on its List of representatives of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity in 2010. This judgement shows the high quality of French food.

    France has 49 World Heritage Sites on the UNESCO list as of 2023. It is one of the world’s most popular tourist destinations and is recognised for its numerous architectural and historical landmarks.

    If you visit France on a Working Holiday visa, you can tour the nation for up to one year while earning money to fund your travels. You will have access to all of France’s sites and attractions and will be able to experience what it is like to live in France for a time longer than the standard three months.

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      France Working Holiday Visa Criteria

      Only nationals of the 16 countries with whom France signed the “Vacances-travail” (working holiday) agreement are eligible for a working holiday visa. These countries are:

      1. Argentina
      2. Australia
      3. Brazil
      4. Canada (youth mobility agreement)
      5. Chile
      6. Colombia
      7. Ecuador
      8. South Korea
      9. Hong Kong
      10. Japan
      11. Mexico
      12. Peru
      13. New Zealand
      14. Russia
      15. Taiwan
      16. Uruguay.

      In addition to the above, the following requirements apply:

      • You should be between 18 and 30 years old (35 years for Australia, Canada, and Argentina) as of the date of application.
      • Your primary objective must be to explore French culture.
      • Cash to cover your stay. Currently, the minimum amount of resources specified for every country is:
        • Argentina – €2,500
        • Australia – 5,000 AUD
        • Brazil – €2,500
        • Canada – 2,500 CAD
        • Chile – €2,500
        • Colombia – €2,500
        • South Korea – €2,500
        • Ecuador – €2,500
        • Hong Kong – 25,000 HKD
        • Japan – €3,100
        • Mexico – €2,500
        • New Zealand – €2,500
        • Peru – €2,500
        • Taiwan – €2,100
        • Uruguay – €2500

      Individuals who previously participated in the working holiday programme are ineligible to apply except for nationals of a few countries (including Canada).

      Necessary Document for a Working Holiday Visa Application

      The first step in the working holiday visa application is to gather the required documents. Keep in mind that you have to provide all relevant documents.

      Our Total Law lawyers will guide you through the documents you need to apply for a france working holiday visa. An additional document may be required, depending on the applicant’s nationality.

      Before you begin, you should have the following items:

      • Your valid passport. It should have been granted ten years before your request and be valid for at least three months after your expected stay in France.
      • A recent photograph of your face that aligns with French visa specifications. Check the France-visas website for passport specifications.
      • Proof of adequate financial means. The proof could be a bank statement or a job appointment letter. Also, evidence of visa payment is required.
      • Completed application form. Fill out the French Long-Stay Visa Application Form. The information you provide should be accurate and truthful.
      • Health insurance and medical certificate. Proof of French health insurance covering all health-related expenses. Also, you will require a medical certification from a general practitioner in your country.
      • Evidence of a clean criminal record. It is necessary to be truthful to avoid visa denial.
      • Another important document you must give is verification of where you will reside in France. You should state the address or provide evidence of a hotel reservation.
      • Please provide copies of expired visas if you have ever had a visa to any nation.
      • A cover letter or curriculum vitae, if applicable.

      Arrival in France

      When you arrive in France, you must submit supporting documents to the Border Police. These include:

      • A passport issued within the last ten years and valid for at least three months after the intended travel date.
      • Proof of accommodation for the entire period of the stay (validated hotel reservation or certificate of staying with a relative).
      • Enough financial resources. The means of sustenance should be determined considering the duration and purpose of the visit and the average prices for housing and food in the Member States.
      • Your return ticket or the financial wherewithal to get one by the return date.
      • Documents showing your reason for travel or the traveller’s capacity are required.

      The entry port’s border agent(s) will decide whether you can enter.

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      How to Apply for a France Working Holiday Visa

      1. Determine Your Eligibility Status

      The first stage in applying for a working holiday visa is determining eligibility. Check that you meet the requirements listed above. Also, note that each consulate may have its requirements.

      Consult the websites of the French embassies/consulates in your country to learn about the requirements for getting a working holiday visa in your country. If you are unsure of your eligibility and need advice, our Total Law Lawyers can counsel you. contact Total Law at +1 844 290 6312.

      2. Submit Your Online Application

      The next stage is to start your application process online. Create an account on the France-visas government page.

      After this, please book an appointment online with the visa application centre in your country, except for Australian, Canadian, and Colombian nationals residing abroad, who may apply to the French consular service in their country of residence.

      France usually partners with Capago Visa Application Center, VFS or TLScontact. You can check the France-visas website for information on visa application centres in your country.

      3. Interview

      Applicants may be required to visit the French consulate for a visa interview. Being punctual to your interview visa appointment is advisable to ensure you get it. In addition, you should go with your original documents.

      A consular official will ask you a few questions about your situation, why you filed for this visa, and why you want to visit France under this programme. The consular official will also collect your biometric information and passport to get your visa decision.

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        How Much Does a Working Holiday Visa Cost?

        Anyone seeking a visa must fund the administrative fees. For a working holiday visa, the total rate is 99 euros. You can pay the visa fee in your local currency at the French visa centre in your country.

        Even if your application is refused or withdrawn, the French government will not reimburse your visa application money.

        You must also pay the visa centre service fee to book an appointment for a visa interview. You can pay the visa service fee online. You will submit a valid proof of payment during the visa interview. It is necessary to keep the evidence of payment.

        You can check the website of the visa centre in your country to know their service fee.

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        Application Processing Time of the Working Holiday Visa

        Visa processing periods vary according to the applicant’s nationality, the purpose of the stay, and the local visa-issuing circumstances. You can apply for a visa six months before departure.

        For a working holiday visa, prepare to wait at least two months between filing your application and receiving your data.

        Generally, the visa application centre processes your visa applications within 15 days.

        However, in exceptional circumstances, the visa application centre might extend the period to 45 days.

        The total time required to process your application by the visa application centre may vary depending on the number of other applications attended or whether any further information is needed.

        While waiting for your visa decision, you can track your working holiday visa application on the france-visas website. Find out from your visa application centre in your country that your visa is ready and in the collection mode. Some visa centres use courier services to send passports to applicants.

        There will be deadlines for setting an appointment and processing your case, depending on your nation and the time of year. Applicants are encouraged to plan for their visa application procedures ahead by keeping these dates in mind in connection to their departure date.

        If you are already in France, you can engage in short-term study or training for up to six months while you process your visa.

        Renewing/Extending the France Working Holiday Visa

        France’s working holiday visa can only be extended if stipulated for that country. For example, France’s agreement with Canada enables Canadians to apply for an extension of the working holiday visa.

        One of the criteria to apply for a vacancy travail is that it is the first time you have participated in the programme.

        However, if your visa expires and you have unfinished business, contact the appropriate authorities to extend your stay on your first working holiday or vacation visa. Nonetheless, you will require residency permission from a prefecture.

        If you are in France, please contact the consulate general in the prefecture of your residence. Contact the consulate general of the French embassy if you are currently in your country of residence.

        France Residency and Work Permit for a Working Holiday Visa

        When entering France, the bearer of a working holiday visa is exempt from the arrival process of applying for a residency permit. They don’t need to apply for a resident license to remain in France for the duration of the visa.

        Except for Russian citizens, working does not require a working permit either. The visa will allow you to earn without the French Administration’s previous consent.

        What Can I Do if My Working Holiday Visa Is Refused?

        If the French consulate rejects your working holiday visa, find out why it was refused. Several factors can cause a French visa to be rejected. Some of those factors include:

        1. Inadequate Supporting Documentation

        Some French Consular Authorities teams will request extra papers if they require additional information. However, if they are not provided, or they believe the first application did not cover everything correctly, a denial will be issued by the French consulate.

        2. Incomplete Application

        You need to complete your application form so your visa will be accepted. Incomplete forms will require a repeat of the process, and the applicant must pay all fees a second time.

        3. Uncertainty About Eligibility Requirements

        Individuals must only spend time, effort, and money on applications that will be granted if the exact criteria are satisfied. Be sure that you meet the eligibility criteria.

        Please note that decisions to reject a visa must be justified in conformity with French and European Law.

        You may protest the decision within 30 days for a long-stay visa by filing an appeal with the Commission for Appeals against Visa Refusal Decisions.

        This preliminary appeal, which must be reasonable, written in French, and signed, is required before any administrative judicial appeal. Our Total Law immigration lawyers can represent our clients during a tribunal and the entire appeal process. We can also help bypass a refusal by opting for our application package for applicants.

        How Can Total Law Help?

        A working holiday visa enables you to stay longer than a typical tourist and experience what it’s like to live and work in France.

        However, securing a Working Holiday visa in France is a lengthy procedure that necessitates submitting several papers and completing several stages.

        As a result, it is advisable to work with immigration lawyers. An immigration lawyer will ensure you get the best support and guidance to maximize your chances.

        Total Law’s immigration lawyers are skilled in assisting clients in situations like these. We provide various services, including determining your eligibility, helping you gather the necessary application paperwork, crafting and submitting a high-quality application on your behalf and preparing you for your interview.

        Contact us at +1 844 290 6312 or fill out the online contact form, to learn how we can help you get a French working holiday visa.

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                  Frequently Asked Questions

                  A France Working Holiday Visa cannot be obtained for other purposes, such as studying. The primary objective of a working holiday visa is to explore French culture. If you wish to learn, you can apply for other visas that suit your purpose.

                  A return visa (in France) is a form of long-stay visa granted in exceptional situations to those with proof that they hold a French residency status. This visa issuance is subject to prior approval from the appropriate police station.

                  If you are not qualified for the Working Holiday visa, for example, if you are above the age of 30 or 35, there are a variety of short and long-term French work permits visa that you may want to look into.

                  You will need to complete a new form and submit it online. There is no need to remove the application that needs corrections. Print the final version of your application form and include it with the necessary papers.

                  Yes, you can. France has a bilateral agreement with 16 countries. Consequently, French citizens can also apply for Working Holiday visas in countries and territories where France has signed a Working Holiday visa agreement.