Applying for a French visa in New Zealand
Visa applications submitted in New Zealand are processed by the French Consulate in Wellington (Please note that there is no visa processing office in Auckland).
For general information and for preparing, submitting and tracking your application, log on to France-visas, the official website for visa applications to France and overseas territories.
France-visas is a single portal with all the information you need process and help you every step of the way (preparing the application, entering details, submitting and tracking the application).
The embassy never requests any payment upfront. All payments will be made in person at the Embassy on the day of your appointment (by EFTPOS).
The French Embassy in New Zealand will never send you an email requesting you to process online payment(s).
You should always independently verify the source and the target url before taking any action. If you receive a suspicious communication of this nature, do not respond to it or follow any links. Forward it to firstname.lastname@example.org
Do I need a visa?
First, use “Visa wizard” to check, based on your situation, whether you need a visa and if so, what type. The wizard will also tell you what documents must be enclosed with your application, along with the relevant fee.
Complete your application online
Once you have confirmed that you need a visa, you can complete your application on our online portal. You will be asked to create a France-Visas account, which you will need for each step of the process.
Submit your application to the visa centre
Once you have completed your online application, all you have to do is submit it to your local visa centre. France-Visas will provide you with all necessary information on how and where to submit your application.
In addition to the documents requested on the France-Visas portal, please provide a photocopy of the first page of the passport and NZ visas/residency (if applicable), as well as previous Schengen visas (if any).
Track your visa application
Once your application has been submitted, track its progress and see how and when you can collect your passport and how to prepare for your trip to France.
Waiting times for appointments and for processing applications will vary depending on your nationality and the time of year.
Users are therefore asked to submit their visa applications well in advance of their departure date.
If you are applying for a Schengen visa, a visa for French Polynesia or New Caledonia as a group, you may request interview appointments on the same date and time.
Examples of groups include, but are not limited to, professional trainees, incentive tour or school groups. Large groups will be allocated appointment times over multiple days.
Note that you need to request a group appointment at least 30 days before departure. If you fail to do so, the Embassy won’t be able to organize a group appointment.
Please make sure that all applicants come with a complete application
To submit your application for a visa, you must register and submit your application on France-visas, the official website for visa applications to France and overseas territories.
Exception for Chinese passport holders willing to travel to French Polynesia: Short stay visas for Chinese passport holders
Working holiday visa (1 year)
With the working holiday visa, citizens from New Zealand, Australia, Canada and Colombia can enjoy a one year working holiday in France.If you hold this visa, you may travel to other Schengen Zone countries for up to 3 months in any 6 month period.
Please note that if you are a Australian, a Canadian or a Colombian national and are currently residing in New Zealand, you can only apply for your visa at the French Embassy in Wellington or in your country of origin. New Zealanders can only apply for a working holiday visa for France at the French Embassy in Wellington.
If you wish to apply for a work visa for France you must first obtain employment in France and have a work contract approved and signed by DIRECCTE (French Labor institution). If you hold this visa, you may travel to other Schengen Zone countries for up to 3 months in any 6 month period.
EU citizen spouse visa
If you are married to an EU citizen and your nationality is not among those listed below, you must apply for this visa.
New Zealand, Albania (biometric passport only), Andorra, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Australia, Barbados, Bermudas, Bosnia and Herzegovina (biometric passport only), Brazil, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Commonwealth of the Bahamas, Costa Rica, Dominica, East Timor, El Salvador, Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM), Grenada, Guatemala, Holy See, Honduras, Hong Kong (Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China), Israel, Japan, Kiribati, Macao (Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China), Malaysia, Marshall Islands, Mauritius, Mexico, Micronesia, Monaco, Montenegro (biometric passport only), Nicaragua, Palau, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa, San Marino, Serbia (biometric passport only), Seychelles, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan (passport bearing identity card number), Tonga, Trinidad and Tobago, Tuvalu, United States, Uruguay, Vanuatu, Venezuela.
If you are married to an EU citizen and your nationality is among those listed above (including New Zealand), you must request a carte de séjour from your local préfecture within three months of arriving in France.