Language assistant visa

Please note:

As the application process includes taking a photo and the ten fingerprints of each applicant, it is not possible to send in a visa application via the post. This also applies to residents of Samoa and the Cook Islands.
Each applicant aged 12 years and over must travel to Wellington to apply for their visa in person.
The only exception applies to applicants of visas for African countries. Applicants for these visas are not required to apply in person at the Consulate of France.

Make an appointment

- One appointment must be made for each passport holder. Applicants will need to make an appointment during the opening hours of the Consulate of France : 9.15 am to 1.15 pm, Monday to Friday.
Applicants will not be admitted to the Consulate if they do not have an appointment.

To lodge your application, you are required to book an appointment via the online booking system, without exception. No booking will be completed at the Consular section in Wellington or by phone.
Please click here to book an appointment.
If applicants are unable to attend an appointment they should amend or cancel it.

List of documents required to apply

New Zealand passport holders and permanent residents who have been selected to take up a position as an Assistant de Langue in France, must obtain a long stay visa prior to their departure.

  • Completed and signed long stay visa application forms.
  • Completed and signed OFII form
  • One recent passport photograph,
  • Passport (valid for at least three months after return date),
  • Original Extrait de l’arrêté de nomination issued by the Rectorat and authorised by the local Préfecture (office of the DDTEFP),
  • Travel itinerary,
  • A pre-paid courier envelope with the applicant’s address provided for return of passport.
    NB: The visa is free of charge

Please note: As applications must be sent (by post) to Noumea for authorisation, applicants for New Caledonia must provide a pre-paid courier envelope for postage overseas in their application. Applications for French Polynesia are sent to Papeete for authorisation electronically. Therefore applciations for French Polynesia do not need to include a pre-paid courier envelope for postage overseas in their application.

How long will the application take to process?

- Applications for France: From the date we receive your application, we require a minimum of three weeks to process it.

- Applications for New Caledonia, French Polynesia and Wallis and Futuna: From the date we receive your application, we require a minimum of two months to process it.

- It is your responsibility to provide us with a complete application.

- If any documents are missing from your application, it is highly likely that your visa will not be granted.

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Dernière modification : 04/09/2015

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