Work visa for New Caledonia and French Polynesia
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.
If applicants are unable to attend an appointment they should amend or cancel it.
Who requires this visa?
If you wish to work in New Caledonia or French Polynesia, you require a work visa.
List of documents required to apply:
Your employer should forward a copy of your work contract to the Immigration Office in Noumea (New Caledonia) or Papeete (French Polynesia). Then, a work visa can be granted by the Consulate of France in Wellington.
- Completed and signed application form.
- Passport (valid for at least three months after you return date) + one photocopy,
- Two copies of your work contract,
- A copy of your criminal record to be obtained from the Ministry of Justice,
- Medical certificate issued to you by one of our registered doctors in New Zealand,
- Travel itinerary or booked flights,
- A pre-paid courier envelope for with the applicant’s address provided for return of passport,
- Long stay visa fees. Please click here for the latest visa fees. Please note that visa fees must be paid in cash.
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, applications 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?
As applications must be sent to Noumea (New Caledonia) and/or Papeete (French Polynesia) for authorisation, we require a minimum two to three months to process these.
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.
Any enquiries regarding employment options should be sent directly to L’office de la main d’œuvre:
New Caledonia: Rue Gallieni, BP 497, Noumea
French Polynesia: Rue du Général de Gaulle, BP 308, Papeete
Any enquiries regarding customs regulations should be sent directly to Services des Douanes:
New Caledonia: BP 13, Noumea
French Polynesia: BP 9006, Motu Uta, Papeete