Working holiday visa

With the working holiday visa, citizens from New Zealand, Australia, Canada and Colombia can enjoy a one year working holiday in France.

This is a multiple-entry non-extendable visa. It is valid for 12 months. It may be obtained up to three months prior to entry 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.

Participants are not eligible to receive any unemployment or social welfare benefits while in France.

Holidaymaking in France must be the main purpose of the stay. The working holiday visa cannot be issued for any other purpose (e.g. joining your partner in France, studying, working as an Au Pair, finding long-term employment or obtaining a rugby contract).

The status of the working holiday visa cannot be changed during the stay.

This visa agreement does not apply to New Caledonia, French Polynesia or for any of the French Overseas Territories.

For New Zealanders

You can apply at the French Embassy in Wellington if:

1. You are a citizen of New Zealand
2. You are aged 18 to 30 the day of your application appointment
3. You haven’t already applied for this type of visa
4. You want to travel and work in France
5. You are in good health
6. You have no dependent children or relatives
7. You have enough money to support yourself while in France

Documents you’ll need

Note that the Visa Section will not make any photocopies for you.

1. Passport valid for at least three months after your return date

2. Photocopies of the photo page of your passport + previous Schengen visas

3. Completed and signed long stay application form (pdf, 37.2kb) with one recent passport photograph

4. Completed and signed English return declaration (doc, 34kb)

5. Proof of financial stability (bank statement, property ownership). A minimum of 2500 Euros is required.

6. A letter in English explaining why you wish to go to France

7. Proof of subscription of insurance for one year covering health care (including hospitalization and repatriation).

Note that it is very important to take out an insurance policy which covers you for your entire stay in France as you may not be eligible for the French social security system.

8. Copy of your travel itinerary or booked flights – we need to see your date of arrival in France

9. A pre-paid and trackable return envelope with your address in New Zealand

10. The long stay visas fees (.xlsx, 32kb) in cash

Lodging your application

- You’ll need to book an appointment at the Consulate in Wellington via the online booking system. New Zealanders can apply only at this consulate.
- Appointments for a Working Holiday Visa must be made at least three weeks before you leave.
- One appointment must be made for each passport holder.
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 via the online booking system.

For Australians

You can apply at the French Embassy in Wellington if:

1. You are a citizen of Australia residing in New Zealand at the time of your application
2. You are 18 to 30 of age when you apply for your visa
3. You haven’t already applied for this type of visa
4. You want to travel and work in France
5. You are in good health
6. You have no dependent children or relatives
7. You have enough money to support yourself while in France

Documents you’ll need

Note that the Visa Section will not make any photocopies for you.

1. Passport valid for at least three months after your return date

2. Photocopies of the photo page of your passport + previous Schengen visas

3. Proof of your residence in New Zealand

4. Completed and signed long stay application form (pdf, 37.2kb) with one recent passport photograph

5. Completed and signed English return declaration (doc, 34kb)

6. Proof of financial stability (bank statement, property ownership). A minimum of 2500 Euros is required.

7. A letter in English explaining why you wish to go to France

8. Proof of subscription of insurance for one year covering health care (including hospitalization and repatriation).

Note that it is very important to take out an insurance policy which covers you for your entire stay in France as you may not be eligible for the French social security system.

9. Copy of your travel itinerary or booked flights – we need to see your date of arrival in France

10. A pre-paid and track able return envelope with your address in New Zealand

11. The long stay visas fees (.xlsx, 32kb) in cash

Lodging your application

- You’ll need to book an appointment at the Consulate in Wellington via the online booking system.
- Appointments for a Working Holiday Visa must be made at least three weeks before you leave.
- One appointment must be made for each passport holder.
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 via the online booking system.

For Canadians

You can apply at the French Embassy in Wellington if

1. You are a citizen of Canada residing in New Zealand at the time of your application
2. You are 18 to 35 of age when you apply for your visa
3. You haven’t already applied for this type of visa
4. You want to travel and work in France
5. You are in good health
6. You have no dependent children or relatives
7. You have enough money to support yourself while in France

Documents you’ll need

Note that the Visa Section will not make any photocopies for you.

We strongly advise you to download the 3B Visa application Kit available on the website of the French Embassy of Montreal and have all documents listed ready before your interview

1. Passport valid for at least six months after your return date

2. Photocopies of the photo page of your passport + previous Schengen visas

3. Completed and signed long stay application form (pdf, 37.2kb) with one recent passport photograph

4. Completed and signed English return declaration (doc, 34kb)

5. Proof of financial stability (bank statement, property ownership). A minimum of 2500euros is required.

6. A letter in English explaining why you wish to go to France

7. Proof of subscription of insurance for one year covering health care (including hospitalization and repatriation).
Note that it is very important to take out an insurance policy which covers you for your entire stay in France as you may not be eligible for the French social security system.

8. Copy of your travel itinerary or booked flights – we need to see your date of arrival in France

9. A pre-paid and track able return envelope with your address in New Zealand

10. The long stay visas fees (.xlsx, 32kb) in cash

Lodging your application

- You’ll need to book an appointment at the Consulate in Wellington via the online booking system.
- Appointments for a Working Holiday Visa must be made at least three weeks before you leave.
- One appointment must be made for each passport holder.
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 via the online booking system.

For Colombians

You can apply at the French Embassy in Wellington if:

1. You are a citizen of Colombia residing in New Zealand at the time of your application
2. You are 18 to 30 of age when you apply for your visa
3. You haven’t already applied for this type of visa
4. You want to travel and work in France
5. You are in good health
6. You have no dependent children or relatives
7. You have enough money to support yourself while in France
8. You have no criminal record

Documents you’ll need

Note that the Visa Section will not make any photocopies for you.

For more information (in Spanish) visit the website of the French Embassy in Columbia

1. Passport valid for at least six months after your return date

2. Photocopies of the photo page of your passport + previous Schengen visas if any

3. Proof of your residence in New Zealand (rent agreement, work contract, NZ visas)

4. Completed and signed long stay application form (pdf, 37.2kb) with one recent passport photograph

5. Completed and signed English return declaration (doc, 34kb)

6. Proof of financial stability (bank statement, property ownership, bank statement of the person supporting the applicant). A minimum of 2500 Euros is required.

7. A letter in English explaining why you wish to go to France

8. A copy of Colombian and New Zealand criminal records

9. Proof of subscription of insurance for one year covering health care (including hospitalization and repatriation).
Note that it is very important to take out an insurance policy which covers you for your entire stay in France as you may not be eligible for the French social security system.

10. A medical certificate established by a GP in New Zealand

11. Copy of your travel itinerary or booked flights – we need to see your date of arrival in France

12. A pre-paid and track able return envelope with your address in New Zealand

13. The long stay visas fees (.xlsx, 32kb) in cash

Note that for Colombians there is a quota of 300 applicants per year

Lodging your application

- You’ll need to book an appointment at the Consulate in Wellington via the online booking system.
- Appointments for a Working Holiday Visa must be made at least three weeks before you leave.
- One appointment must be made for each passport holder.
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 via the online booking system.

- 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.

For successful applicants: What you’ll need to know on arrival in France

Facts and figures about the working holiday programme

The intergovernmental agreement setting up a working holiday programme between France and New Zealand was signed in Paris on June 2 1999, and entered into force on April 6 2000.

Facts and figures about the working holiday programme
France has put in place working holiday programmes with the following countries or territories

Japan
Canada
Australia
South Korea
Argentina
Russia
Hong Kong
Brazil (not yet in force)
Colombia
Chile
Uruguay
Taiwan
Mexico

New Zealand has concluded working holiday agreements with the following countries or territories:

Argentina
Austria
Belgium
Brazil
Canada
Chile
China
South Korea
Croatia
Denmark
Spain
Estonia
Finland
France
Germany
Hong Kong
Hungary
Ireland
Israel

Italy
Japan
Latvia
Lithuania
Luxemburg
Malaysia
Malta
Mexico
Netherlands
Norway
Peru
Philippines
Poland
Czech Republic
Singapore
Slovakia
Slovenia
Sweden
Taiwan
Thailand
Turkey
United Kingdom
United States of America
Uruguay
Vietnam

France-> New Zealand statistics

2011 : 3 201
2012 : 3 940
2013 : 3 769
2014 : 4 892
2015 : 8 675
2016 : 7 864
New Zealand -> France statistics

2011 : 168
2012 : 202
2013 : 163
2014 : 190
2015 : 188
2016 : 173

Dernière modification : 29/06/2017

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