Working holiday visa (for New Zealand, Australian and Colombian passport holders only)
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.
|You hold a passport from||New Zealand||Australia||Colombia|
|You can apply for a Working Holiday Visa for France at the French Consulate in Wellington||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|You are eligible for this visa if:|
|You are between 18 and 30 years old||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|You have not previously participated in this programme||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|You want the opportunity to holiday in France and to work to help finance the trip||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|You have a travel itinerary or proof of funds to purchase flights||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|You can show that you hold a subscription policy covering all risks related to sickness, maternity, disability
and hospitalisation for the duration of the visa (12 months)
|You provide evidence that you have financial means available to start your holiday (be sure to check the
exchange rate at the time of application to ensure that your proof of funds in NZD corresponds to the
amount given in Euros)
|Yes, €2500 minimum||Yes, €2100 minimum||Yes, €2500 minimum|
|You provide a medical certificate||N/A||N/A||Yes|
|You have no dependant children or relatives||N/A||Yes||Yes|
|You provide a copy of your criminal record(s)||N/A||N/A||Yes|
|The annual quota has not been reached||N/A||N/A||Yes (300)|
|You pay the fees for a long stay visa (.xlsx, 32kb)||Yes||Yes||N/A|
|You hold a passport from:||New Zealand||Australia||Colombia|
|Completed and signed long stay visa application form (pdf, 37.2kb).||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Completed and signed French and English agreement form (doc, 34kb)||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|One recent passport photograph||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Passport (valid for at least three months after your return date)||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Proof of financial stability, i.e. personal bank statement||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|A letter in either French or English which describes why you wish to apply for this visa||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Proof of address in New Zealand||N/A||Yes||Yes|
|Proof of subscription to insurance for one year (Working Holiday Visas are always valid for one year,
regardless of the length of stay in France)
|Copy of your travel itinerary or booked flights (this must include your date of arrival in France)||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|A pre-paid and trackable return envelope with the applicant’s address (for return of passport)||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|A medical certificate (for example a Medical Certificate form (doc, 17kb))||N/A||N/A||Yes|
|A copy of your criminal record||N/A||N/A||Yes|
|the fees for a long stay visa (.xlsx, 32kb) (must be paid in cash)||Yes||Yes||N/A|
|To work legally in France: Once you have found employment in France, you will need to apply for a temporary work permit
(Autorisation de travail provisoire) at the local Labour Department (Direction Départementale de l’Emploi et
de la Formation Professionnelle) . The work permit will be granted (immediately) for the expected length of
employment. It may be renewed but only up to the limit of the authorised length of stay (12 months).
With the working holiday visa, citizens from France, New Zealand and Australia can enjoy a year-long stay in each others countries - travelling and working.
- The multiple entry working holiday visa, valid for 12 months, can only be issued by the Visa Section of the Consulate of France in Wellington. You must book an appointment to apply for the visa in person.
- The visa may be obtained up to six months prior to entry in France.
- Once you have found employment in France, you will need to apply for a temporary work permit (Autorisation de travail provisoire) at the local Labour Department (Direction Départementale de l’Emploi et de la Formation Professionnelle). The work permit will be granted (immediately) for the expected length of employment. It may be renewed but only up to the limit of the authorised length of stay (12 months).
- Participants are not eligible to receive any unemployment or social welfare benefits while in France.
- Holidaymaking in France should be the main purpose of the stay. The working holiday visa is not intended for any other purpose such as: joining your partner/fiancé in France, studying, working as an Au Pair, finding long-term employment or obtaining a rugby contract without following the OFII procedure.
- The visa is granted for 12 months from your date of arrival in France, regardless of the amount of time spent outside of France during this period. This visa will not be extended for over 12 months. Additionally, the status of the working holiday visa cannot be changed during the stay.
- Applicants should note that this visa agreement does not apply to New Caledonia, French Polynesia or for any of the French Overseas Territories.
- Please note that in certain cases, for administrative reasons, you may also be asked to provide us with your former passport.
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.
All appointments for a Working Holiday Visa must be made at least three weeks prior to departure.
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.
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.
|France has put in place working holiday programmes with the following countries or territories
|New Zealand has concluded working holiday agreements with the following countries or territories:
|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
For young New Zealanders going to France
|Visa category||Visa de Long séjour temporaire (temporary long-stay visa), also known as a ‘Visa vacances-travail’ (working holiday visa)|
|Programme objectives||To allow young people to learn about the French culture and lifestyle, in the context of a one year stay primarily for travel pruposes. |
During this stay, undertaking professional activity in an incidental manner is permitted.
|Maximum number of recipients per annum||1000|
|General conditions||- your primary intention is to holiday in France|
- you have not previously taken part in the working holiday programme
- you are aged between 18 and 30 at the time of lodging your visa request
- you have a valid passport
- you have sufficient financial resources (at least €2500), or equivalent guarantees to support your needs at the start of the stay
- you have a return ticket, or a ticket into a country in which your admission is guaranteed, or sufficient resources to buy such tickets
- you have proof of medical insurance covering all risks linked to illness – maternity – invalidity and hospitalisation in France for the dauration of your intended stay
|Processing time||5 to 10 working days|
|Physical form||The temporary long-stay visa is a sticker which is stuck inside the recipient’s passport|
|Duration||Valid for 12 months. The start and end dates are those which feature on the sticker.|
|Having this visa allows you to||- travel in all départements of the French Republic|
leave and return to France an unlimited number of times during the specified 12 month period.
|Can I get an extension on this visa?||No|
|Can I request a second working holiday visa?||No|
|Conditions and restrictions on labour market participation||Conditions|
Work must be incidental to travel and tourism, which must be your primary motivation.
Once New Zealanders with a working holiday visa find a job in France, the French authorities provide them with an autorisation provisoire de travail (provisional work autorisation) for the expected length of the job.
The requirement for working holiday visa recipients to hold a provisional work authorization in order to work in France will soon be eliminated by the signing of an agreement between France and New Zealand of a modification to the working holiday visa agreement through an Exchange of Letters.
|To request a working holiday visa for France||Send your request to the Embassy of France in Wellington, following the instructions in the sections above.|