Frequently asked questions
- 1- Contacting the French Consulate General
- 2- Applying for a visa
- 2.1- Where is the Consulate General of France located?
- 2.2- Can I apply by mail? It would save a trip to Vancouver...
- 2.3- I live in Alberta/Saskatchewan. May I apply at a French Consulate in Calgary or Edmonton?
- 2.4- I live in a Northwestern State of the USA. May I apply in Vancouver?
- 2.5- Can someone else apply for me?
- 2.6- Is there an expedited process?
- 2.7- I will be travelling to France in a four-month time. Can I apply now for a visa ?
- 2.8- How much does a visa cost?
- 2.9- Where can I get what is called "Attestation d’accueil"?
- 2.10- Where should I apply if I’m travelling to several Schengen countries?
- 3- About your appointment
- 4- About your passport
- 5- Once in France
NO. The visa section can only be reached by e-mail: contact us.
We do our best to answer as fast as possible. However, the visa officer is at the counter on mornings and some delay may occur.
The Consulate General of France in Vancouver is located at 1130 West Pender street, 11th floor. Click here for the map.
The closest Skytrain stations are Burrard and Waterfront.
Only certain categories are allowed to apply by mail. They are listed here.
There is no French consulate in Calgary or Edmonton.
Residents of Alberta will have to come in person to Vancouver to file their applications.
No. The Consulate General of France in Vancouver has jurisdiction to issue visas to residents of Alberta, British Columbia, Saskatchewan, Yukon and Northwest Territories of Canada only.
No. Because visas are now biometric, personal appearance is mandatory -except children under 12 years old and applicants listed under the exemption list
Travel agents or other individuals are not allowed to represent the applicant.
No. A visa application cannot be expedited. Make sure you apply far enough in advance according to your nationality and at least fifteen days before your departure. Basically, the sooner, the better, but not more than 3 months before departure.
No, a visa may not be issued more than three months before the planned date for the trip.
The only exception to that rule is for people applying for long stay visas for Monaco.
Processing fees depend on the exchange rate. It may vary every 15 days, please check out the exact rates here.
You may obtain an "attestation d’accueil" at the City Hall of the town where your relative lives. The original document has to be brought on the day of appointment, at it needs to be stamped by the Consulate and be presented at the French or Schengen border.
At the Consulate of the country of your main destination.
At the Consulate of the country of your first entry if you plan to visit different Schengen states and staying the same amount of time in each country:
** The Netherlands if you enter through Amsterdam Schiphol
** Germany if you enter through Frankfurt
** France if you enter through Charles de Gaulle Airport.
The visa section is open to the public on an appointment basis, with no walk-ins allowed. The appointment system was implemented to provide you with a better service.We are requiring each passport holder to make an appointment (i.e. family of four=4 appointments). As a result: no waiting lines, no rush, no stress.
No. You need to book an appointment online.
To use the appointment system, the following configuration is required :
* Firefox 1.0 and higher
* Mozilla 1.7.8 and higher
* Microsoft Internet Explorer 6.0 and higher
* Adobe Acrobat reader 5 or higher
* You need to enable your computer to open pop-ups by changing your browser settings.
It is not a problem, as long as your appointment is confirmed in the system. Simply show up at the time of your appointment.
If you are not able to attend, please free a slot by cancelling your previous appointment and reschedule another one.
You’ll need your passport number and the confirmation number to be able to access your schedule details.
You cannot change your appointment within 24hours of its date.
Do not overbook. The French Consulate will cancel appointments made by the same applicant on different days.
Your passport should be less than 10 years old and valid at least 90 days after your date of return to Canada. It must have at least two blank visa pages available.
No. The Certificate of Identity, issued by Canada, is not recognized. It is therefore not possible for its holder to travel to/obtain a visa for the Schengen zone.
5.1- I have a long stay ’D’ visa, valid between 3 months and 1 year. May I travel to other countries of Europe?
Although the temporary long stay ’D’ visa (between 3 months and 1 year) is only valid for France + 1 transit in a Schengen country upon arrival:
Yes, you may travel to any Schengen area country for a maximum of 90 days per 6-month period while your long stay visa is valid.
A long stay visa is a multiple entries visa and allows its holder to exit and reenter as needed.
5.2- May I use the Schengen visa issued by the French Consulate General, to visit other European countries?
Yes, you may, as long as your visa stickers mentions the "Etats Schengen". However, please check on your visa sticker if restrictions apply (i.e: ’-PL’ means you may enter any Schengen State except Poland).