Young traveller (working holiday)

Your situation

Depending on your nationality and age, you may be able to benefit from the work holiday programme. This programme allows you to visit France for a period of more than three months with the right to work, so as to supplement your financial resources on site.

The conditions

  • The main reason for your stay is tourism and discovering France’s culture;
  • Your country or territory must have signed an agreement with France. Today, this applies to 16 countries or territories:
    • Australia;
    • Argentina;
    • Brazil;
    • Canada (agreement on youth mobility);
    • Chile;
    • Colombia;
    • Ecuador;
    • South Korea;
    • Japan;
    • New Zealand;
    • Hong Kong;
    • Mexico;
    • Peru;
    • Russia;
    • Taiwan;
    • Uruguay.
  • You must meet the terms and conditions of the agreement regarding duration of stay and expected financial resources provided for in the agreement.
  • Applicants must be, as of the date of request submission, between 18 and 30 years of age (i.e. until the day before their 31st birthday), regardless of country or territory of origin, except for :
    • Argentina, Australia and Canada where the maximum age is 35 years (up to the date of 36th birthday).
  • Nationals of countries that have signed a "Vacances-travail" (Working holiday) agreement with France must file their application with the competent visa center in their country or territory of nationality, with the exception of Australian, Canadian and Colombian nationals residing abroad who may file their visa application with the competent French consular service in their country of residence.

Your visa

This is a long-stay visa containing the statement "vacances travail" (working holiday). Its duration is one year and may not be extended, unless otherwise stipulated. It will entitle you to undertake paid employment on a secondary basis, without prior approval from the French Administration.