Please note that the information below takes precedence over the general information that follows.


The appointment at one of the reception centers of our VFS provider (Montreal, Toronto Ottawa, Vancouver) must be made after the online pre-request on France Visas website.

Social distancing measures and use of protective equipment are put in place to preserve everyone's health. The wearing of a mask is recommended in all centers and hand washing will be requested at the entrance. Access will be denied to people with symptoms of COVID.

It is recommended that applicants choose to receive their passport back by mail in order to avoid another trip to the center.

The possible issuance of a visa does not guarantee the possibility of immediate entry into the territory, which remains governed by the restrictions applicable at the borders. Before applying for a visa, it is recommended to check whether you are authorized to enter France.

The current processing time for visa requests is 30 days.


Submit your application at a visa centre for France, in Canada

The reception of visa applicants is provided by VFS Global Centers in Montreal, Toronto, Vancouver and Ottawa.

Visa applications submitted in Canada are examined by the French Consulate in Montreal.

  • Appointment and processing times vary depending on the number of applicants and the season. Users are therefore advised to anticipate in order to obtain their appointment at least 1 month before their departure.
  • Applications cannot be submitted more than 6 months before the departure date for short stay visa applications and more than 3 months before the departure date for long stay visa applications.

To make an appointment and find information about visa application centers, please check the “Whom should I contact ?” section.

For all special cases (beneficiaries of France-Canada youth mobility agreement, holders of official or diplomatic passports) please refer to the section “Particular situations”.


Caution: Cerfa form in draft

The day of your appointment you must imperatively present your CERFA in final paper version. It must not have the word "DRAFT".

If your CERFA has the mention "DRAFT", this means that your application is not finalized on France-Visas and will therefore be refused on the day of filing.

Beware of fraudulent sites

Visa applicants are advised to be cautious in all dealings with companies that claim to offer assistance in obtaining French visas.

The day of your appointment:

Attention, the day of your appointment you must print and come with your receipt. In case of absence of a document present on your receipt, your visa application can be refused.