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 occasionally, 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 must have signed an agreement with France. Today, this applies to 13 countries:
    • Australia;
    • Argentina;
    • Canada (agreement on youth mobility);
    • Chile;
    • Colombia;
    • South Korea;
    • Japan;
    • New Zealand;
    • Hong Kong;
    • Mexico;
    • 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 (up to the date of 30th birthday), regardless of country of origin, except for Canada where the maximum age is 35 years.

Australian, Canadian and Colombian nationals may file their visa application with the visa centre of their choice.  Nationals of other countries, in contrast, must file their application with the visa centre empowered in their country of nationality

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. You may engage in temporary paid work without further authorisation from the French authorities.


Update : October 2017