Visas: general information and procedure to apply for a visa [fr]

Welcome to the web pages of the visa section. We strongly advise you to carefully read all the information below before you apply for a visa

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1. Jurisdiction


The visa section of the French Consulate in Toronto is competent for the following provinces : Manitoba and Ontario. The visa section does not process applications for individuals holding official or diplomatic passports.

2. The rule of the personal appearance


The personal appearance of the applicant is required by the visa officers. Applicants under the France-Canada Youth Agreement may ask for an arrangement.

3.The processing of the application : the interview and the processing time


When applying for a visa, the applicant will be interviewed by a visa officer. This interview can be done in English or French, depending on the applicant’s choice.

Applicants MUST provide the visa officers ALL the originals of the required documents plus their photocopies (Thermal paper documents are not accepted).

IMPORTANT : the implementation of the Community Code on Visas (Schengen) and the harmonization of procedures regarding visa delivery at the European level now leads to the immediate rejection of ANY INCOMPLETE APPLICATION OR ANY APPLICATION THAT WOULD NOT CONFORM TO THE ORDER OF PRESENTATION OF THE SUPPORTING DOCUMENTS

The Consulate General does not make photocopies of the documents.

- The travel document must have at least 2 blank pages for the visa and entry stamps.

- The travel document must have been delivered less than 10 years ago.

Depending on the type of visa requested, the processing time varies. For any short stay application made in person, an average time of 3 weeks can be expected before getting an answer. For any long stay visa (except for students) made in person, an average processing time of 3 months is to be expected. These time frames are given as examples and can vary.

Note that there is no “RUSH procedure” available.

4. Application fees


Payment of the application fee is required up front when applying. Depending on the currency rate, the amount in Canadian dollars is adjusted every two weeks. Please see our Fee grid.

Attention: payment of the application fee does not give any guarantee nor right that the visa will be granted. The application fee is non-refundable and not transferable whether the visa application is denied by the administration or the applicant decides to interrupt their request. There is no exception to the rule.

5. Different types of visa


Depending on the purpose and the duration of your stay in France and in the DOM TOM CTOM , a short stay visa or a long stay visa may be issued.

There are 2 different categories of short stay visas:

- The Airport Transit Visa,

- The short stay visa for a stay no longer than 90 days per semester.

- Short stay visas are often Schengen visas (except for the DOM, TOM and CTOM and New Caledonia)

There are two types of long stay visas : the long stay visa and the temporary long stay (up to six months).

6. The Schengen Zone


The visa section issues short stay visas valid for the Schengen country members.

If you intend to visit several Schengen countries, you may apply for a visa at the French Consulate General only if :

- France is your main destination, meaning that you will be spending most of your time there.
- France is your first port of entry, provided you are spending the same amount of time in each of the Schengen countries.
If not, please apply at the appropriate Schengen consulate.

The following countries are members of the Schengen Agreement: Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, The Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland

Consulates of Schengen countries in Toronto :

CONSULATE GENERAL OF BELGIUM
P.O.Box 88, 2 Bloor Street West, Suite 2006,
Toronto, ON M4W 3E2
(416) 944 1422
*At Bloor/Yonge subway station

CONSULATE GENERAL OF CZECH REPUBLIC
2 Bloor Street West, Suite 1500
Toronto, ON M4W 3E2
(416) 920-5287
*At Bloor/Yonge subway station

CONSULATE GENERAL OF THE FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF GERMANY
2 Bloor Street East, 25th floor
Toronto, ON M4W 1A8
(416) 925 2813
*At Bloor/Yonge subway station

CONSULATE GENERAL OF GREECE (THE HELLENIC REPUBLIC)
365 Bloor Street East, Suite 1800
Toronto, ON M4W 3L4
(416) 515-0133
*At Sherbourne subway station

CONSULATE GENERAL OF HUNGARY (REPUBLIC OF HUNGARY)
425 Bloor Street East, Suite 501
Toronto, ON
M4W 3R5
(416) 923-8981

CONSULATE GENERAL OF ITALY
136 Beverley Street
Toronto, ON M5T 1Y5
(416) 977 1566
*Closest subway station: St Patrick

CONSULATE GENERAL OF MALTA
The Clarica Centre 3300 Bloor Street West, Suite 300
Etobicoke, ON M8X 2X2
(416) 207 0922

CONSULATE GENERAL OF THE NETHERLANDS (KINGDOM OF THE NETHERLANDS)
P.O. Box 2, 1 Dundas Street West, Suite 2106
Toronto, ON M5G 1Z3
1-877-388-2443
*At Dundas subway station

CONSULATE GENERAL OF POLAND
2603 Lakeshore Blvd. West
Toronto, ON, M8V 1G5
(416) 252-5471

CONSULATE GENERAL OF PORTUGAL (THE PORTUGUESE REPUBLIC)
P.O Box 41, 438 University Avenue, Suite 1400,
Toronto, ON M5G 2K8
(416) 217 0966
*At St Patrick subway station

CONSULATE GENERAL OF SPAIN (THE KINGDOM OF SPAIN)
2 Bloor Street East Suite 1201
Toronto, ON M4W 1A8.
(416) 977-1661
*At Bloor/Yonge subway station

CONSULATE GENERAL OF SWITZERLAND (THE SWISS CONFEDERATION)
154 University Avenue, Suite 601
Toronto, ON M5H 3Y9.
(416) 593 5371
*At St Andrew subway station

7. The European Union


The following countries are members of the European community: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Greece, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, the United Kingdom

8. Appointment booking


Click here to go to the appointment booking page.

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Last updated on: 18/04/2011

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