Au pair visa

Please note:

As the application process includes taking a photo and the ten fingerprints of each applicant, it is not possible to send in a visa application via the post. This also applies to residents of Samoa and the Cook Islands.
Each applicant aged 12 years and over must travel to Wellington to apply for their visa in person.
The only exception applies to applicants of visas for African countries. Applicants for these visas are not required to apply in person at the Consulate of France.

Make an appointment

- One appointment must be made for each passport holder. Applicants will need to make an appointment during the opening hours of the Consulate of France : 9.15 am to 1.15 pm, Monday to Friday.
Applicants will not be admitted to the Consulate if they do not have an appointment.

To lodge your application, you are required to book an appointment via the online booking system, without exception. No booking will be completed at the Consular section in Wellington or by phone.
Please click here to book an appointment.
If applicants are unable to attend an appointment they should amend or cancel it.

List of documents required to apply

Applicants for an Au pair professional visa must have secured employment before they apply for a visa.

You must provide the original documents as well as a photocopy of the following:

  • Completed and signed long stay visa application form.
  • Completed and signed OFII form
  • One recent passport photograph,
  • Passport (valid for at least three months after your return date),
  • A work contract also called an accord de placement endorsed by the Direction départementale du Travail et de l’Emploi (D.D.T.E) in France and by the Office de la main d’oeuvre in French Polynesia and in New Caledonia. It is the responsibility of the employer to have the work contract endorsed by the D.D.T.E or by the Office de la main d’oeuvre.
  • Proof of enrolment in a French course in France or New Caledonia or French Polynesia (no minimum hours of study required),
  • A diploma, certificate, school report or proof of enrolment that provides the applicant’s most recent grades, and which illustrates that the applicant has completed schooling and/or studies to an appropriate level,
  • A pre-paid envelope with the applicant’s address provided for return of passport,
  • Long stay visa fees. Please click here for the latest visa fees. Please note that visa fees must be paid in cash.

Please note: As applications must be sent (by post) to Noumea for authorisation, applicants for New Caledonia must provide a pre-paid courier envelope for postage overseas in their application. Applications for French Polynesia are sent to Papeete for authorisation electronically. Therefore applications for French Polynesia do not need to include a pre-paid courier envelope for postage overseas in their application.

How long will the application take to process?

- Applications for France: From the date we receive your application, it takes a minimum of three weeks to process it.

- Applications for New Caledonia, French Polynesia and Wallis and Futuna: From the date we receive your application, it takes a minimum of two months to process it..

- It is your responsibility to provide us with a complete application.

- If any documents are missing from your application, it is highly likely that your visa will not be granted.

Dernière modification : 04/09/2015

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