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.
Appointments can be made by calling the Embassy: (04) 384 2555.
When making an appointment, please provide:
If applicants are unable to attend an appointment, they should amend or cancel it.
Who requires a long stay visa for France?
Applicants who wish to stay in France for more than three months require a long stay visa.
List of documents required to apply:
How long will the application take to process?
The amount of time it takes to process a visa varies considerably. As a result, we ask applicants to begin the process, which includes making an appointment at the Consulate of France in Wellington, at least three weeks prior to the date of departure.
Two months before the visa expires, you can extend your stay by applying for a residence permit called the carte de séjour at the nearest Préfecture de Police.
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.