The ’Compétences et Talents’ permit
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.
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.
Please click here to book an appointment.
If applicants are unable to attend an appointment they should amend or cancel it.
The three year, renewable Compétences et Talents permit allows you to exercise a professional activity related to a specfic work project.
You may be granted this permit if you are likely to make a significant or lasting contribution to France’s economic development or to its academic, scientific, cultural, humanitarian or sporting sectors.
If you live in New Zealand, you may make an application at the Consulate of France in Wellington. The decision to grant this permit is up to the diplomatic or consular authorities.
Your family members (spouse and dependants) will be granted a Vie Privée et Familiale permit. This permit entitles your spouse to work in France.
The criteria are defined by the Commission Nationale des Compétences et Talents that meets in France at least twice a year.
The applicant must submit a credible professional project which meets the criteria set out by the Commission Nationale des Compétences et Talents.
The applicant must provide evidence that they are in every way capable of carrying out their project.
- The application will be accepted/rejected based on:
- The interest and relevance of the project
- The applicant’s motivation/commitment to it
- The applicant’s skills and qualifications
- University graduates
- Qualified professionals
- Investors involved in a specific project
- Self-employed professionals such as artists, authors, athletes, etc.
- Senior managers and high level executives employed by a French company that is part of an international group
For the applicant
- Completed and signed long stay visa application form.
- Five recent passport photographs,
- Passport that has at least one page free for the visa stamp + a photocopy of it,
- Full curriculum vitae,
- A copy of your criminal record to be obtained from the Ministry of Justice,
- Portfolio providing full details of the project and illustrating its relevance and interest to France and to the applicant’s home country,
- Any document pertaining to the applicant’s likelihood of completing the project,
- A pre-paid courier envelope with the applicant’s address provided for return of passport,
- Long stay visa fees. Please note that visa fees must be paid in cash.
NB: Depending on the nature of the project, other documents may be required.
For family members (spouse and dependants)
- Completed and signed long stay visa application form,
- Five recent passport photographs,
- Passport that has at least one page for a visa stamp + photocopy of it,
- Official documents that provide evidence of links with the applicant of the competences et talents permit (marriage certificate for spouse and birth certificates for dependants).
From the date we receive your application, we require a minimum of four weeks 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.