Visa for high-school students aged 18 and under

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.

Who requires this visa?

High-school students aged 18 and under who want to take part in a school exchange to France or one of France’s territories require this visa.

List of documents required to apply

  • The long stay application form completed and signed by the applicant’s parents.
  • One recent passport photograph
  • Passport (valid for at least three months after return date) + two photocopies of applicant’s passport + two photocophies of any passport pages with stamps on them
  • Proof of enrolment in a French school. If the applicant is going to attend a private school, they must also provide a receipt of payment of school fees.
  • Proof of level of French acquired
  • A school report from the previous year
  • Completed and signed parental authorisation form and a copy of parents’ passports
  • Letter from host family in France that has been signed by at least one host parent and photocopies of each host parents’ passports or ID cards (cartes nationales d’identité)
  • Clear description of type of accommodation that will be provided for the applicant. If the applicant is going to be attending a boarding school, they will need to provide: proof of enrolment, proof of accommodation and an outline of accommodation arrangements during holidays
  • Completed and signed parental financial guarantee form as well as a recent bank statement (with name of account holder clearly indicated)
  • Completed and signed financial support from the host family form
  • Recent medical certificate (including proof of vaccinations against diphtheria, tetanus and polio). Please note that diphtheria, tetanus and polio are compulsory vaccinations in France.* If the applicant does not comply with this regulation, their visa application may be denied.
    Please note: The Mantoux test is not recognised by the French Public Health System and therefore will not be accepted in France as a proof of vaccination
  • Personal subscription to medical insurance (covering unlimited medical expenses and repatriation for the entire duration of stay)
  • Travel itinerary stating exact date of entry to France
  • A pre-paid courier 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 also provide this checklist with your application.

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.

Note also that the applicant may be required to show all of the documents from the above list to the French immigration authorities upon arrival at the airport, as well as a non-transferable return air ticket.

Any application received less than four weeks prior to departure will be denied. No exceptions will be made.

How long will the application take to process?

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

- For New Caledonia and French Polynesia: From the date we receive your application, we require 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 : 23/12/2015

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