Working holiday visa (for New Zealand, Australian, Argentine and Colombian passport holders only)
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.
If applicants are unable to attend an appointment they should amend or cancel it.
Please click on the pdf below to find out if you are eligible to apply for this visa and to find the list of documents required for an application.
With the working holiday visa, citizens from France, New Zealand and Australia can enjoy a year-long stay in each others countries - travelling and working.
- The multiple entry working holiday visa, valid for 12 months, can only be issued by the Visa Section of the Consulate of France in Wellington. You must book an appointment to apply for the visa in person.
- The visa may be obtained up to six months prior to entry in France.
- Once you have found employment in France, you will need to apply for a temporary work permit (Autorisation de travail provisoire) at the local Labour Department (Direction Départementale de l’Emploi et de la Formation Professionnelle). The work permit will be granted (immediately) for the expected length of employment. It may be renewed but only up to the limit of the authorised length of stay (12 months).
- Participants are not eligible to receive any unemployment or social welfare benefits while in France.
- Holidaymaking in France should be the main purpose of the stay. The working holiday visa is not intended for any other purpose such as: joining your partner/fiancé in France, studying, working as an Au Pair, finding long-term employment or obtaining a rugby contract without following the OFII procedure.
- The visa is granted for 12 months from your date of arrival in France, regardless of the amount of time spent outside of France during this period. This visa will not be extended for over 12 months. Additionally, the status of the working holiday visa cannot be changed during the stay.
- Applicants should note that this visa agreement does not apply to New Caledonia, French Polynesia or for any of the French Overseas Territories.
- Please note that in certain cases, for administrative reasons, you may also be asked to provide us with your former passport.
All appointments for a Working Holiday Visa must be made at least three weeks prior to departure.
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.