Minor attending school

The following procedure applies in the case the student will be less than 18 years old after the 3rd month following the entry in France. As long as you are considered as a minor under French law (under 18 years old), you do not need the mandatory residence permit (carte de séjour). The long stay visa or type D mineur scolarisé allows you to stay in France for a maximum of 11 months and to attend school in a high school or to attend a post-graduate school. You must leave France on or before the visa’s expiry date.

Important : the student must come in person to the Consulate accompanied by one of the parents

You must provide a set of photocopy for each document.

Documents for a minor going to France without an Educational Organization

- [ 1 ] The original student’s passport signed and valid for a period of 3 months beyond the last day of stay in France + photocopy of PAGES WITH PICTURE, EXPIRY DATE OF PASSPORT, VISAS ISSUED, ALL STAMPS

Your passport must have been issued less than 10 years ago (first issuance). Even if it has been renewed since then by your country, we will decline your passport for a visa application and you will have to renew it prior to applying.

* Refugees: persons residing in Canada with refugee status, even if they hold permanent resident cards, must have in their possession a travel document for refugees, 1951 Geneva Convention Model.

- [ 2 ] 2 Long Stay application forms duly filled out and signed by your parents (or legal guardian) + 3 recent and identical photos ID, format 35mm X 45mm only, with a clear and plain background. Pictures with hat, caps, sunglasses, etc.. will not be accepted (NO CUT OUT OF A CANADIAN PASSPORT SIZE PICTURE).

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Please glue one picture per forms and include the remaining one in an envelope.

Indicate your phone number, email address and the exact dates of entry and exit.

- [ 3 ] Any document supporting your status in Canada and allowing your re-entry : Canadian birth certificate, Canadian citizenship card, permanent resident card (to be photocopied both sides), valid Canadian visa…

- [ 4 ] Written consent from your parents ( Autorisation Parentale ) or from the person with legal parental rights (such as a guardian) authorizing you to leave Canada and stay with the host family in France (full identity, address, employment, length of stay) with original proof of identity of the signee(s) such as passport or driver’s license

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Autorisation parentale / Parental consent
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- [ 5 ] Host family agreement ( Engagement de prise en charge par l’accueillant en France ) filled out and signed by both parents of the host family in France with proof of their means of income and proof of legal status in France + photocopy of national identity card or residence card, if the host is a foreigner.
The letter must state that they will assume responsibility for payment of all expenses relating to accommodation, education, repatriation costs and also information about the accommodation.

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HOST FAMILY AGREEMENT / ENGAGEMENT DE PRISE EN CHARGE PAR L’ACCUEILLANT EN FRANCE
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- [ 6 ] A letter of enrollment (or acceptance) from the school or a pre-registration in a post-graduate school/University in France, that must bear the name and signature of the school principal as well as the school’s full name, address and telephone and fax numbers.

- [ 7 ] The student’s latest school results or transcripts from the previous academic year or the equivalent diploma of the baccalauréat for minors going into a higher education institution

- [ 8 ] The student’s record of immunization or letter from the family doctor stating when the student received the anti poliomyelitis, the DTP (diphtheria, pertussis and tetanus)immunization and BCG (anti tuberculosis) skin test. The BCG is mandatory to be accepted in a primary or secondary school in France. A negative tuberculin skin test result is not sufficient as it means that the student is not immunized. If for medical reasons, the minor cannot be vaccinated with the BCG, a certificate signed by a French medical doctor must be submitted to the school administration before the beginning of the academic year.

If the minor has no possibility to be vaccinated in Canada, the parents must provide the host family with a letter of consent, authorizing the minor to be vaccinated directly in France.
You have to bring a copy of that letter to the Visa Section

- [ 9 ] Proof of financial resources such as:

- if the parents provide the financial means for the stay in France: a letter from your bank stating you possess sufficient means to support your child with a minimum amount of CAD $1000 per month of stay in France and the financial guarantee form filled out.

- if the host family provides the financial means for the stay in France, they must fill out the financial guarantee form (French version) and they must include: avis d’imposition, bulletin de salaire, attestations bancaires, titre de propriété ou bail, etc.

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Garantie Financiere / Financial Guarantee
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Once the visa has been authorized by the French main office you will be asked to bring :

- [10] An insurance certificate for civil liability (usually included in your comprehensive home owner, business or tenants insurance). Bring photocopy of the relevant pages of the policy stating that your child, as your dependent is covered while temporarily abroad IN ADDITION TO a letter from the insurance company stating so.

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liability insurance
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- [11] An insurance certificate fully covering the student for excess medical expenses (the provincial medical services plan is not sufficient) such as prescription drugs, hospitalization, repatriation etc.

- [12] Return airplane ticket

The application documents must be submitted in 2 separate sets :

one set of only the originals plus 1 separate set of photocopies of all supportive documents.

Thermal paper copies are not accepted.

The visa process takes 6 to 8 weeks after the Consulate has received a complete application. Applications can be submitted no longer than 3 months prior to departure to France.

Sponsorship Programs through an educational organization

If the stay in France has been arranged through a student exchange association approved by the French ministry the following applies :

- [ 1 ] The original student’s passport signed and valid for a period of 3 months beyond the last day of stay in France + photocopies of the main pages (photo, validity date, visas…)

- [ 2 ] 2 long stay visa application forms duly filled out and signed by your parents (or legal guardian) + 3 recent and identical photo ID, format 35mm X 45mm only, with a clear and plain background. Pictures with hat, caps, sunglasses, etc.. will not be accepted ((NO CUT OUT OF A CANADIAN PASSPORT SIZE PICTURE).

Click here in order to get the specific characteristics.

Please glue one picture per forms and include the remaining one in an envelope
Indicate your phone number, email address and the exact dates of entry and exit



- [ 3 ]Letter of sponsorship from the educational organization (including proof of medical insurance + civil liability insurance)

- [ 4 ] Letter of sponsorship from the French educational organization (Engagement de prise en charge par un organisme spécialisé dans les échanges scolaires et les séjours éducatifs) with names and addresses of school and host family.

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ENGAGEMENT DE PRISE EN CHARGE PAR UN ORGANISME SPECIALISE DANS LES ECHANGES SCOLAIRES ET LES SEJOURS EDUCATIFS
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+ ID with signature of both parents of the host family and information about the accommodation (description…)

- [ 5 ] Written consent from your parents ( Autorisation Parentale ) or from the person with legal parental rights (such as a guardian) authorizing you to leave Canada and stay with the host family in France (full identity, address, employment, length of stay) with original proof of identity of the signee(s) such as passport or driver’s license



- [ 6 ] The student’s record of immunization or letter from the family doctor stating when the student received the anti poliomyelitis, the DTP (diphtheria, pertussis and tetanus)immunization and BCG (anti tuberculosis) skin test. The BCG is mandatory to be accepted in a primary or secondary school in France. A negative tuberculin skin test result is not sufficient as it means that the student is not immunized. If for medical reasons, the minor cannot be vaccinated with the BCG, a certificate signed by a French medical doctor must be submitted to the school administration before the beginning of the academic year.

If the minor has no possibility to be vaccinated in Canada, the parents must provide the host family with a letter of consent, authorizing the minor to be vaccinated directly in France.
You have to bring a copy of that letter to the Visa Section

- [ 7 ]The student’s current school transcripts.

- [ 8 ] 1 Xpresspost envelope

The application documents must be submitted in 2 separate sets :
one set of only the originals plus one separate sets of photocopies of all supportive documents.

Thermal paper copies are not accepted.

The visa process takes 2 to 4 weeks after the consulate has received a complete application. Applications can be submitted no longer than 3 months prior to departure to France.

Specific procedures apply if you turn 18 in France during the academic school year



- If you reach the age of 18 within the first three months after the date of your arrival to France:
You must follow the procedure for minors detailed hereafter.You will be issued a regular long stay student visa. Therefore, within 2 months upon arrival in France, you must apply for a residence permit (carte de séjour).

- If you reach the age of 18 after the first three months of your arrival to France:
The procedure for a minor student still applies. You will be issued a 11 months visa. However, you have to go to a Préfecture to request a temporary residence permit (autorisation de séjour provisoire) within 2 months after reaching the age of 18.

Last modified on 09/02/2017

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