France’s Working Holiday Visa for Australians
If you’re an Australian aged between 18 and 35 years old, you could be eligible for a French working holiday visa! This allows you to live in France for up to 12 months, and undertake secondary employment to help fund your holiday.
This page contains useful information about the French working holiday (young traveller) visa for Australian citizens. It was last updated on 20 February 2021.
Please note that COVID-19 may impact your ability to travel to France at this time.
Key facts about France
- Population: Approx. 67 million
- Official language: French (“français” in French)
- Capital city: Paris
- Largest cities: Paris, Marseille, Lyon, Toulouse, Nice
- Currency: Euro
France Working Holiday Visa requirements
France offers Working Holiday visas to citizens of Australia, Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, South Korea, Japan, New Zealand, Hong Kong, Mexico, Peru, Russia, Taiwan & Uruguay. See the France Visas website for more information.
This information is only applicable to Australian citizens. Please note that while the maximum age to apply for this visa is 35 for Australians, Argentinians & Canadians, the maximum age for other nationalities is 30.
To apply for a France working holiday visa as an Australian citizen, you must meet the following requirements:
- Aged between 18-35 years old (inclusive) at the time of application
- Have a return plane ticket from your country of residence to France
- Have enough funds to support yourself during the initial period of your stay (as a rough guide, you should have at least AUD5,000 in savings)
You cannot apply for this visa if you:
- Are accompanied by dependent children
- Have already held a French working holiday visa
The official France Visas website contains limited information about this visa.
The Consulate General of Sydney does have a visa section, but there is no hotline and they specifically state that they do not provide information about visa procedures, required documents, visa appointments or processing times.
Documents needed to apply for this visa
When applying for a Working Holiday Visa for France as an Australian citizen, the France Visas website says will need to provide the following documents:
- Long stay visa application form
- A valid passport with at least two blank pages and that will be valid for at least 3 months after the end of your intended stay in France
- Two recent passport-sized photographs (ICAO standard)
- Proof of your employment/income (e.g. an employer certificate or proof of regular income)
- Travel/health insurance to cover the entire stay in France
- Proof of accommodation in France (or a document explaining your planned accommodation arrangements)
- Proof of sufficient funds to support yourself during the initial period of stay in France (e.g. a bank statement showing the past 3 months)
Please note that this information is subject to change. When you start your visa application, a full list of up-to-date document requirements will be provided to you.
The French working holiday visa is classified as a long-stay visa, which has a €99 (approx. AUD150) fee. There may also be fees payable to VFS Global (approx. €40-75, or AUD60-115).
How to apply for a French Working Holiday Visa in Australia
You can no longer apply for this visa directly to the French consulate in Sydney. If you’re an Australian resident, you’ll need to visit a VFS Global office.
You can apply for a Working Holiday Visa between 3 months and 15 days before your intended arrival date in France.
Since January 2021, French visa applications in Australia must be submitted to VFS Global. You’ll need to visit a VFS Global office to provide the required documentation and provide biometrics, but the French consulate is still responsible for processing visas.
You’ll need to start your visa application on the France-Visas website. Once you’ve submitted the application form, you can make an appointment to attend a VFS Global visa application centre to provide biometrics (fingerprints & photo taken) and pay the applicable fees. VFS Global offices are available in Sydney and Melbourne.
Once your visa is processed, you can return to the VFS Global office to collect your passport. Or if you provided a prepaid envelope/paid an additional fee, it will be mailed to you.
Visit the VFS Global website for more information.
We recommend that you begin your visa application and make an appointment well in advance. According to the French consulate, the average visa processing time is 15 days (but it could take longer in some cases).
Arriving in France
After arriving in France, you will need to validate your long-stay visa within 3 months (ideally, you should do this immediately). This can now be done online. See the France Visas website for more information.
To connect with other Australians living in France, you may wish to join the Aussies In France Facebook group.
While best efforts are made to keep this information updated, we do not guarantee its accuracy. If you spot an error, would like to suggest new information to be added or simply have a question, please let us know in the comments and we’ll endeavour to respond or update the article as quickly as possible!