French Volunteer Visa

Cost of Living
Talent Migration


This is a visa for people who wish to engage in humanitarian work in France, for more than three months and up to a maximum of one year. If you are planning to obtain such a visa, keep in mind that you will have to start the visa application process through a French Foundation or Association recognized by the French authorities as registered charity/public utility.

To stay beyond the validity of this visa, you need to apply for a residence permit at a prefecture.

Categories who do not require this visa are:

  • Third-country nationals that hold a short-stay visa – marked as Famille de Français (‘Family of a French national’).
  • EU nationals.
  • EEA nationals (Iceland, Norway and Liechtenstein).
  • Nationals of the principalities of Monaco and Andorra.
  • Nationals of San Marino and the Holy See.
  • Foreign nationals and their families who have acquired long-term resident status in another EU country.
  • Students who have attended school in France without interruption from the age of 16 and are continuing their studies in the country.


12 months max.



112 (approx.)


Processing time

3 weeks min.




What are eligibility requirements for the French Volunteer Visa?

4 Eligibility Requirements

  • You must be 18 years old and above.
  • You should apply through a registered charity/public utility recognized by French Authorities.
  • You must be able to prove that you have sufficient financial resources.
  • You need to have a clean criminal record.

Which documents do I need to apply for the French Volunteer Visa?

8 Document Required

  • Application form dated and signed.
  • ID photograph.
  • If you are not a national of your country of residence, please provide proof of your legal residency in this country (e.g. residence permit, etc.).
  • Travel document, valid for at least three months after the planned date of return.
  • Approval decision from the Civic Service Agency of the association or foundation.
  • Statement of the applicant, drafted on plain paper, promising to leave French territory when the volunteer contract ends.
  • Volunteer contract concluded between the applicant and the accredited association or foundation.
  • A National Criminal History Record Check certificate, not more than 3 months old.

Talent Migration data for France

Talent gain & drain map of 2015-2019 data. Sourced from World Bank Digital Development Data.

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