Numerous young foreigners wish to improve their professional experience in France so as to discover French way of life while working in the country. Thanks to the Working Holiday Visa (WHV), from 380 to 480 young Australians enjoy traveling to France each year.
To be eligible for the France WHV you must:
- be an Australian citizen and live in Australia when submitting your request
- be between 18 and 30 years old
- not having benefited from the France WHV yet
- not be accompanied by children
- have a sum of about 3,445 euros that is at least some 5,000 australian dollars, in order to cater for your needs throughout your stay.
Your France WHV is available for 12 months and is not renewable.
You are allowed to access the whole French Republic territory and you can leave the country as many time as you want provided that you return to France after each trip.
How to proceed
You are allowed to submit your request in any Consulates of France, but you are advised to particularly contact the Consulate-General in Sydney. If you come from the areas of Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth, you have to contact the Consulates General of Greece located in these three cities.
You must provide a list of important documentation: Long stay Visa application duly completed and signed, your valid Australian passport that must be available 3 months from expiry date of visa, one passport-size photo, evidence of financial resources or proof of funds (last 3 months bank statement), a one-year health insurance starting from the date of your arrival in France, a National Criminal History Record less than three months old, a proof of return ticket to your country of residence and a processing visa fee of 99 euros (about 144 Australian dollars) to be paid by credit card.
The processing time to obtain the WHV could amount to 2 weeks minimum for a complete application.
Australian nationals have to obtain a work permit for each job they are going to find in France.
Consulate-General of France in Sydney:
Level 26 - St Martins Tower
31 Market street
Sydney NSW 2000
Consulate-General of Greece in Melbourne:
37-39 Albert Road
Melbourne VIC 3004
Consulate-General of Greece in Adelaide:
Level 1 300 Flinders Street
Adelaide SA 5000
Consulate-General of Greece in Perth:
Level 7, 16 St Georges Terrace
Perth, WA, 6000
Consulate-General of France in Sydney www.ambafrance-au.org
Consulate-General of Greece in Melbourne www.mfa.gr/australia/en/consulate-general-melbourne
Consulate-General of Greece in Adelaide www.mfa.gr/australia/en/consulate-general-adelaide
Consulate-General of Greece in Perth www.mfa.gr/australia/en/consulate-perth