Updated 2 years ago

An increasing number of young Australian nationals travel to France each year to gain a diverse professional experience while discovering the French lifestyle. This process has been made easier with the French Working Holiday Visa (WHV). If you’re an Australian national considering the same experience, continue reading for eligibility and conditions.


To be eligible for the WHV in France, you must:

  • be an Australian citizen residing in Australia at the time of application;
  • be between the ages of 18 and 30 years old;
  • not having benefited from the France WHV yet;
  • not be accompanied by children; and
  • have available savings of about 3,445 euros to cover your needs throughout your stay.

Your France WHV is available for 12 months and is not renewable.

The visa allows access to 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 to obtain your WHV

You are allowed to submit your request in any French consulate, but you are advised to contact the Consulate-General in Sydney. If you come from the areas of Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth, you may have to contact the Greek General Consulate General located in these cities.

You must provide the following documentation:

  • a long stay Visa application duly completed and signed;
  • Australian passport valid for three months from the visa's expiration date;
  • one passport-sized photo;
  • evidence of financial resources or proof of available funds (last 3 months bank statement);
  • one-year of health insurance starting from the date of your arrival in France;
  • a National Criminal History Record less than three months old;
  • proof of return ticket to your country of residence; and
  • a processing fee of 99 euros (about 144 Australian dollars) to be paid by credit card.

The processing time of the WHV application can be up to 2 weeks.


Australian nationals are required to obtain a work permit for each separate job they apply for in France.

Useful addresses:

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

Useful links:

Consulate-General of France in Sydney
Consulate-General of Greece in Melbourne
Consulate-General of Greece in Adelaide
Consulate-General of Greece in Perth

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