I am an Australian, and I need a French Working Holiday visa starting October 16. I will be traveling from August 1 until then. Since I can only apply for the visa a maximum of 3 months before, I have booked an appointment for July 21st — which only leaves me 6 working days to get my passport back from processing.

How long does it take to process a French working holiday visa?


The French Consulate web site says the working holiday visa takes an average of 2 weeks, but 1 week is generally ok. We have an applicant of our Ski Jobs France program applying tomorrow, so will let you know the latest processing time. The quickest time this year has been 3 days, but it does vary.

  • Thanks for your help - let us know how it goes, I might run the gauntlet. – Peter Grant Jul 3 '11 at 21:17
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    The French working holiday visa was issued in 4 days this week. Good luck! – Craig_Travels Jul 8 '11 at 8:08
  • Thanks mate - that gives me confidence, if they can turn mine around that quick I will be in the clear. I was going to give them an express post envelope to speed it up a little. How responsive do you think they would be to me asking if they could speed it up? would they take offence? – Peter Grant Jul 10 '11 at 22:11

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