New Zealand Embassy Paris, France

Extending or modifying visa status in France

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The New Zealand Embassy in Paris can in no way assist you with obtaining a visa for France or in modifying your current status. You must contact the French authorities for this.

If you are in France as a tourist, either visa-free (less than 3 months) or with a long-stay visa and you are wishing to extend your stay, you should contact your local Préfecture de Police (Service des Etrangers) or the Embassy of France in Wellington for advice on whether this is possible and the procedures involved. You may also wish to consult the French Public Service website.

The same advice applies to holders of student permits.

If you are the holder of a Working Holiday Visa for France, please refer to the information provided by the Embassy of France in Wellington and included with your visa, which stipulates that you may not extend your stay or change your visa status, but leave France on or before its expiry. Three month visa-free visitor access following the expiry of a Working Holiday Visa is not automatic. You must leave France and re-enter, however you should be aware that French border control authorities may prevent you from doing so if they doubt the reasons for your quick return (your Working Holiday Visa enabled you to work and visit for 12 months, therefore they may question why a further 3 months is needed).

If you are in New Zealand, you are strongly advised to contact the visa section of the Embassy of France in Wellington before you leave regarding stays of longer than 3 months.

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