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Short stay visa (Schengen visa)


Applicants must apply in person in Montreal and by appointment only.

Exceptionally, applicants who have already applied for a Schengen visa and whose biometrics can be duplicated from the Schengen Visa Information System (59 months maximum) may submit a complete application package by post with a copy of their previous Schengen visa.

Applications should be made from your country of residence.

1. Appointment

The Consulate General in Montreal has implemented an online appointment scheduling system. To schedule your appointment, please click here. Making an appointment with the Consulate General is free.

In case you cannot attend your appointment, please reschedule online.

Short stay visa applications shall be lodged no more than three months before the start of the intended visit.

2. Processing times

Current processing times are available on the website of the Immigration Office.

The Consulate advises to apply between 2 weeks (minimum) and 3 months (maximum) ahead of the planed travel date.

Please be informed that non-residents and applicants traveling on non-ordinary passports will be subject to longer processing times.

Spouses and dependents of EU/EEA nationals may be entitled to an accelerated visa procedure free of charge if they meet certain criteria at the time of application: European Directive 2004/38/EC.

3. Application file: requirements and lists of documents

Minimum requirements: admissibility

Any Schengen visa application must meet minimal requirements to be deemed admissible.

Your application file must contain the following elements to be registered:


Your travel document and residence status should be valid.

The passport or travel document has to be valid for at least 3 months after the intended date of return from the Schengen countries; it shall contain at least 2 blank pages (both sides) and have been issued within the previous 10 years.

Status in Canada

Copy of your PR-card, work permit, study permit, visitor record... and, depending on your citizenship, a valid Canadian visa.
A Canadian visa has to be valid for three months after the intended date of return from the Schengen countries.


Form for a short stay visa.
Your form should be properly filled out, dated and signed.
Please include your email address on your form if you accept communications by email.


Include 2 pictures (EU or Canadian passport format, color, white background)

Return envelope

A prepaid and self-addressed return Xpresspost envelope or courier service waybill is expected with your file.


Your fingerprints and picture will be taken during the appointment.
Your biometric data will be stored in the Visa Information System (VIS) for 5 years.


The visa handling fee must be paid.

See Consular fees

Your file will be analysed on the basis of the documents supporting your application file.
Your supporting documents should be presented at the time of application as well.

Supporting documents: list of documents for standard applications

A standard application file should be composed of a set of documents, depending on the aim your stay.

Privacy statement - GDPR

General Data Protection Regulation.

Privacy statement. Processing of personal data in the context of a visa application

4. Status of your application

In some limited cases, it is possible to check the status of your application on the website of the Immigration Office.

Questions on the status of a visa application will remain unanswered.