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Government of Canada services and information in Paris, France

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Services and information provided to Canadians by the Embassy of Canada to France, in Paris.

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Adoption and surrogacy

Refer to International adoption.

Adoption in France is accessible to French and foreign citizens under certain conditions. Relevant information is available on the Adoption website.

If you live in Paris, you can contact Adopter un enfant : les démarches to find information and assistance. In others regions, information is available on the Adoption website.

Surrogacy is strictly forbidden in France, parentage of the intended parents and the child will not be recognized.

Birth abroad

Refer to Birth abroad.

In France, it is mandatory to register the birth of any child within 5 days. After 5 days, regularization by judicial means is necessary, but penal sanctions are incurred. Some public hospitals provide a civil officer duty period to register birth declarations. Otherwise, you must contact the City Hall (“Mairie”) of the child’s place of birth to declare the birth and receive a birth certificate, free of charge. Inquire directly to the vital statistics (“État civil”) office in the city to know the conditions to get this document issued.

See Déclaration de naissance (in French) for more information.

Citizenship services

Canadian citizens in France or Monaco

Check the eligibility criteria to see if you can apply online for a Canadian Citizenship Certificate for yourself or for your child. If you were born in Canada, you do not need to apply for a Canadian citizenship certificate. Your proof of Canadian citizenship is your birth certificate issued by the province or territory where you were born.

You can send paper applications by mail to Consular Services-Citizenship at the Embassy of Canada to France, in Paris. You can submit multiple applications in one envelope. No original documents are required. Only clear and legible colour photocopies of your documents are needed. If you prefer to apply in person, complete your citizenship application before booking an appointment. Pay your citizenship application fees online, and please include a copy of your receipt with your application.

Citizenship applications submitted in person will not be examined at the reception counter of Consular Services. Applications submitted in person follow the same procedure as those received by the mail.

Check processing times at Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC). Note that applications presented outside of Canada take longer to process.

Your citizenship certificate will be sent to you by registered mail to the postal address you provided. Given the lengthy processing time of citizenship certificate applications, please ensure that you inform us of any change of address, in France or elsewhere in the world, by emailing us at paris-citizenship@international.gc.ca and providing the full name and date of birth of the person concerned.

Note: A Certificate of Canadian citizenship is required to apply for a Canadian passport. If you plan to travel to Canada before receiving your certificate of Canadian citizenship, you are required to apply for a Canadian passport.

Citizenship - Frequently asked questions

Non-Canadian citizens

Before applying for citizenship, see if you may be a citizen.

Payment method

Pay your application fees online.

Please include a copy of your receipt with your application.

Details Fee (CAD)
Application for a Citizenship Certificate for adults and minors (Proof of Citizenship) 75.00
Replacement / Update of proof of Canadian citizenship 75.00
Certified copies of official identification documents for a Certificate of Canadian citizenship 0.00

Divorce abroad

Divorce procedures in France

In case of a divorce procedure, the information on this page is meant to help you understand the process. Contrary to the Canadian practice, it is still mandatory to be assisted by a lawyer. See Ask Travel under General Consular Services for a list of lawyers in France. In the case of a divorce by mutual consent, it is possible to hire the same lawyer, or to hire one for each party.

There are 2 types of divorce:

  1. litigious divorce (on the grounds of fault, de facto separation or by acceptance of the principle of marital breakdown)
  2. non-litigious (by common consent)

For definitions of each type of divorce, or for additional information about divorce procedures in France, see Divorce, séparation de corps (French only).

Frequently asked questions:

I’m now residing in Canada; can I initiate the procedure in Canada if I got married in France?

If you or your spouse have been residing in Canada for a full year, it is possible to divorce in Canada, if the procedure has not been initiated in France. A marriage celebrated in France is recognized in Canada. Find more information at How to Apply for a Divorce.

How can I get assistance from a lawyer in France if I do not have the financial resources necessary?

Legal aid is available under certain criteria. See Legal aid for more information. Foreigners who are considered as lawfully residents of France can apply for legal aid, even in the case of a divorce by common consent.

How long will the procedure last and what will it cost?

The duration and cost of divorce procedures can vary depending on the case and level of agreement between the parties involved. A divorce can be official after 3 months or many years after the signature of the non-conciliation order, depending on the case. A high-conflict divorce will take more time and will be more expensive than a divorce by common consent.

I would like to return to live in Canada with my children, but the other parent wants to maintain the residency in France. Am I allowed to return to Canada without their consent?

If there is a disagreement between the spouses to determine the children’s country of residence, a family judge must make an order to confirm it. If one of the parties wants to establish residency outside of France with the children, the other parent’s consent, or an order from the family judge authorizing the other parent to do so, is mandatory. Generally, the family judge will try to evaluate whether or not the living conditions of the children could be maintained or improved if they moved to another country. The parent requesting the change of residency will have to submit documentation concerning housing, schooling and professional situation abroad. See Parental authority in case of separation of parents for more information.

What is a “transcription” of a judgement of divorce?

In France, a transcription refers to the notification of the judgement of divorce on the French marriage certificate and on the French birth certificates of the ex-spouses. The lawyers of the parties are in charge of this procedure when is it needed. It is not required to send official documentation to the Embassy of Canada, as our legislation does not refer to this procedure.

Which institution issues the divorce judgement?

In France, the divorce judgement is issued by the clerk of the civil court where the judgement was passed. In Paris, it is the Tribunal de Grande Instance, Parvis du Tribunal de Paris, 75017 Paris.

How can I get a copy of my judgement of divorce?

The judgement of divorce is available, free of charge, at the local City Hall where the wedding took place. You must contact the “service de l’état civil” of the City Hall and specify which document you would need. Provide the full name of the ex-spouse. A self-addressed and pre-stamped envelope must be included in your request.

Marriage abroad

Refer to Marriage abroad.

If you are coming to France get married and settle in the country, make sure to contact France-Visas to obtain the right documentation to come to France.

The Embassy of Canada does not perform marriages. To celebrate a marriage in France, we invite you to contact your local City Hall (Mairie) to obtain the list of required documents. It is mandatory to have a civil marriage at your local City Hall before an optional religious ceremony. See Mariage en France (French only) for more information.

Consular services at the Embassy of Canada or the Authentication Services Section of Global Affairs Canada can help you obtain the Statement in lieu of certificate of non-impediment to marriage abroad (this document replaces the Certificat de coutume and the Certificat de capacité matrimoniale requested by the Mairie in France).

To get the documents from the Embassy, including the necessary documents to be married in France, you can send your file by mail (3 working days processing time) or book an appointment for a notarial services. Please prepare the following documents:

  • A copy of your valid Canadian passport (only pages 2 and 3)
  • If you were born in Canada: a copy of your Canadian birth certificate
  • If you were born outside Canada: a copy of both sides copy of your citizenship certificate
  • An original statutory declaration including your name, residential address, present marital status and the name, the citizenship and residential address of future spouse. This statutory declaration must be:
    • in French and mention the date and place of the signature
    • signed in front of a lawyer, notary public or commissioner of oaths in Canada, or
    • signed in front of a lawyer, notary or an official who is entitled to witness sworn statements at your local Mairie in France
    • If you are abroad, you also have the possibility to sign this statement in front of an office of the Government of Canada abroad

The following text can be used as an example of statutory declaration:

Je soussigné(e) [your full name] citoyen(ne) canadien(ne) né(e) le [your date of birth] et résidant au [your detailed residential address], déclare solennellement par la présente être [choose the option that fits your personal situation : single, divorced or widowed] et libre de contracter un mariage avec [full name of the spouse], citoyen [spouse’s nationality] résidant au [your spouse’s detailed residential address].

  • If you have been married in the past: a certified copy of your divorce certificate or a certified copy of the death certificate of the deceased spouse
  • A payment of Can$50 – Print and fill out the Credit Card Authorization
  • A short letter explaining your request. Include your name and address for the return of the documents. Also include your email and telephone number in case we need to reach you.

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Civil Union: Pacte de solidarité civil (PACS)

The Pacte de solidarité civil (PACS) is a procedure to make a union official. The PACS procedure would be close to what we call in Canada “Common law spouse”. If you live in France, you can celebrate a PACS at your local city hall (Mairie) or in front of a French « notaire ». See Pacte civil de solidarité (French only) for more information.

The Consular service of the Embassy of Canada in Paris can issue a Statement In lieu of Certificate of Non-impediment to a PACS according to French legislation. To get the necessary documents for a PACS in France from the Embassy, send your file by mail (3 working days processing time) or book an appointment for a notarial services.

The list of documents to provide is the same than above (see section on marriage), except the text of the statutory declaration is slightly different:

  • An original statutory declaration including your name, your residential address, your present marital status, affirm that you are not in the care of a legal guardian, the name and citizenship of your partner and residential address of your partner. This statutory declaration must be:
    • in French and mention the date and place of the signature
    • signed in front of a lawyer, notary public or commissioner of oaths in Canada, or
    • signed in front of a lawyer, notary or an official who is entitled to witness sworn statements at your local Mairie in France
    • If you are abroad, you also have the possibility to sign this statement in front of an office of the Government of Canada abroad

The following text can be used as an example of statutory declaration:

Je soussigné(e) [your full name] citoyen(ne) canadien(ne) né(e) le [your date of birth] et résidant au [your detailed residential address], déclare solennellement par la présente être [choose the option that fits your personal situation : single, divorced or widowed (in French célibataire, veuf(ve) ou divorcé(e))] et ne pas faire l'objet d'une mesure de tutelle ou de curatelle et être libre de conclure un PACS avec [full name of your partner], citoyen [partner’s nationality] résidant au [your partner’s detailed residential address].

Register a foreign marriage in Canada

As Canada does not have a central vital statistic office, there is no special procedure to register your French marriage with us. Even if your new marital status is recognized in Canada and your French document is accepted by the Canadian administrations, some provincial vital statistics have their own procedures to register a marriage celebrated abroad. Contact your provincial vital statistics office for more information.

Notarial services

The office provides the following notarial services, by post or by appointment, to Canadian citizens and, in limited cases, to non-Canadian citizens if the documents are intended for use in Canada.

Note: Documents must be in English or French, or accompanied by an official translation in English or French. Notarial services can not provide documents to confirm your identity (such as identity confirmation form for a bank or a lawyer, documents for the Medical Council of Canada, or any other documents to confirm your identity to professional authorities in Canada).

Legalization/Authentication/Attestation (certify the document signature, the position of an official and the seal are genuine):

  • It is possible that the French administration requires Canadian document to be legalized by our service in order to accept them. This is often requested for Canadian birth certificates that are presented to the French authorities for Social Security applications, to get married in France or to apply for French naturalization.
  • To have a vital statistics document issued by a provincial office in Canada legalized, you can book an appointment with our notarial services or send your file by mail that includes:
    • A copy of your valid Canadian passport
    • A payment of Can$50 per legalized document
    • The original vital statistics document(s) to be legalized. If you don’t have the original vital statistic document, you need to first order it from the Vital Statistics Council for Canada. Only long form vital statistics documents can be legalized. The short forms can not be legalized.
    • A short letter explaining your request and include your detailed contact information in France (postal address, telephone and email) and instructions on where to return the document (we use a registered mail service and you do not have to provide the return envelope);
  • If the document you want to be legalized is not a Canadian vital statistics document, please send us a copy by email to paris-consulaire@international.gc.ca (signatures of officials have to be visible on the document).

This service is provided free of charge by contacting Global Affairs Canada.

Certified copy (certify the document is a true copy of the original):

  • Our Embassy can proceed to certified copies of Canadian documents. It is required to provide the original documents for which you need true copies and a fee of $20cad per copy. Certified copies can be submitted by mail or in person by appointment.
  • Documents presented by a Canadian citizen or a non-Canadian citizen for use of a retirement file in Canada will be free of charge.
  • Our Consular Services can not proceed to certified copies of Canadian documents for a visa or immigration file.

Witness a signature, affidavit, sworn statement only by appointment

  • Documents presented by a Canadian citizen or a non-Canadian citizen for use in Canada; exceptions apply (fees apply).

Note: You need to gather all the necessary papers before presenting yourself at your appointment, but the date and your signature must be completed in front of the officer. Note that if witnesses must sign your document, both you and the witnesses must be present at the Embassy on the day of your appointment. Witnesses must have their own original official and valid pieces of identification. It is your responsibility to ensure that your witnesses meet the eligibility criteria.

Your presence is mandatory for this service; please make an appointment with us.

Payment method

Credit card accepted. Use the credit card authorization form.

Details Fee (CAD)
Administering an oath or receiving a statutory declaration or affirmation. The fee shown is per document. 50.00
Attesting any document bearing a signature (affidavit, declaration, affirmation, etc.). The fee shown is per document. 50.00
Authenticating (witnessing) a signature. The fee shown is per document. 50.00
Authenticating the signature and seal of a foreign authority. The fee shown is per document. 50.00
Authenticating signatures of Canadian authorities or notaries. 50.00
Certifying a true copy of a document. The fee shown is per copy. 20.00
Issuing a Statement in lieu of Certificate of Non-impediment to Marriage Abroad. The fee shown is a minimum, per document. 30.00
Preparing a certificate, affidavit, declaration or other document (less than 200 words). The fee shown is per document. 30.00
Preparing a certificate, affidavit, declaration or other document (200-499 words). The fee shown is per document. 60.00
Providing a Passport Canada CTC. The fee shown is per set of three copies. 45.00

Passport services

Canadian citizens in France or Monaco

You can pay online for all your passport services before completing your passport application.

You can send your application and online payment receipts by mail to “Embassy of Canada Consular Services”, 130 rue Faubourg Saint-Honoré, 75008 PARIS. Your passport and original documents will be returned to you by registered mail. You do not have to provide an envelope or pay extra fees for this mail service. Your previous passport will be returned to you if you checked the “Yes, please return it to me” box in the application.

Book an appointment to present your documents in person. If you choose to pick up your passport in person, you will receive an email when your passport is ready. Please book another appointment to pick up the documents.

Passport validity is not extendable. You must apply for a new passport. If your passport is full, you must renew it and pay the fees.

Children

If your child was born outside Canada, you can apply for a passport for them once they have received their Canadian citizenship certificate. See Citizenship services for more information. If you are travelling to Canada soon and have not yet received their citizenship certificate, send us an email at paris-passeport@international.gc.ca indicating:

  • the child's full name
  • the child’s date of birth
  • the date you submitted the citizenship certificate application, or
  • the date the application was received at the Embassy (according to your postal delivery notification)
  • proof of travel and/or the travel date of your child, if available
  • your full contact details

Children under the age of 16 are not required to sign the application form, but children between the ages of 11 and 15 can do so. Important: Never sign your child’s passport or other travel document. Print the signature policy and bring it with you when you travel in case you are asked to sign it.

Processing time

The processing time for a passport application is 20 business days, excluding holidays and postal delivery time, upon reception of a completed file.

Lost and stolen passports

If your valid passport is lost or stolen, send an email to paris-passeport@international.gc.ca as soon as possible with your:

  • full name
  • birth date
  • travel itinerary
  • explanation of your situation

If you do not have access to email, leave a voicemail by calling 01 44 43 29 02. After office hours, your call will be transferred without charge to the Emergency Watch and Response Centre in Ottawa.

To replace a lost, stolen or damaged passport, submit a new passport application containing the documents listed on the lost, stolen, inaccessible, damaged or found passports page. Although Embassy staff will do everything possible to replace your passport, we must comply with certain statutory requirements. In some cases, it may be necessary for you to reschedule your travel plans.

Emergency passport application

If your application is urgent and you must travel in less than 20 working days, you may apply for a temporary passport. Email paris-passport@international.gc.ca to give us details on your emergency. An appointment may then be offered to you as it is mandatory to come to the Canadian embassy in person for a temporary passport service. The processing time for a temporary passport ranges from a minimum of 2 business days up to 19 business days depending on the complexity of your application. You must submit a completed passport application - follow the instructions available on the lost, stolen, inaccessible, damaged or found passports page. Please also include:

  • your proof of travel (show this to Embassy security and the passport officer)
  • a receipt of payment for the additional fees (Can$110) for the temporary passport, payable online.

Passports - Frequently asked questions

Payment method

Pay online for all your passport services.

Please include a copy of your receipt with your application.

Details Fee (CAD)
10-year adult passport (age 16 or over) 260.00
5-year adult passport (age 16 or over) 190.00
5-year Child passport (0-15 years of age) 100.00
Additional fee for replacing a valid lost or stolen passport 45.00
Acknowledgement/Consent to provision of passport services for a minor child (PPTC028) 0.00
Temporary passport 110.00
Temporary Passport exchange in Canada 20.00
Pay online

Pensions and retirement

Refer to Benefits for Canadians living abroad.

Pensions

A reciprocal agreement between France and Canada allows transfer of your pension plan benefits.

Canadians living in the area can contact the Embassy to obtain certified copies of the documents required to obtain a pension from Canada. This service is free of charge if you are able to prove that this service is required as part of an application for retirement in Canada. Book an appointment to the original documents and photocopies required.

Retirement in France

It is obligatory for all employees in France to belong to one or more complementary retirement plans that pay out retirement benefits prorated on contributions paid in. To collect your pensions in France, you have to have reached age 60 and been employed. Retirement benefits are exportable without any conditions of eligibility as to length of residency and employment in France.

All employees and employers contribute to the basic plan of the Old Age Social Security Fund (In French only). All retirees (ex-employees) collect benefits from this retirement fund. Added to it, reflecting employee status and income level, are the complementary retirement funds, ARRCO (In French only) for everyone and AGIRC (In French only) solely for high-income professionals. In this situation, an employee can be contributing to 3 different retirement funds.

You can also consult the heading "Retraite" on the French Service Public web site.

Same-sex marriage abroad

Same sex marriage has been authorized in France since 2013.

Studying abroad

Refer to Studying abroad and EduCanada.

Visa and immigration services

Complete information to apply to travel, study, work or immigration Canada is available online at Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada.

The Embassy does not receive the public on matters related to immigration procedures. You cannot provide biometrics to the Embassy. The Embassy does not accept applications in person. No information concerning immigration is available by phone.

The IRCC visa office in Paris regularly hosts online and in-person events to give information on living and working in Canada. Subscribe now to the monthly newsletter for updates.

Help centre: Find quick and direct answers to frequently asked questions, including technical questions about your online application, at IRCC's Help Centre.

Permanent residents of Canada: Find out how to apply for a Permanent Resident Travel Document (PRTD).

Voting abroad

Refer to Voting in an election while outside Canada.

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