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How to apply for a permit to work in France

Posted on June 15, 2022
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How to apply for a permit to work in France

Key Aspects:

  • France is a country that offers multiple options in terms of long-stay work visa
  • Work Visa enables a foreign national to stay and work for a given period
  • French Salaried Employees Visa
  • French Work Visa for Professionals and independent workers
  • French International Organization work visa
  • Required documents, the process of application, and attending the interview

Overview:

France is a country that offers multiple options in terms of long-stay work visas. It is essential to apply under the work visas mentioned below to stay in France for more than three months. The eligibility requirements for these visas will vary where it is a must for an individual to meet the needs of a particular visa they are applying for.

Main Features:

What is a Work Visa?

Work Visa enables a foreign national to stay and work for a given period. Each country has different eligibility criteria and procedures to apply for a work visa as its nature may differ based on the type of employment; it could either be on a permanent or temporary basis. An individual cannot work without a valid work visa in any foreign country.

Here is the process to apply for work permit in France

France is a country that offers multiple options in terms of long-stay work visas. It is essential to apply under the work visas mentioned below to stay in France for more than three months. The eligibility requirements for these visas will vary where it is a must for an individual to meet the needs of a particular visa they are applying for. The different visa categories are:

French Salaried Employees Visa

This visa is for those wishing to work in France for up to a year. One must submit a work contract from the employee for this visa endorsed by the DIRECCTE (Direction Regionale des enterprises, de la concurrence et de la consummation, du travail et de l’emploi).

French Work Visa for Professionals and independent workers:

Some professions, such as doctors, lawyers, architects, bailiffs, notaries, judicial administrators, and general insurance agents, require authorization from the relevant professional body. If you belong to any of these professions, ensure that you have the relevant authorities before applying for a visa.

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French International Organization work visa

This visa is for individuals working with an international organization who must go on an official assignment to France.

Required documents

To work in France, one requires a residence permit and a work permit. The documents needed for a work permit application are:

  • Completed visa application form
  • Two recent passport-size photos
  • Passport valid for a minimum of 3 months after the end of your planned stay in France
  • Proof of funds to support your stay
  • Certificate of criminal records
  • Proof of payment of visa fees

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Process of application

You can book an appointment online where some countries do not offer this option. Ensure to go to the embassy or consulate and book an appointment. On the day of your interview, pay the visa fees and save the receipt you receive, as you will need it as proof of having paid the fee.

Attending the interview

On the day of your appointment, ensure to be on time for the interview because getting a work permit is the first crucial step to working in France.

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