Salaried employment

Posting paid employees and internal transfers


Posting to provide services in France

Your situation

Your employer, operating outside the European Economic Area, asks you to fulfil your employment contract by completing a one-off mission in a French company (or organisation) in order to provide a service to a French client or on its behalf.

Requirement to obtain prior authorisation to work

Your employer or the French company benefiting from this service must obtain a work permit from the French authorities using form 15187*02.

This prior authorisation is not necessary if, during your secondment/posting (of a duration less than or equal to 90 days), you are performing:

  • An audit or expert assessment in the field of IT, management, finance, insurance, architecture and engineering;
  • A teaching activity (on an occasional basis) as a salaried guest teacher.

Your visa

  • If your mission or service obligation does not exceed 90 days, you will be issued with a short-stay visa equivalent to the length of the posting declared by your employee. You must leave France before the expiry date shown on your visa.
  • If your mission or service obligation exceeds 90 days, you will be issued with a long-stay visa, bearing the statement “travailleur temporaire” (temporary worker). You must validate it within three months following your arrival in France.

Your supporting documentation

Along with your visa application, you must also submit the work permit that was granted to your employer. Details about the supporting documents related to your personal situation and your professional qualifications are given in the visa wizard.

Important: Unless exempt from obtaining a work permit, you must prove that the missions and temporary activities you will perform in France are exempt and are related to the functions you carry out in your company in your country.


Posting or recruitment by a French company that belongs to the same international group

Your situation

For at least three months you have been employed in a company located outside the European Economic Area that belongs to an international group of companies. Your employer has asked you to carry out an expert assessment or follow a training course in a French company or organisation belonging to the same group.

Requirement to obtain prior authorisation to work

Your employer or the manager of the French company in the group hosting you must obtain this work permit from the French authorities using form 15187*02.

Your visa

  • You will be issued with a short-stay visa, which covers the duration of your mission (90 days maximum). You must leave France before the expiry date shown on your visa;
  • You will be issued with a long-stay visa, equivalent to a residence permit, bearing the statement “travailleur temporaire” (temporary worker), which will allow you to stay in France for between three and twelve months. You must validate it in the three months following your arrival in France.

Your supporting documentation

Along with your visa application, you must also submit the work permit that was granted to your employer. The supporting documents you will need to submit about your personal and professional situation are given in the visa wizard.


Internal transfers –ICT– to carry out a senior management assignment or an assignment involving high-level expertise or a work placement

Your situation

For at least three months you have been employed in a company located outside the European Economic Area that belongs to an international group of companies.

You carry out higher management functions and your employer has asked you to carry out a high level senior management or expert assessment mission.

You hold a higher education qualification and your employer has asked you to follow a training course in a group company or entity. This training session is designed so that you can develop as a professional or gain the methods and techniques required by companies.

Your visa

  • For a mission of over 12 months:

You will be granted a long-stay visa bearing the statement “salarié détaché ICT” (ICT posted employee), which is valid for three years; this period of validity commences on the date of your arrival in France. In the two months following your arrival in France, you must apply for a multi-year residence permit at your local police station.

  • For a mission not exceeding 12 months or a training course that must not exceed 12 months:

You will be issued with a short-stay visa, equivalent to a residence permit, bearing the statement “stagiaire ICT" (ICT trainee). You must validate it within the three months following your arrival in France.

Making your stay easier for you and your family

Your family may accompany you i.e. your spouse, and your or your spouse's children entering their 18th year. They must apply for a visa in order to obtain a multi-year or temporary residence permit bearing the statement “salarié détaché ICT” (ICT posted employee) or “stagiaire ICT” (ICT trainee).

The issued permit will have the same duration as your residence permit and will authorise your family members to work.

Your supporting documentation

Your employer and the head of the company. where you will carry out your senior management or expert assessment mission must give details in form 15619*01 about the conditions of your employment contract. This form will be accompanied by documents about your employer’s situation.

Your employer or the head of the French company hosting you for training must send the French authorities (for validation) the training agreement (pdf) (in French only) drawn up by the two companies or organisations.

You must submit these forms and documents with your visa application and any supporting documents about your personal and professional situation as explained in the visa wizard.


Recruitment of employees and seasonal workers


Short- or long-term recruitment

Your situation

Your employment contract will be either a fixed-term or a permanent contract.

Your employer can be a private employer (a domestic job), a company or another type of organisation.

Requirement to obtain prior authorisation to work

Any employer or company operating in France wishing to recruit you must first request authorisation from the French authorities using form 15187*02.

Your employer is exempt from this obligation, if your employment contract does not exceed or is equal to 90 days and concerns:

  • Sporting, cultural, artistic or scientific events;
  • Conferences, seminars or trade fairs;
  • The production and distribution of cinematographic or audio-visual performances or music publishing for artists and technicians directly involved in production and realization;
  • Providing teaching activities, on an occasional basis, by visiting salaried teachers in France;
  • Providing your employer’s services (not companies) during your stay in France.

This exemption also applies to modelling and artistic posing activities. Important: if you are represented by a modelling agency, it must complete form: agreement for collaborating with a foreign model (pdf) (in French only);

Your visa

Your visa will reflect the duration of your stay in France and the nature of your employment contract:

  • A short-stay visa with a maximum validity period of 180 days with a consecutive presence (or not) equal to at least 90 days;
  • A long-stay visa equivalent to a 12-month residence permit (maximum):
    • Bearing the statement “salarié” (employee) for a permanent employment contracts;
    • Bearing the statement “travailleur temporaire” (temporary worker) for fixed-term contracts;
    • You must validate it within the three months following your arrival in France.

Your supporting documentation

Along with your visa application, you must also submit the work permit that was granted to your employer. If you are employed by a private individual, you must also submit the hiring form (pdf) duly signed and completed by your employer.

The required supporting documents related to your personal and professional situation are indicated in the visa wizard.

Important : if you are exempt from obtaining a work permit, you must prove that the missions and temporary activities you will be required to provide in France are exempt and are related to the functions that you carry out for your employer in your country.


Seasonal worker

Your situation

You can be hired as a “travailleur saisonnier” (seasonal worker) i.e. a job linked to seasonal requirements such as tourism and agriculture. As a foreign employee, you are not permitted to work in France for more than six months in any twelve-month rolling year.

You can have several employers; however, they will all have to request authorisation for you to work using form 15187*02.

Your visa

As a seasonal worker, you will be issued a multi-year residence permit bearing the statement “travailleur saisonnier” (seasonal worker). A long-stay visa, bearing the statement “travailleur saisonnier”. In the two months following your arrival in France, you must visit your local police station to request a multi-year residence permit bearing the statement “travailleur saisonnier”.

For the following seasonal contracts, your employer must re-apply for a work permit. During the validity period of your multi-year residence permit, you will not need a visa to enter France and take up a new seasonal job but your new employer(s) must obtain a work permit for you which you will have to show at the border.

Your supporting documentation

Along with your visa application, you must also submit the work permit that was granted to your employer. Details about the supporting documents you will need to submit related to your personal and professional situation are given in the visa wizard.


Teaching activities


Language assistant

Your situation

You can be recruited as a language assistant in a French public educational institution.

The following website has very useful information: Ciep.fr .

You may apply for your visa once you have received your letter of appointment stamped by the French authorities, which you must enclose with your visa application. Your stay must not exceed seven months.

Your visa

You will be issued with a long-stay visa, equivalent to a residence permit, bearing the statement “travailleur temporaire” (temporary worker).

You must validate it within the three months following your arrival in France.


Foreign-language reader or teacher

Your situation

You are participating in an international exchange programme between educational establishments as a foreign-language reader or teacher.

The host establishment must first apply for a work permit from the French authorities using the form 15187*02 except if the duration of your employment contract or secondment/posting contract does not exceed three months

Your visa

If the duration of your employment contract exceeds three months, you will be issued with a long-stay visa equivalent to a residence permit, bearing the statement “travailleur temporaire” (temporary worker). You must validate it within three months following your arrival in France.

If the duration of your employment contract is equal to or less than three months, you will be issued with a short-stay visa.

You want to come to France to teach your language to children of immigrant origin in France, please check the conditions in the “Special features" applicable to your country.

Your supporting documentation

You must enclose the work permit that was granted with your visa application and any supporting documents related to your personal and professional situation. Details can be found in the visa wizard.

If you are exempt from obtaining a work permit, you must prove your teaching activities.


Model or assistant

You work as a model or are a professional assistant:


Working with a French modelling agency

Your situation

You have signed a collaboration agreement with a modelling agency (hairdressers, make-up artists, photographers, etc.) which has obtained a licence in France, you must enclose the agreement for collaborating with a foreign model (pdf) form (in French only) (duly filled in by your agency) with your visa application.

Your visa

You will be issued with a short-stay visa with a maximum validity period of 180 days with a consecutive presence (or not) equal to at least 90 days.

If your paid work as an employee in France exceeds six months, your modelling agency must apply for a work permit. For more information, please read the “Short- or long-term recruitment” section.


Models and assistants who have not signed an agreement with a French agency

Your situation

You have been recruited by a French or foreign employer as a model or assistant (hairdressers, make-up artists, photographers, etc.).

  • Employment contract of three months or more:

You must enclose with your visa application: the employment contract and any elements justifying your participation in the event, fashion show, photo sessions, etc.

  • Employment contract exceeding three months:

Your employer must apply for a work permit. For more information, please consult the “ Short- or long-term recruitment” section.

Your visa

For an employment contract of three months or more, you will be issued with a short-stay visa with a maximum validity period of 180 days with a consecutive presence (or not) equal to at least 90 days.

Your supporting documentation

Along with your visa application, you must also submit the work permit that was granted to your employer.

The required supporting documents related to your personal and professional situation are indicated in the visa wizard.


Other professions


Medical profession

Medical professions are regulated in France. To engage in any activities in these domains, you must meet the nationality and qualification conditions, and be registered on the professional order of physicians (in French only).

Your situation

  • Associate practitioner or contracted practitioner in a French public hospital
    • You hold a degree in medicine obtained in a European Union member state.
    • You hold a qualification allowing you to practice in your country or in the country where you graduated, and you have obtained ministerial authorisation recognised by the Ministry of Health.

Upon your arrival in France, you must register on the professional order of physicians (in French only).

  • Senior registrar or associate assistant

You are a national of a country in a priority solidarity zone (ZSP) and you have been selected by the cultural service of the French Embassy and you are committed to returning to your country after one year of association.

  • Obligations for heads of hospitals

The head of a hospital who plans to recruit you, after having drawn up a certificate on your ability to practice in France, must first obtain a work permit using form 15187*02.

Your visa

You will be issued with a long-stay visa, equivalent to a residence permit, bearing the statement “travailleur temporaire” (temporary worker).
following your arrival in France and before starting to practice, you must register on the professional order of physicians (in French only).

Certain facilities are in place for some nationalities, please consult your country’s " Special features ".

Your supporting documents

Along with your visa application, you must also submit the work permit that was granted to your employer.

The required supporting documents related to your personal and professional situation are indicated in the visa wizard.


Airline crew working for an airline

You do not require a visa to circulate in an airport and in any neighbouring premises during your stopover.

Your situation

This exemption applies to current holders of an airline crew licence or a crew member certificate, if your country has signed the Chicago Convention on International Civil Aviation.

If you do not meet these conditions, please refer to the rules applicable to your nationality.


Internships


Professional internships (paid employees)

Your situation

You are an employee and your foreign employer asks you to follow a professional training course:

  • In a French training organisation, which must be declared to the French authorities;
  • In a French company with which you hold commercial relations.

Your visa

  • If the training course does not exceed three months, you will be issued with a short-stay visa;
  • If the training course exceeds three months, you will be issued with a long-stay visa, equivalent to a residence permit, bearing the statement “stagiaire” (trainee). You must validate it in the three months following your arrival in France.

In a French company belonging to the same international group of companies as your employer, you must meet the required conditions in order to obtain a multi-year residence permit (ICT) or your employer has obtained a work permit on your behalf.

Your supporting documentation

You must sign an training agreement (pdf) (in French only) with your employer, the training organisation or the host company. It must be included in your visa application.

If the duration of your internship exceeds three months, the agreement must be sent to the French authorities by your French company or the training organisation you are attending; failing this, the association which arranged your internship/training. You must enclose this validated agreement with your visa application.


Associate intern doctor or pharmacist

In the framework of international hospital cooperation, you can follow an additional practical training course in a French public hospital.

Your situation

You are a doctor with a degree in medicine or pharmacy that allows you to practice in your country or in the country where you graduated.

Your visa

You will be issued with a long-stay visa, equivalent to a residence permit, bearing the statement “stagiaire” (trainee). You must validate in the three months following your arrival in France.

Your supporting documentation

You must have previously signed a personal agreement with the establishment that is hosting you (pdf) (in French only) for a period of six months, which may be renewed once. It must be validated by the French authorities before you apply for your visa.


Nursing internship

In the framework of international cooperation between hospitals, you can follow an additional practical training course in a French public hospital.

Your situation

You hold a nursing diploma allowing you to practice in your country of origin or in the country where you graduated.

Your visa

You will be issued with a long-stay visa, equivalent to a residence permit, bearing the statement “stagiaire” (trainee). You must validate in the three months following your arrival in France.

Your supporting documentation

You must have previously signed a personal agreement with the establishment that is hosting you (pdf) (in French only) for a period of six months, which may be renewed once. It must be validated by the French authorities before you apply for your visa.