France launches online portal for work permits for foreign workers

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France launches online portal for work permits for foreign workers


An employer in France who wants to hire a non-European national – which now includes Britons as well as Americans, Canadians, Australians, etc. Work Authorization (work permit) for certain types of work.
This is in addition to the fact that the employee obtains a work visa or residence permit and has traditionally put non-EU workers at a disadvantage, as employers often prefer to avoid the cumbersome bureaucratic procedure if there is an EU candidate. also qualified for the position.

Citizens of EU countries or the Schengen zone do not need a work permit to be employed in France.

Now, however, the process has gotten a bit easier for employers with the launch of an online portal for work permit applications.

It follows several other procedures to go online, including residence permits for certain groups and driver’s license exchanges, as France begins to drag its cumbersome bureaucratic procedures into the digital age.

Announcing the new platform, the Interior Ministry said it was a “new step in the process of modernizing foreign nationals”.

The ministry added: “The candidatures will be examined by six interregional platforms created during the transfer of this task to the Ministry of the Interior within the framework of the reform of the regional organization of the State. A seventh national platform is dedicated to processing requests from seasonal workers.

“The prefectures remain responsible for issuing residence permits to the foreign employees concerned.”

Employers can access the new platform HERE from April 6, 2021.

Who needs a work permit?

Work permits are required for permanent and temporary contracts for anyone who does not hold a passport from an EU or Schengen zone country.

Permits are also required for seasonal work such as people working the ski season, in holiday camps or harvesting, as well as for students who wish to work while studying.

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If you have more than one employer, each employer must apply for a work permit.

However, there are some exemptions from the permit requirement. They are;

  • work during a sporting, cultural or scientific event
  • work at a seminar or trade fair
  • the production and distribution of cinematographic and audiovisual works (such as musicians giving concerts)
  • modeling
  • personal services workers and domestic workers working in France during the stay of their private employer in the country.
  • carrying out an audit or expertise in IT, management, finance, insurance, architecture and engineering, as part of a service contract or an intra-company transfer agreement.
  • occasional teaching activities by guest speakers

Work permits are different from visas, so even if you are covered by a visa waiver – nationals of many countries, including the UK, do not need a visa if they are working in the EU for less than 90 days out of 180 – you will still need a work permit if you are not eligible for any of the exempt sectors listed above.

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