In France, one job out of ten is occupied by a foreigner. However, in order to work, the conditions may vary according to their situation:
- EU nationals, of Iceland, of Liechtenstein, of Norway and Switzerland, don’t need work authorization.
- A non-European foreign worker must have a work authorization in order to work. This authorization can be a visa, a residence card or another certificate depending on different situations.
The work authorization is mandatory in order to be employed. To work without it as a stranger is illegal. An employer can risk 15 000 euros fine and 5 years of imprisonment.
You can receive a multi-year residence card talent passport if you are highly qualified, willing to start a company or to invest in France, or if you are an artist. It is available for 4 years max and renewable.
If you come as an executive or an expert for a mission in a company, you can ask for a residence card ICT seconded employee. The card is available for 3 years max.
Foreign students can work during their course with their student residence card . They don’t need a working visa as long as they do not work more than 60 % of the legal annual working time (50 % for Algerians). Beyond that, their work visa can be withdrawn.
Also exists, as agreed with some certain countries, a working holiday visa for 18 to 30 years old available for 12 months. It allowed them to visit France for 1 year and offer them the possibility to work in order to supplement their resources.
To go further
Official website for visas in France
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