In recent years,
France has tightened immigration laws to reduce the number of unskilled workers
entering the country. However, the country's immigration policy still allows
for companies to hire foreigners, and will admit a limited number of skilled
workers into the country through its Work Permit program.
To qualify for entry
into France through the Work Permit program, you must either already be employed by a company based in France, that has an office in France or have received a new job
offer from such a company. Your employer or prospective employer must file
paperwork to request that you and your family be permitted to enter France and
reside in the country. The Work Permit process is lengthy, and if the
credential is issued, it is contingent upon you and your family passing medical
examinations upon arrival.
There are three levels of Work Permits issued in France.
The â€œCadre Dirigeantâ€ or High-Ranking Executive Designation Work
This permit allows for expedited entry into the country, but is reserved for only
a small number of people. To qualify for this type of Work Permit, you must
meet minimum salary, seniority and tenure qualifications. The laws are very
complicated, so in most cases employers hire legal counsel to help them
determine whether or not an employee can qualify for a Work Permit in this
The "Detachment" or Temporary Work Permit
This permit is available to those who will
be living in France to complete a specific project, fill a short-term vacancy
or otherwise work on French soil for a limited period of time. This type of Work
Permit is quicker to obtain than the third, general type, but is unavailable to
anyone whose move to France is deemed as permanent.
The General Work Permit
This is the final option
available both to new hires and seasoned employees who do not meet all of the
requirements for the cadre dirigeant permit.
For more information about immigrating to France
or planning your overseas move, contact us at Chess Moving.