France Work Visa Types For UK Citizens

UK citizens can travel to France for up to 90 days in a 180-day period to conduct limited business activities. However, to stay longer or engage in contracted work with a French business, UK citizens require a work permit.

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    Different Types Of French Work Visas & Permits For UK Citizens

    The most important distinction between permits is between long-term and short-term permits.

    Employees require a short-term permit if they will be in France for under 90 days and are also engaged with a French company on an employment contract, transferring to a French branch of a UK company or providing services to a client. Undertaking any of these tasks for over 90 days will require the employee to obtain a long-term permit.

    A permit may not be needed if you or your employee are running or attending job interviews, taking part in team-building activities, meeting colleagues or carrying out fact-finding visits. Limited professional activity is allowed under a normal short-stay visa.

    For help assessing whether you or one of your employees requires a permit for a work-related visit to France, contact Total Law today at 0333 305 9375.

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      France Work Visa Requirements For UK Citizens

      Overview

      There are certain conditions and requirements that UK citizens must fulfil in order to successfully apply for a France work visa.

      These requirements change depending on your reason for entry. However, all applications require the following documents:

      • Completed permit application form signed by the employer
      • Birth certificates (for employee and any dependents)
      • Marriage certificate (where applicable)
      • Passport (for employee and any dependents)
      • Extrait Kbis (corporate registration certificates) for the French company
      • Proof that the French company is paying social security

      A further requirement for the visas covered iis that applications must be supported by an employer. Other visas, such as those intended for investors or self-employed individuals, may be acquired without employer backing.

      Contracted to a French Company on a Short-Term French Contract

      For your employee to be eligible for this work permit, you must complete a labour market test to demonstrate to the French authorities your company has been unable to hire workers from France or the European economic area.

      It is also essential that the employee is on a French payroll, so a fixed-term employment contract with the French company is required.

      To complete the application, the following are required:

      • CV
      • Diploma or professional qualification certificate
      • Signed employment contract
      • Proof of a completed labour market test

      Short-Term Transfer to a French Branch of UK Company

      A short-term intra-group transfer permit is needed to transfer an employee to a French branch of a UK company.

      To be eligible for this permit, the employee must have the necessary professional experience or academic qualifications to carry out the intended work. They must also maintain their employment contract with the UK-based company and remain on UK payroll.

      The employee must also provide:

      • CV
      • Social security certificate
      • Employment contract signed by your UK employer.
      • Relevant diploma or professional qualification certificate.
      • Organisational charts that demonstrate the business relation between the French branch and the UK branch.

      Providing Services to a Client Short-Term

      If you wish to send an employee to France to undertake paid employment on a short-term contract or work order, you will need to secure this work permit.

      To qualify, the employee must have the requisite professional experience relevant to the contract and maintain UK employment and be in the UK tax system.

      The employee will require the following documents:

      • CV
      • Diploma or evidence of professional qualifications
      • Assignment letter from UK employer
      • Contract between UK employer and French business
      • Signed employment contract between UK employee and employer

      Transferring to a French Branch of a UK-Based Company Long-Term (ICT)

      There are two types of permit for long-term transfer to a French branch of a UK company. The first is an intra-company transfer permit (ICT).

      You will need an ICT if the employee is being sent to a French branch for up to three years (or one year if the employee is a trainee).

      To qualify, the employee must be a manager, trainee or specialist with specialist knowledge in the field. They must have a bachelor’s degree in a related field or at least three years work experience. It is also necessary that they have been employed by the UK company for at least 6 months and remain on that company’s payroll whilst completing the ICT.

      To complete the application, the following documents are required:

      • Diploma or evidence of professional qualification
      • Signed assignment agreement between employee and UK employer
      • Signed employment contract between employee and UK employer
      • Organisational charts detailing the relation between UK employer and French host company

      Transferring to a French Branch of a UK-Based Company Long-Term (Temporary Workers)

      If your employee does not qualify for the long-stay ICT, they can apply for a work permit for temporary workers.

      This permit lets you move employees who are not from the European economic area to a host company in France. To qualify, the employee must have requisite professional experience and stay on the UK payroll whilst transferring to the French branch.

      The employee will require the following documents:

      • Diploma or professional qualification certificate
      • Employment contract
      • Assignment letter from the employer
      • Organisational charts showing the relation between UK and French branches
      • Evidence of French address, such as a utility bill (if also applying for a residence permit)

      There are four steps to applying for this permit. Firstly, you, the employer, must sign and submit a work permit application on behalf of the employee. Secondly, the employee must complete a long-stay visa application at the French consulate.

      Thirdly, you must submit a secondment declaration which confirms the posting of the employee. Finally, if the employee is staying for under 12 months, they must validate their long-stay visa online. If, instead, the employee is staying for over 12 months, they must submit a residence permit application in person.

      Providing Services to a Client Long-Term

      If you have a long-term contract or work order with a French company, you will need a service provider permit in order to send an employee to fulfil the contract.

      To be eligible for the service provider permit, the employee needs professional work experience in a related field. Whilst completing the work order, the employee must remain on UK payroll, maintaining their UK employment contract.

      The documents the employee will require are:

      • CV
      • Diploma or professional qualification certificate
      • If applying for a residence permit, then proof of address in France (such as utility bill)
      • Assignment letter from UK employer
      • Signed employment contract between you and the employee

      Working for a French company on a Long-Term French contract (EU Blue Card)

      The EU Blue Card is a long-term work permit for highly qualified workers. It gives UK citizens the right to live and work in an EU country such as France.

      To qualify for an EU Blue Card, the employee must be on French payroll and have an employment contract or offer of employment from a French company (for a duration of over 12 months). The employee’s salary must be over 1.5 times the average French national salary, and they must be educated to at least bachelor’s level. In lieu of a university degree, French authorities will accept applications where the applicant has at least 5 years of professional experience.

      The employee will require the following documents.

      • CV
      • Proof of address in France
      • Employment contract with French employer
      • Assignment letter from UK employer
      • Job description
      • University transcripts or proof of experience
      • Employment confirmation letters from previous employers

      Employees on Assignment Talent Passport

      If you wish to sponsor an employee on an assignment talent passport, your business must be in the same corporate group as the French company to which the employee is going.

      To be eligible, the employee must have professional experience in a related field and be educated to at least bachelor’s level. It is essential that the employee has worked with the UK employer for a minimum of 3 months.

      The employee will require the following application documents:

      • CV
      • Proof of address in France
      • Employment contract with French employer
      • Organisational charts that show the relation between UK employer and host French company

      Talent Passport for Employees of Innovative Company

      The Talent Passport is for employees planning to work for an ‘innovative’ French business. Under French law, a company is considered innovative if at least one of the following applies:

      • It received public innovation funding within the past 5 years
      • A portion of the business’ capital is held by an investment fund that specifically invests in innovative businesses.
      • The business has been supported by another type of financial support structure specifically for innovative companies in the past 5 years.

      To be eligible for a Talent Passport, the employee must have an employment offer with an innovative French company and meet minimum salary requirements. It is also essential that the employee has experience working on research and development projects or in the economic, social, international and environmental development of those projects.

      To apply, the employee requires the following documents:

      • CV
      • Detailed job description
      • Proof of address in France
      • Diploma or qualification certificate
      • University transcripts
      • Proof of French address (e.g. utility bill or tenancy agreement)
      • Employment contract with French employer
      • Proof the French company is innovative

      Qualified Employee Talent Passport

      To be eligible for this Talent Passport, the employee must have an offer of employment from a French company for a duration of at least 3 months and be on French payroll. Education to at least master’s level in a French institution is also required.

      The required documents for this Talent Passport are:

      • CV
      • Proof of French address (e.g. utility bill or tenancy agreement)
      • Detailed job description
      • Proof of address in France
      • Diploma or qualification certificate
      • University transcripts
      • Employment contract with French employer
      • Proof the French company is innovative

      Employed Artists Talent Passport

      Your employee qualifies for the Artist Talent Passport if they are a performer, author or artist of some other kind and have a paid employment contract with a French employer.

      Applicants for the Employed Artists Talent Passport will require the following documents:

      • Professional qualifications or certificates (where relevant)
      • Evidence that the applicant can support him or herself financially. This entails proving you will earn at least 70% of France’s minimum wage
      • Letter from French company or studio that demonstrates any relevant regulatory requirements have been satisfied
      • Proof of French address (e.g. tenancy agreement)
      • Employment contracts with a French company, studio or theatre.

      Providing Services To a Client Long-Term

      If you or an employee is planning on providing services to a client long-term, you’ll need a service provider permit.

      To qualify, you must demonstrate that the employee taking on the contract has relevant work experience. The employee must remain employed in the UK and be on UK payroll.

      The employee will require the following application documents:

      • Proof of French address (e.g. utility bill or tenancy agreement)
      • Detailed job description
      • Signed employment contract with UK employer
      • Contract or other work order between UK employer and the French company
      • Diploma or qualification certificate
      • Proof of address in France
      • Diploma or qualification certificate
      • University transcripts
      • Employment contract with French employer
      • Proof the French company is innovative
      • Assignment letter from UK employer

      Employees of a Young Innovative Company Talent Passport

      This talent passport is required for UK citizens to work at an innovative French company.

      The company is considered innovative in the event that:

      • It has received public support for innovation from the French government within the last five years;
      • Or, a portion of its financial resources are held by an investment fund that specialises in funding innovative companies;
      • Or, it has been supported by a financial structure which only services innovative companies in the past 5 years

      Obtaining a work permit for one of these companies may require the French company to present certificates.

      To qualify, the UK employee must

      • Have a job offer from an innovative French company
      • Meet minimum salary requirements
      • Work on research and development projects

      Research Work

      If you or an employee plan on carrying out research with a recognised French research institution, such as a university, you can apply for a residence permit.

      To be eligible, the researcher will need a signed research agreement with the research institution and be educated to at least master’s level. They also must not plan to be in France for longer than 4 years and all research activity must aim to be completed within that time frame.

      The documents required for the application are:

      • Proof of address in France, such as a tenancy agreement
      • Degree certificate proving you have at least a master’s degree
      • Host agreement with French institution

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        Applying for a Work Visa France

        The process for applying for a French work visa differs depending on which visa you are applying for.

        For instances where an employee is temporarily joining a French company short-term, the application process has two steps:

        • The employee submits a work permit application to the French visa centre or consulate. The application must be signed by the employer.
        • The employer must then submit a secondment declaration using the online SIPSI system, which confirms the details of the posting.

        If the secondment is long-term, then the long-stay visa must be validated online and the employee must submit a residence permit application. .

        Extending The Stay Of Employees On a Work Permit

        Aside from the long-term intra-company transfer permit, all of the above visas may be extended.

        All work permit extension applications must be submitted at least 2 months before the visa expires. Visa extension applications generally require the following documents:

        • Passport
        • French employer’s report detailing employee’s wages or annual social security return or the employee’s last three pay slips
        • In instances where employment levels may offer cause for rejection, evidence that the French employer is unable to locate a suitable employee in the French labour market
        • A new employment contract or amendment to an existing contract detailing employment conditions following the extension
        • If applicable, evidence that the initial assignment has been extended

        Applications for work permit extensions should be submitted in-person to a prefecture local to the employee. There is a €269 fee.

        How Total Law Can Help You

        We understand that trying to secure a work permit for France is a time-consuming and complex process.

        At Total Law, our team of professional and experienced immigration lawyers are ready to assist you in all aspects of your application.

        We can help you determine which visa is appropriate, handle the paperwork and assist you in presenting your case to the French authorities, giving you the best chance for success.

        Contact Total Law today for a consultation. Call us at 0333 305 9375 or make an online enquiry.

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                  FAQS

                  Application times vary, but your application for a France work visa will generally take between 2 and 8 weeks to be processed.

                  Whether or not you can bring your family will depend on the exact terms of your visa, however generally speaking you will be able to bring your dependents with you but not your spouse. If your spouse wishes to join you in France, they will have to secure their own visa.

                  Part of the French work visa application can be completed online, however, in some instances, you will also be required to deliver application documents to the French prefecture in person.