(ICT) France Seconded Employees

If you run a company outside the Europen Union (EU) and wish to transfer employees to your French subsidiary, they might need ICT or Seconded Employee Visas.

The ICT Visa France allows for seamless intra-company transfers. For more information or assistance, talk to our immigration lawyers at +1 844 290 6312 or contact us online.

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    France (ICT) Visa Overview

    The France Intra-Corporate Transferees (ICT) Visa, also known as the Seconded Employee Visa (Salarié détaché ICT), is for non-EU citizens who are employed via an overseas corporation and temporarily seconded or transferred to a company in France to carry out high-expertise assignments.

    Employees transferring to France for a long-term project should apply for an ICT France Visa, which comes with a multi-year residence permit lasting up to three years. If the collaboration is short-term and lasts less than a year, the seconded employee requires an ICT Long-Stay Visa (visa de long séjour valant titre de séjour–VLS-TS).

    As the posted employees are temporary workers, the ICT residence cards aren’t renewable. Once the assignment concludes, they must either return to their country of origin or apply for a residence permit that allows them to be a salaried employee in France.

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    ICT France Seconded Employee Eligibility Criteria

    To be eligible for the ICT Visa France, your employees of non-French origin must meet the following requirements:

    • Demonstrate a minimum of six months of seniority within the corporate group
    • Should be a specialist, senior manager, or trainee
    • A valid employment contract with their home company specifying the terms of the transfer
    • Proof that their home and host companies in France are part of the same corporate group
    • Salary equivalent to the same position in France
    • Relevant higher education qualifications

    If the secondment is for training in the France ICT market, proof should be submitted showing that the training session is relevant to your employee’s professional growth.

    Your business should also meet the following criteria:

    • Be a legally registered entity in the country you operate in.
    • Your company and the host company should belong to the same corporate group.
    • Provide proof that the employment mission complies with French labor laws.
    • Complete a CERFA no./Form 15619

    Algerian employees are exempt from the ICT Visa requirement. They will be granted a French work permit after they provide an employment contract. Once they arrive in France, they will be given a certificate of residence as a temporary worker that will allow them to reside in France for one year, after which it can be renewed.

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      The Different Types of Residencies for Seconded Employees

      There are two types of ICT Visa France, and the right one for your employee depends primarily on the duration of the intra-corporate transfer project.

      Long-Stay Visa (VL-TS) 

      If your ICT seconded employees are being sent to France to participate in a training course or a collaboration that lasts less than a year, they would not require a residence permit and should apply for a Long-Stay Visa (VL-TS).

      ICT Seconded Employee Residence Card 

      Your seconded employees should apply for a multi-year residence permit if their mission lasts more than a year. The Seconded Employee Residence Card is non-renewable and valid for up to three years.

      The Requirements for Obtaining an ICT Seconded Employee Residence Card

      To send your employees on an intra-corporate transfer mission to France, you should ensure:

      • The seconded employee is a foreigner
      • Have a Long-Stay Visa.
      • Has the expertise to occupy a senior management role.
      • Held a senior position for at least 6 months.
      • Have a valid employment contract

      Your employees should also submit the following documentation:

      • Long-Stay Visa
      • Proof of residence in France (dated within the last three months)
      • Employment agreement
      • Passport (plus copies of the stamped pages)
      • Three passport-sized photographs
      • Proof of seniority
      • Educational and professional certifications
      • Proof that your company and the host company in France belong to the same corporate group.
      • Proof that the employment mission complies with French labor laws.
      • Completed CERFA no./Form 15619*01
      • Proof of salary that is equal to the pay for the same role in France, or at least 1.8 times France’s national minimum wage.

      The requirements for professional work placement in France can vary occasionally. If you have queries about sending your employees to the country on an important mission, our immigration experts at Total Law can help.

      The Requirements to Obtain a Long-Stay Visa (VL-TS) for ICT Employees

      The Long Stay Visa allows your seconded employees to remain in France for less than one year to fulfill their work contract. Your employees will need to apply for a VL-TS and submit the following documents:

      • Completed and signed VL-TS visa application CERFA no./Form 14571*05.
      • Completed CERFA no./Form 15619*01
      • Signed internship contract (if applicable).
      • Passport issued within the last ten years, valid for up to three years, and valid for up to three months beyond the visa expiration date.
      • Two recent passport-sized photographs.
      • Proof of at least six months of seniority.
      • Medical travel insurance.
      • Criminal background certificate.
      • Proof of accommodation in France.
      • Signed employment contract outlining the terms of employment and deployment
      • Evidence of gross salary equal to or higher than the national minimum wage.
      • Proof of relationship between the overseas employer and the host company in France.
      • Proof of payment for the Long-Stay visa application fee.

      Official documents in a language other than French should be translated and certified. Our immigration lawyers can help with information on how you can get your employees’ documents translated for ICT visa applications.

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        The Application Process for France ICT Permit

        The first official document required for your employee to be eligible for an ICT permit is the Long-Stay Visa. It takes around 30 days to obtain a VL-TS after applying. So, your seconded employee must apply for a VL-TS at least three months prior to their anticipated travel date.

        The application can be made at the French consulate or embassy in their country of residence. To apply they will need to:

        • Complete the online application
        • Book an appointment with the local visa application center.
        • Attend the appointment with the completed application form, biometric data and other documents.
        • Pay the visa application fee.

        Once your ICT posted employee is granted a Long-Stay Visa, they can travel to France. After arriving in the country, they must validate their visa online through the French Ministry of Interior’s official website within three months.

        To validate their visa, your seconded employee should provide the following:

        • Visa details
        • Address in France
        • Date of arrival in France
        • Credit/debit card details for online payment of the resident permit fee (if applicable)

        If the seconded employee’s mission lasts less than a year, they will receive a VLS-TS marked “Intra-Corporate Transferee”. If they will be working in France for more than a year they must apply for an ICT residence card at the Prefecture closest to their location.

        The application should be submitted within two months of arrival, and failing to do so would mean they would have to leave France.

        When your employee has been seconded to a company in another EU country that has the same rules and regulations as ICT Visa France, they can be transferred to and can work in France using the residence permit they have been granted in the first EU country. If this is the case, you should fill out a predefined form notifying the prefecture of the region where the French company is based.

        After receiving the form, the prefect will register your request and send a confirmation receipt to the first EU country’s company. Your employee can start working in France after receiving this confirmation receipt.

        The Cost of Obtaining a France ICT Visa

        Typically, the fee for professional work placement varies depending on the ICT visa type.

        • €99 for a Long Stay Visa application
        • €200 for a multi-year ICT permit
        • €25 in stamp duty
        • €225 if your employee needs a residence permit for their spouse

        Family Joining Seconded Employees

        Seconded employees can bring their spouse or children to France through the “accompanying family” procedure. Each family member should apply for a Long-Stay Visa at the French embassy/consulate in their home country.

        If their partner wishes to work, they should apply for a Talent Passport Visa France. These permits can be renewed for the entire duration of your employee’s ICT residence permit. Children under 18 don’t require a residence permit.

        The family members must provide the following documents to apply for a resident permit.

        • Copy of their travel documents
        • Copy of the seconded employee’s residence permit
        • Marriage or birth certificate to confirm their status as family members

        Seconded Employee in France Rights and Benefits

        Under normal circumstances, a posted employee cannot change the status for a new position in another company. Nonetheless, they can bring family members through a Family Passport Talent Residence Permit (grants right to work in France) or a Seconded Employee ICT Family Residence Permit.

        Seconded employees are eligible for a gross salary equivalent to or higher than 1.8 times the minimum full-time monthly gross wage in France.

        In addition, they are entitled to the same work conditions and benefits as local employees. This means fair treatment in terms of working hours, paid leaves, overtime payments, insurance, and other employment-related factors.

        You may provide your seconded employees with language support or training to make their life in France easier.

        Employers must also cater to the seconded employees’ accommodation, meals, transport, and other business expenses incurred during their time in France.

        Additionally, as an employer, you might be responsible for offering healthcare benefits to your seconded employees as well as their family members.

        Total Law Can Help Your Company

        Sending your employees to your subsidiary office in France can be complicated and, if not carefully handled, can lead to unnecessary delays, rejection, or even legal implications for both your business and the employees.

        Our immigration lawyers at Total Law can help take the stress out of sending your employees for secondment in France. We have years of expertise in helping businesses stay compliant and can guide you and your employees in submitting the essential documents and forms for the ICT France Visa. Call us at +1 844 290 6312 or contact us through our website for immediate assistance.

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                  ICT-posted employees generally are restricted from changing their employment status to work in another company or group. In addition, the ICT Visa France is granted for specific purposes, and changes should be considered carefully and in compliance with French immigration regulations.

                  The fact sheet for seconded employees refers to a guide that contains all necessary information related to intra-company transfers. This includes terms and conditions, regulations, family-related permits, and any other restrictions. In addition, it may contain details about the benefits for ICT-posted employees, social security contributions, and other considerations.

                  The distinction between an ICT-seconded employee and a mobile ICT-seconded employee lies in where the residence permit of secondment is issued. The ICT-seconded employee is a staff sent from a company outside the EU on a mission to their subsidiary host in France. Meaning, the residence permit for the seconded employee is issued by the French government.

                  A mobile ICT-seconded employee is a staff who has been posted to France after their initial posting to another EU member state. Such an employee holds a residence permit issued by the country where they were first posted and can work in France using the same permit.