France lets work permits for non-EU workers to be applied online

France launches new online platform for work permit

The government of France has announced the launch of an online service for non-EU nationals willing to work overseas in France. This new online service will help them get work permits for which they can apply via this service.

This online service has been commenced on April 6, 2021.

Applying for a work permit has become mandatory for employers in France who want to hire non-EU nationals. This group of people now include UK nationals too. This mandatory work permit is known as “autorisation de travail”. It’s necessary for certain job categories.

EU nationals and those from the countries in the Schengen Zone don’t require a work permit to be employed in France.

A more straightforward process with regards to issuing work permits is the major advantage of this new improvement for the French employers. The new online platform has been launched as part of the modernization of the work application process of foreign nationals.

The Ministry of Interior of France has stated that the work permit applications will be examined by 6 inter-regional platforms. These platforms were created after transferring the task to the Ministry. The transfer was done as part of the reform of the regional organization of the State.

A seventh national platform is now dedicated to application processing for seasonal workers. The issuance of residence permits to concerned foreign employers will be managed by the préfectures.

For all individuals without a passport from an EU or Schengen Zone country, it’s compulsory to have a work permit to participate in temporary and permanent work contracts. Work permits are also required to do seasonal work.

Students who wish to work in France while doing their studies must also have work permits.

Moreover, if a foreign worker has more than one employer, each of them will need to apply for a separate work permit. However, this comes with exceptions, which are for people:

  • Working at a seminar or an exhibition
  • Working at a scientific, cultural, or sport event
  • Creating and broadcasting cinematographic and audio-visual works, such as concerts
  • Providing expertise in IT, finance, architecture, insurance, engineering, management, and following a service agreement
  • Modeling
  • Teaching

As of April 7, even international students studying in France can submit digital copies of their supporting documents required to complete their application online for a visa. Only long-term student visa applicants can access this feature.

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