Do you need a work permit?

To work in France, whether you are a foreign employee in a company based in France or abroad,  you will need a work permit. This official document allows you to take up a paid employment in the country.

There may also be cases where a work permit exemption applies, and where residence permits can be used as a work permit.

What is a work permit?

A work permit may take various forms:

  • A long-stay visa equivalent to a residence permit (VLS-TS)
  • A residence permit authorizing the holder to take up paid employment
  • A specific work permit for people whose residence permit does not allow them to work