Long Stay Visa to work in France

WORKING IN FRANCE

Most foreigners must obtain a work contract approved by the "Direction Régionale des Entreprises, de la Concurrence, de la Consommation, du Travail et de l’Emploi" DIRECCTE (formely known as the DDTEFP) (local division of the Labor Department in France) and a special long-stay visa issued by the Consulate before leaving for France. This rule applies also to transfers to subsidiaries of foreign companies in France.

Do I need a visa?

- YES, except if you are a citizen of one of the following countries:

Austria Belgium Czech Republic Denmark Estonia Finland France
Germany Greece Hungary Iceland Italy Latvia Liechtenstein
Lithuania Luxembourg Malta The Netherlands Norway Poland Portugal
Slovakia Slovenia Spain Sweden Switzerland

How to obtain this visa?

Any foreigner wishing to work in France must be hired by a company on his/her own.

Then the employer in France must draw up a work contract and send it to the local Employment Office "Direction Régionale des Entreprises, de la Concurrence, de la Consommation, du Travail et de l’Emploi’" DIRECCTE (formely known as the DDTEFP), in other words, French Ministry of Labour). This contract if approved, will be sent for final approval to the revelant OFII office (Office Français de l’Immigration et de l’Integration).

Once endorsed by the OFII office, the contract is directly transmitted to the appropriate French Consulate, depending on the place of residency of the visa applicant.

Note that if the worker wishes to move to France with a spouse and/or children, it is imperative that the procedure of "accompanying family member" be started by the employer through the OFII along with the employee’s file.

Once the file has been transfered, the consulate will send an e-mail to the applicant or a letter to the home address if the e-mail is not indicated on the work authorization.
Then the applicant will have to apply for the visa.

If the consulate has not contacted you yet, it means that our office has not yet received your work authorization. Please be patient and wait for our e-mail or mail (double check your spam mailbox as well).

Please note that the complete process to obtain a work authorization usually takes several weeks/months.

PROCESSING TIME

Once the consulate has received the work authorisation approval and once the applicant has applied at the consulate, the processing time is:

- About 7-14 days for United States, Canadian and Mexican citizens
- A minimum of 14 days for other nationalities

APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS

Please provide us with the ORIGINAL + 1 COPY of each document PER APPLICANT including passport and relevant pages.
One passport = one set of visa documents (i.e. a family of 4 visa applicants = 4 sets of visa documents)
THE VISA SECTION DOES NOT MAKE ANY COPIES. INCOMPLETE APPLICATIONS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED

1— PROOF OF RESIDENCY IN OUR CONSULATE’S JURISDICTION

The French Consulate in Los Angeles only accept applicants who are residents from:
Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, Southern California, and Southern Nevada.

You will have to show us at least ONE of the following documents:

  • a valid driver license or state ID or temporary state ID from one of these states, which must be located in the consulate’s jurisdiction (click here for a map)
  • or an original lease or rental agreement or house deed in the applicant’s name with an address located in the consulate’s jurisdiction.

2 — ORIGINAL PASSPORT

- Original passport (+ ONE COPY of the identity pages)

  • Must be valid for at least six months after your return to the US
  • Has least two blank pages left to affix the visa (amendment pages are not suitable for visas).
  • Has been delivered less than 10 years ago (first issuance)
  • Be in good condition.

    Refugee travel documents and US Re-entry permits are not accepted.
    Diplomatic and special passports are not accepted

3 — PROOF OF LEGAL RESIDENCY IN THE UNITED STATES

- If you are not a U.S. citizen: a valid U.S. permanent residence card ("green card") or a valid U.S. visa with valid I-94 or valid I-20, or an Advance Parole document. (+ ONE COPY)

  • B1-B2 visa holders: Please, apply in the country of your residence. No visas will be delivered to foreigners holding U.S B1-B2 visas.

4 — APPLICATION FORM

- One long stay visa APPLICATION FORM filled out completely and signed by the applicant. Please remember to indicate a date of departure from the US to France on question number 26.

5 — PASSPORT PHOTOGRAPH

- One ID picture. Do not glu or staple. 2x2”. No older than 6 months, in color, on a plain white background, on photo quality paper, your face must fill about 75-80% of the photograph, no glasses, no smiling, taken facing the camera, no side or angled view, uncovered except for religious reasons

6 — APPLICATION FEES

- Processing fee (Visa/Mastercard ONLY, by debit card). to be paid in person on the day of your appointment.

7 — LETTER FROM THE FRENCH CONSULATE

- Provide the letter sent to you by this French consulate stating that we have received your work authorization listing the documents to provide for your visa appointment

8 — OFII RESIDENCY FORM

- The OFII residence form (in French) duly filled out (upper part only) (+ ONE COPY)
For further information, please check the residence permit page.

9 — A SELF-ADDRESSED FEDEX AIRBILL AND ENVELOPE

- To mail back your passport, please provide a self-addressed FedEx Express "US Airbill" and FedEx enveloppe for the mailing of your passport in the United States, or a prepaid online FedEx Express Airbill. One envelope per family (maximum 6 passports per envelope)

  • for US Airbill, please fill out your own address twice (you are the sender AND the recipient):
Sender:
Your name and address
Select shipping preference
Recipient:
Your name and address
Billing information
  • We will NOT accept other methods of delivery: (NO USPS, NO UPS, NO FedEx "Ground/Home" or International service)

Please do NOT write the address of the consulate on the airbill

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IMPORTANT INFORMATION


- The consular administration has full authority to evaluate and request more documents than those submitted by the applicant.
- Please be aware that submitting the aforementioned documents does not guarantee the approval of the visa.
- The French Consulate in Los Angeles can refuse the issuance of a visa.

MAKE AN APPOINTMENT

Every applicant must apply in person and must make an appointment on our website. No exceptions. Fingerprints and a photograph must be taken in our premises in Los Angeles.

- If you are not able to attend, please free a slot by canceling or rescheduling your appointment by logging back in the appointment system and click on “changing your appointment”.

You will need your “LAX” confirmation number and passport number.

- One appointment = one person (for instance, family of four must take four appointments)

  • Due to the high number of applicants, the French Consulate reserves the right to cancel appointments made by the same person on the same day (or even on two different dates).

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Dernière modification : 14/04/2016

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