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Can an individual employer hire a foreigner employee?

Verified 27 July 2022 - Legal and Administrative Information Directorate (Prime Minister)

Yes, an individual employer can hire a foreigner employee. Its obligations differ according to the nationality of the employee recruited. The employee may be from a non-European foreigner, a Member State of the European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland, Monaco, Andorra, San Marino.

General case

An individual employer who hires a non-European foreigner employee shall follow the following procedure:

Please note

if the future employee is British, Algerian or has the nationality of a country which has concluded a bilateral agreement with France, it is subject to special rules.

Prior to hiring, the individual employer must first ensure that the future foreigner employee has a residence permit valid and authorising him to work.

This may include, for example, a long-stay visa valid as a residence permit, a private and family life residence permit.

The employer must make an audit request at least 2 business days before the date of hiring.

This application shall be accompanied by copy of employee's residence permit.

The request is made by e-mail or registered letter with acknowledgement to the prefecture of the department of the workplace .

Prefecture sends employer a reply in 2 business days upon receipt of the request.

In lack of response in the prefecture, the employer has fulfilled its audit obligations and can continue hiring.

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Warning  

this screening is mandatory even if the selected person already has a Social Security number or is already working with other employers.

The employer must then follow the usual hiring procedures.

If the employee does not have a Social Security number, the application for registration has special characteristics, in particular if the employer uses the universal service employment check (cesu).

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The employer uses the Universal Service Employment Check

Employee makes application for registration to Social Security directly from the Primary Health Insurance Fund of his place of residence.

In order to do this, he must provide his identity document (identity card, residence card...) and a civil registration document (birth certificate).

Who shall I contact

Other

The employer applies for registration using the form below to declare the hiring of a family job with the Urssaf.

The document is completed and sent by the employer to the Ursaaf by post or email on the organisation's website.

Declaration of Employment of a Family Job

Warning  

employing a foreigner without a regular work title is offence fined up to €15 000 and 5 years imprisonment.

EEA

An individual employer who hires an employee who is a national of a Member State of the European Economic Area.follow the following procedure:

To work in France, the European need not have a residence permit or work permit.

The employer must first ensure that the prospective employee has the supporting documents enabling him to verify his identity (identity card or passport, for example).

The employer must then follow the usual hiring procedures.

If the employee does not have a Social Security number, the application for registration has special characteristics, in particular if the employer uses the universal service employment check (cesu).

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The employer uses the Universal Service Employment Check

Employee makes application for registration to Social Security directly from the Primary Health Insurance Fund of his place of residence.

In order to do this, he must provide his identity document (identity card, residence card...) and a civil registration document (birth certificate).

Who shall I contact

Other

The employer applies for registration using the form below to declare the hiring of a family job with the Urssaf.

The document is completed and sent by the employer to the Ursaaf by post or email on the organisation's website.

Declaration of Employment of a Family Job

Switzerland, Monaco, Andorra, San Marino

An individual employer who hires an employee who is a Swiss, Monegasque, Andorran or Saint-Marinaise national shall follow the following procedure:

France has concluded agreements with these countries or principalities.

To work in France, the Swiss, Monegasque, Andorran or Saint-Marinais national need not have a residence permit or work permit.

The employer must first ensure that the prospective employee has the supporting documents enabling him to verify his identity (identity card or passport, for example).

The employer must then follow the usual hiring procedures.

If the employee does not have a Social Security number, the application for registration has special characteristics, in particular if the employer uses the universal service employment check (cesu).

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The employer uses the Universal Service Employment Check

Employee makes application for registration social security directly from the primary health insurance fund of his place of residence.

In order to do this, he must provide his identity document (identity card, residence card...) and a civil registration document (birth certificate).

Who shall I contact

Other

The employer applies for registration using the form below to declare the hiring of a family job with the Urssaf.

The document is completed and sent by the employer to the Ursaaf by post or email on the organisation's website.

Declaration of Employment of a Family Job

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