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Employee foreigner: How are work authorisations issued?

Verified 01 January 2023 - Directorate for Legal and Administrative Information (Prime Minister)

When a foreigner requests a work permit, it is granted if the request meets the conditions cumulative for the proposed employment, the employer, the occupation and the remuneration.

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General case

Work authorisation shall be granted where the application fulfils one of the following conditions:

  • The proposed employment is included in the list of power trades
  • The proposed job offer was published for 3 weeks with the agencies involved in the public employment service (e.g. Pôle emploi) and no valid applications were received

Foreigner with a "student" or "mobility student" residence card

Work authorisation shall be granted where the application fulfils one of the following conditions:

  • The proposed employment is included in the list of power trades
  • The proposed job offer was published for 3 weeks with the agencies involved in the public employment service (e.g. Pôle emploi) and no valid applications were received

In addition, if the foreigner has completed its course in France, the job offered must correspond with the diplomas and experience acquired in France or abroad.

Foreigner with a "job search / company creation" card

Work authorisation shall be granted where the application meets the following conditions:

  • The foreigner submits an employment contract in relation to his training or research
  • His remuneration shall be at least equal to €2,563.92

If these conditions are not met, work authorisation may also be granted if:

  • The proposed employment is included in the list of power trades
  • The proposed job offer was published for 3 weeks with the agencies involved in the public employment service (e.g. Pôle emploi) and no valid applications were received

Foreigner student with a degree equivalent to the Master's degree

Work authorisation shall be granted where the application meets the following conditions:

  • The student is entitled to a contract of employment in relation to his training
  • His remuneration shall be at least equal to €2,563.92

If these conditions are not met, work authorisation may also be granted if:

  • The proposed employment is included in the list of power trades
  • The proposed job offer was published for 3 weeks with the agencies involved in the public employment service (e.g. Pôle emploi) and no valid applications were received

Work authorisation is granted when the application meets the following 2 conditions:

  • The employer is up to date with his social statements
  • He was not convicted of illegal labour

The administration must not have found a serious breach of the general health and safety regulations in the company.

No administrative penalties for posting employees or illegal work should have been imposed on him.

When regulated profession, work authorisation shall be granted where the prescribed conditions of exercise are met by the employer or the employee.

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