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Migrate to France -Largest country in the EU

Posted on December 7, 2020
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Work in France

France is western Europe’s largest nation. It is renowned internationally for its history, its cuisine and its wines. As one of the first global superpowers, it has long played an active role in global affairs. It is a member of the Security Council of the United Nations, a founding member of the European Union and a member of the Schengen Region of the European Union, which grants free movement in much of continental Europe.

France has a population of more than 65 million and its GDP per capita is 38,500 USD.

Immigrating to France

If you have to stay in France for longer than three months, then you will need a residence permit. It is most likely that you should secure a job in France before you move there. This is because work permits are linked to residency requirements.

France offers a number of options in case of long stay work visa. The eligibility requirements for these visas will wary and one must meet the visa requirements for the particular visa one is applying for. The various visa categories are:

French Salaried Employees Visa

This visa is for those who wish to work in France for up to a year. One must submit a work contract from the employee for this visa which is endorsed by the DIRECCTE (Direction regionale des enterprises, de la concurrence et de la consummation, du travail et de l’emploi).

French Work Visa for Professionals and independent workers

There are some professions such as doctors, lawyers, architects, bailiffs, notaries, judicial administrators and insurance general agents, that requires authorization from the relevant professional body. If you belong to any of these professions ensure that you have the relevant authorization before you apply for a visa.

French International Organization work visa

This visa is for individuals working with an international organization who have to go on an official assignment to France.

Documents required

To be able to work in France, one requires a residence permit and a work permit. The documents required for a work permit application are:

  • Completed visa application form
  • Two recent passport size photos
  • Passport valid for a minimum of 3 months after the end of your planned stay in France
  • Proof of funds to support your stay
  • Certificate of criminal record s
  • Proof of payment of visa fees

Benefits to overseas workers

As an immigrant worker you will be eligible for social security benefits provided you are staying in France for more than three months. You or your employer can apply for your social security number which will give you access to the social security scheme in France. The benefits include unemployment aid, healthcare, and family allowances.

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