3.1 When UK citizens become third-country nationals will they need permission to work?
However, British citizens who started their professional activity in France before 31 December 2020 if a Withdrawal Agreement is ratified on or before 31 October 2019 in the event of a no-deal Brexit would not need a work permit.
3.2 If permission to work is needed do any quotas apply for employing third-country nationals?
3.3 If permission to work is needed, as of when will it be needed?
- From 1 January 2021 if the Withdrawal Agreement is ratified before 31 October 2019;
- From 1 November 2019 in the event of no deal if the professional activity and the individual’s residence in France did not start before these dates.
3.4 If permission to work is needed, what are the most common categories?
The work permit may take the form of either a visa or residence permit or a separate document.
Visa / Residence permit:
Documents leading to the automatic granting of work permits:
‘Private and family life’ residence permit;
- ‘talent’ residence permit (mostly for foreigners with a French diploma and whose annual wage is higher than EUR 36,506.20);
- ‘posted worker’ residence permit;
- resident card (for foreign nationals who belong to defined categories: those with French children or a French parent, married to a French national, veteran, refugee, etc.)
- long-term resident card (French resident for at least five years, among other conditions)
Documents leading to the granting of work permits after approval by the French labour administration (DIRECCTE):
- ‘employee’ residence permit (for employees with a permanent employment contract);
- ‘temporary worker’ residence permit (for employees with a fixed-term employment contract);
- ‘seasonal worker’ residence permit (for employee with seasonal employment contract).
The Government has announced that British nationals currently living in France will be able to obtain these visas and residence permits under simplified conditions. More information should be available in the near future.
If a foreign worker does not have a residence permit or a visa that allows him or her to work, he or she may apply for a temporary work permit. This is issued for a maximum of 12 months, renewable.
3.5 If permission to work or stay is needed, how long does the procedure take?
The processing time is usually four months for visas and residence permits and two months for the separate work permit once the application has been made.
3.6 If permission to work or stay is needed, what Government fees would be due for this permission?
Visas and resident permits usually cost between EUR 250 and EUR 269. In addition, fees must be paid by the employer:
- When hiring for between three and 12 months: from EUR 74 to EUR 300 depending on the amount of the wage;
- When hiring for more than 12 months: 55% of the monthly salary (capped).
Depending on the type of permission requested, the application can involve the fulfilment of certain conditions, which may increase the time required for the procedure (medical examination, conclusion of an employment contract, etc.).