Short stay visa to work in France

Last update: 05/05/2013

1. How to work in France for less than 90 days?
2. Do you need a visa to work in France for less than 90 days?
3. How to make an appointment ?
4. Processing time
5. Requirements
6. Important information

1. How to work in France for less than 90 days?

Foreign nationals planning to work in France during a short stay (less than 90 days) must obtain first a temporary work permit approved by the local division of the French Labor Department (DIRECCTE - Direction régionale des entreprises, de la concurrence et de la consommation, du travail et de l’emploi) or a "convention d’accueil" stamped by the Préfecture in the case of scientists, researchers or teachers. They may also need a visa.

2. Do you need a visa to work in France for less than 90 days?

YES, except:

- if you are a citizen from Switzerland, Vatican, San Marino, Monaco, Andorra, the European economic area;

- or if you are a national of the countries listed below, provided you hold a valid work permit or a "convention d’accueil" at the time of travel:

Australia Antigua and Barbuda Bahamas
Barbada Brazil Canada
Israel Japan Mauritius
Mexico Saint-Kitts and Nieves Seychelles
Singapore South Korea United States of America [1]

3. How to make an appointment?

For security reasons, all applicants, except children under the age of 6, have to appear personally at the Consulate General of France in Boston.

The visa section is open to the public on an appointment basis, with no walk-ins allowed.

Make an appointment by clicking here

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If you cannot print your confirmation receipt, it is not a problem Simply show up on the date and time of your appointment.

No appointment can be made by phone or by e-mailing us. If you are not able to attend, please free a slot by canceling your appointment.

Make sure you bring all the required documents when coming to the Consulate General.

4. Processing time

Processing time depends on your citizenship :

15 days is the average processing time if you are a citizen from :

Afghanistan Algeria Bahrain
Bangladesh Belarus Burma
Burundi Congo DRC Egypt
Indonesia Iran Iraq
Jordan Kazakhstan North Korea
Kuwait Lebanon Libya
Mauritania Nigeria Oman
Pakistan Palestinians Philippines
Qatar US Re-entry permit US Refugee travel doc
Rwanda Saudi Arabia Sudan
Surinam Syria Yemen
United Arab Emirates Vietnam Zimbabwe

Applications cannot be processed more than 3 months ahead of time.

5. Requirements

1. Original passport or travel document (+ ONE COPY of the identity pages). Your passport must have been issued less than 10 years ago, be valid for at least three months after your return to the US and have at least 2 blank visas pages left.

2. Processing fee

3. One application form filled out completely and signed by the applicant (please read carefully the explanations).

4. Two ID pictures (white background, full face, no glasses nor hat, closed mouth)

5. Work authorization from then French authorities :

  • original of temporary work permit issued by the local division of the Labor Department in France + 1 COPY
  • or original of "convention d’accueil" endorsed by the Préfecture + 2 COPIES

6. Residency card or valid visa to the United States, with valid I-20/IAP66/I-94, advanced parole document. We do NOT accept applications from B1/B2 visa holders. (+ONE COPY). They must apply in their country of residence.

7. If you cannot pick up your visa by yourself, you can send to the French Consulate, a self-addressed prepaid EXPRESS MAIL envelope from all Postal Services (i.e: the US POST OFFICE, FEDEX, UPS, AIRBORNE EXPRESS etc.). You may use one envelope per family if you buy `flat rate`
Please do NOT stick the mailing label on the envelope and fill out as follows :

FROM:Please, don’t put
the French Consulate name
Your full name Your full name
Your address Your address

6. 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.

- Please note that holders of Schengen visas are still subject to immigration control upon first entry into a Schengen country. The visa itself does not grant the right to enter the Schengen space.

[1US journalists and official/diplomatic passport holders on a mission are still required to obtain a visa

Dernière modification : 29/09/2016

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