France Launches Online Portal for Work Permit Applications

From April 6, 2021, applications for work permits to hire foreign employees (non-EU Nationals) will be done on a dedicated portal.  The work permit is required in order for a non-EU National to be issued an “Employee” or “Temporary worker” residence permit. Citizens of European Union or Schengen Zone countries do not need to apply to a work permit to take up employment in France.

  • Step 1: Apply online for the work permit on the dedicated portal.
  • Step 2: Confirmation by e-mail that the application has been submitted.
  • Step 3: If the work permit is issued, the employer and the foreign employee will receive it by e-mail.
  • Step 4: The future employee will have to attach the work permit to his/her visa and/or residence permit application.

Applications will be examined by six inter-regional platforms.


Non-EU and Schengen Zone nationals have to obtain a work permit in addition to the work visa or residence permit for certain types of work. The online portal will make the process more straightforward for employers and potential employees.