Whether you are self-employed, a part- or full-time employee, or an international student, working is a “professional activity” and requires a visa and work permit. The type of work visa and other immigration requirements depend on your specific situation — namely how long you plan to stay.
Whether you plan to stay for the short or long term, you need a work permit to work in most circumstances. If you do not already have a visa, some recruiters may choose to apply for one on your behalf. This can take up to three months, so the sooner you can get started, the better. There are exceptions to this rule: Citizens of Switzerland or the European Union (EU) do not require a work visa.
Even with a work permit, foreign nationals require a visa to enter and stay in France.
With a long-stay visa and work permit, you can live and work in France for three months, maxing out at 12 months. After a year, if you wish to stay, you must apply for a residence permit. Some long-stay visas also serve as residency permits. This can prove worthwhile if you already know you want to stay long term.
Through Relocate you can submit a general inquiry, browse licensed Immigration Avocats (i.e. lawyers) in France, and receive tailored consultations to get a clear understanding of viable immigration pathways for living and working in France.