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France Immigration

France is the largest country in western Europe. It is globally famous for its culture, its cuisine and its wines. It has a colourful history as one of the first global superpowers, and has long played an active role in global affairs. It is a member of the United Nations Security Council, a founding member of the European Union, and is part of the EU's Schengen Area which grants free movement throughout most of continental Europe.

The French authorities have traditionally been very protective of their domestic labour force, and put many bureaucratic obstacles in the way of companies wishing to recruit foreign workers. However, in recent years their attitude has changed due to professional shortages – particularly in IT – which has affected the performance of many French companies.

Over the past decade new procedures have been implemented, including the establishment of several new work permit categories. However, despite these significant improvements, France remains one of the most heavily 'protected' labour markets in Europe.

All French work permit applications are dealt with by the local Direction Departmentale du Travail, de L'Emploi et de la Formation Professionale (DDTEFP) on a town by town basis. It is therefore impossible to give absolute processing times as it varies depending on the workload of the local office.

France Employers' Guide

French immigration law dictates that only employers can apply for most work permits. For this reason We provide a detailed guide aimed primarily at employers wishing to hire foreign workers in France. If you are a worker, agent, or investor wanting to migrate to France you may wish to consult the guide as well. Alternatively, feel free to contact us using the details below.

Telephone:  0344 991 9222

Further Information, help, and advice has over twenty years of experience helping people immigrate to countries all over the World. Whether you wish to visit, work, study, or hire workers in France our specialist team of immigration experts can help you with one to one advice, information, and representation when applying for your French visa or work permit.

For more information and advice on French immigration law and visa applications please contact us on 0344 991 9222 or at