In order to work in France, foreign nationals of countries outside the European Economic Area (EEA) and Switzerland generally need to request a work permit. However, under certain conditions, researchers holding an employment contract may be exempted from the work permit requirement if their host institution provides them with a Hosting Agreement (Convention d'accueil).
- When to apply for a work permit? See this practical guideline.
Formalities to be completed before hiring (by employer):
Before hiring, the employer must send an employment declaration to the prefecture - a copy of residence permit and work permit within two working days prior to hiring.
If the foreign worker presents a valid proof of registration with Pôle Emploi, this declaration is not necessary.