March 25, 2021

France to Launch New Online System for Work Permit Applications

As of April 1, 2021, the French Labor offices (DIRECCTE) will no longer process foreign national work permit applications. Instead, individuals will need to apply on a new online system. There will be seven platforms through which individuals can submit their applications, depending on their individual circumstances. It is expected that new document requirements may also go into effect, however the new list has not yet been announced by the government.

Of the seven platforms that have been created, five will be for the processing of work permit applications based on the employee’s physical employment location in France. A specific platform in Avignon will be dedicated to processing seasonal workers only. A final platform in French Guyana will be dedicated to the overseas territories (with the exception of La Reunion).

The move to create the new system is part a French government objective to reform the digitization of public processes, including immigration. While the intent is that the online platforms will ultimately help regulate processing times, which currently differ between different labor offices, there will likely be a transition period in which processing times may actually increase, due to the rollout and implementation of the new system.

Although the online submission is supposed to start from April 1, the website for the submission of permit applications is not yet open and the specific addresses for the seven platforms have not yet been announced.

For further information on the new online platforms for work permit applications in France, please contact the Sterling Lexicon immigration team.

Leanne Cottrell

Leanne Cottrell

As Head of Immigration with Sterling Lexicon, Leanne leads a team of specialists who are responsible for ensuring the entire immigration process is smooth and stress-free for clients, assignees and their accompanying family members. She brings over ten years of experience in strategic immigration management, planning and consultation to her role, and has cultivated invaluable knowledge and experience in processing countless global migration applications. As a trusted partner, she consults with clients on everything from policy considerations and cost or efficiency improvements, to the impact of opening offices in new locations. Leanne is a frequent presenter and author on global immigration topics and trends.

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