France: Short-term work permit exemption introduced

A short-term work permit exemption has been implemented for foreign nationals working in the following activities:

  • Those attending conferences, seminars and trade shows;
  • Those seconded to France to participate in audit, information technology, management, finance, insurance, architecture or engineering-related activities;
  • Those participating in cultural, artistic and scientific events;
  • Entertainers and technical staff working in film production and distribution, in audio-visual, performing or recording ­arts;
  • Domestic workers during their employer’s stay in France; and
  • Visiting professors conducting occasional lectures.

Non-EU workers remain subject to Schengen rules regarding entry and residence in the Schengen area.

Rules and mandatory formalities regarding a secondment declaration and representative designation in France remain applicable. 

What This Means for Employers and Foreign Nationals

Foreign workers should benefit from the new short-term work permit exemption and should contact their immigration professional to discuss the exemption and related entry requirements.

Stuart Beaty

Celsium, Birmingham, UK