Foreign nationals holding a valid Irish residency permit (GNIB card) are entitled to apply for a long stay visa as a worker. You cannot apply for this visa more than 90 days before the intended departure date. Due to processing time, visa applications should be lodged at least 2 weeks before the intended departure.
If as a foreign national (i.e. not a national of France or of any other European Union country) you wish to work in France, you must first find a prospective employer.
Your prospective employer will contact the foreign labour department of the local unit of the DIRECCTE (regional directorate of enterprises, competition, consumption, labour and employment). Once the application is approved, the relevant office of the OFII will forward it to the French consulate in your country of residence, in order to process the visa application.
Here is the list of requirements to apply for a long stay visa to work in France. You must provide the embassy with ORIGINALS and PHOTOCOPIES of all the following listed documents :
|Application Form||Download the form http://www.diplomatie.gouv.fr/en/IMG/pdf/Long_Stay_Visa_Application_Form-2.pdf|
|99 Euros||Payable by card or cash when submitting your file|
|Passport or travel document||Please note that your document has to be valid for the whole intended duration of your stay in France and have at least 2 blank pages. You should provide the Embassy with a copy of your passport that includes all the inside pages apart from the blank ones.|
|Re-entry visa to Ireland||The re-entry visa has to be valid at least until the departure date.|
|2 passport size photographs||In colour with a white background|
|GNIB CARD (Garda Naturalisation and Immigration Bureau Card)||Your GNIB card has to be valid until your planned departure date|
|Work permit approved by the DIRECCTE in France (Document called CERFA)||Your employer in France has to obtain this document stamped by the DIRECCTE|
|Address in France||Please provide the visa section with the address of your stay in France (at least for the first weeks)|
|Recent letter from the current university/school in Ireland||If applicable (if you have a student status in Ireland)|
|Recent letter from your employer in Ireland||If applicable. If you hold a part time or full time position in Ireland, you are asked to provide a recent letter from your employer stating your name and surname, the date of hiring, your position and salary.|
|Your latest payslips||The last 6 months|
|Bank statements||On application you should produce your bank statements for the last 6 months. The last one should be less than 15 days old. Those statements should bear your name and address. If needed, you can complete the documents you received from the bank with a mini statement from the ATM.When applicable you may produce statements for all your accounts including saving and credit card statements.|