I am currently in France

 

Find out the latest information on the stay of foreign nationals in France.

Are you currently in France, wondering about your situation? Let us guide you and do not hesitate to contact us for any clarification via our contact form.

For more information on financial and social governmental measures, see also our FAQ.

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I am currently in France, can I move freely and/or travel ?

 

As of October 30 October 2020, it is no longer possible to travel in metropolitan France without a specific certificate.

Regarding the overseas departments and regions, only Martinique is concerned by the lockdown.

Do not hesitate to check the situation in the different overseas departments and regions on this website of the Ministry for Overseas here.

The overseas territories of Mayotte and Guyana remain on constant vigilance due to the spread of the virus. Travelling there is therefore strongly discouraged for now. An international movement certificate for travel to French overseas territories is still mandatory : click here.

As of October 30, 2020, the travel certificate is once again mandatory for all travels in metropolitan France and in Martinique.

There are 3 of them:

  • The certificate of derogatory travel
  • The work-related travel certificate issued by the employer
  • The certificate in order to accompany a child to school

You will find the different certificates on the website here.

Since July 20, wearing a mask is mandatory on public transportation and in covered areas.
For now, it is not mandatory in the uncovered areas of all cities, but prefects, working closely with health authorities, can impose to wear a mask.

I arrived in France under a short-stay visa or without any visa if I am exempted, can I leave the country?

 

Do not hesitate to contact your Embassy without delay to get information related the conditions of the return to your country of usual residence.

 

EU resident, I am currently in France

 

The borders of the European Union and of the Schengen area are still opened.

Thus, you can freely reach your home.

I arrived in France under a long-stay visa (VLS) or a long-stay visa equivalent to a residence permit (VLS-TS)

 

1. I hold a valid long-stay visa equivalent to a residence permit (VLS-TS) for 12 months

 

No changes are reported in this situation.

A long-stay visa equivalent to a residence permit, or VLS-TS, is a specific type of long-stay visa that exempts its’ holder from the requirement to apply for a residence permit for the first year of residence.

An online validation of the visa is sufficient and it needs to be done within 3 months upon the arrival in France. This procedure is to be done online via the following website: administration-etrangers-en-france.interieur.gouv.fr

Do not hesitate to check our dedicated fact sheet.

 

 

2. I hold a long-stay visa valid for 3 months

 

A long-stay visa allows foreign nationals to stay in France for more than three months, with the aim of enabling the holder to obtain a residence permit in order to live in France for a given period.

Following the measures announced by the President of the Republic, the prefectures will remain opened and applications for residence permits will continue to be processed by appointment only.

The time limits could be extended due to the current situation.

Each Prefecture set up a protocol in order to comply with the barrier measures (mandatory appointment, limitation of the number of people per appointment, etc.). It is highly recommended to contact the competent Prefecture to find out about the conditions to welcome for welcoming the public.

Since 15 June, an online service is available for all the easy procedures (renewal of a receipt, duplicates, document for the movement of foreign minors, address modification). This service will allow the submission of your application online.

In order to maintain your right of residence in France, the period of validity of residence documents, like long-stay visas, whose expiration date is between 16 March and 15 June 2020 is automatically extended by 6 months.

In order to facilitate the respect of this extension for your residence document and while crossing the borders, you shall accompany your document with the explanatory document of the extension available here.

Thanks to this extension, you will be able to reside legally for an additional 6 months after the expiration date shown on your residence document without accomplishing any procedure.

If provided by your document, the right to work and your social rights are also extended in the same way. Further information on our dedicated fact sheet.

Moreover, during this period of 6 months you will be able to enter the Schengen area and return to France. Thus, it is possible to travel but it is strongly advised to enter the Schengen area through a French border crossing point.

I live in France under a French residence permit and a renewal /change of status is required

 

Following the measures announced by the President of the Republic, the prefectures will remain opened and applications for residence permits will continue to be processed by appointment only.
The time limits could be extended due to the current situation.

Each Prefecture set up a protocol in order to comply with the barrier measures (mandatory appointment, limitation of the number of people per appointment, etc.). It is highly recommended to contact the competent Prefecture to find out about the conditions to welcome for welcoming the public.

Since 15 June, an online service is available for all the easy procedures (renewal of a receipt, duplicates, document for the movement of foreign minors, address modification). This service will allow the submission of your application online.

In order to maintain your right of residence in France, the period of validity of residence documents, like long-stay visas, whose expiration date is between 16 March and 15 June 2020 is automatically extended by 6 months.

In order to facilitate the respect of this extension for your residence document and while crossing the borders, you shall accompany your document with the explanatory document of the extension available here.

Thanks to this extension, you will be able to reside legally for an additional 6 months after the expiration date shown on your residence document without accomplishing any procedure.

If provided by your document, the right to work and your social rights are also extended in the same way. Further information on our dedicated fact sheet.

Moreover, during this period of 6 months you will be able to enter the Schengen area and return to France. Thus, it is possible to travel but it is strongly advised to enter the Schengen area through a French border crossing point.

 

Employee in France, what rights do I have if my employment contract is terminated?

 

Every private sector employer must insure its employees against the risk of unemployment and pay contributions to ensure that they are covered. In order to receive the Return to Employment Allowance (known as ARE or unemployment benefit), employees must be involuntarily deprived of employment and must justify, at the date of termination of the employment contract, a minimum period of work.

Eligibility for unemployment benefits has an impact on the right of residence of foreign talent employed by a French company.

 

Foreign talent involuntarily deprived of employment

 

Situations of involuntary job deprivation are identified.

The termination of the employment contract must thus result from :

  • a dismissal for personal or economic reasons (i.e. “licenciement pour motif personnel ou économique”)
  • a mutual termination agreement (i.e. “rupture conventionnelle”)
  • the termination of a probationary period at the initiative of the employer; and
  • the non-renewal of a fixed-term contract; or
  • a resignation considered legitimate (e.g., followed by a spouse in another city).

In order to benefit from unemployment benefits, employees must also have worked at least 6 months in the last 24 months prior the employment contract’s date of termination.

If this is the case, foreign talent can register with Pôle Emploi and their right of residence is preserved.

The role of Pôle Emploi is to support companies in their recruitments and job-seekers to find jobs or to create their own company. It also provides job-seekers with an assistance in the creation of businesses.

Pole Emploi Registration

Impact on the validity of the residence permit

 

The category of residence permit has an impact on the situation of foreign talent involuntarily deprived of employment.

 

Holders of a residence permit authorizing the exercise of any professional activity

 

The termination of the employment contract of a holder of a residence permit authorising the exercise of any professional activity shall have no impact on his/her right of residence. This applies in particular to holders of a temporary or multi-year “private and family life” residence permit, “family member of a European national”, long term resident card, “talent passport (family) “, etc.

 

Holders of a temporary residence card “Employee”.

  • If individuals find employment before the date of renewal of their residence permit, an application for a work permit must be submitted by the new employer to the Direccte.
  • If they do not manage to find employment before the date of renewal of their residence permit: when renewing their residence card marked “Employee”, in the event of involuntary termination of employment and upon presentation of the Pôle Emploi certificate issued by the employer at the time of termination of the CDI, the residence permit is extended for one year.

At the time of the next renewal :

  • If he/she has found a new job, his/her application for a work permit must be submitted to the Prefecture of the place of residence, which forwards it to the Direccte for processing.
  • If still unemployed, he or she will receive a new temporary residence permit valid for a period equal to his or her rights to unemployment benefits.

Holders of a general multi-year “Employee” residence permit may carry out any salaried professional activity and thus hold a job without any particular formality.

 

Holders of a multi-year “Talent Passport” residence permit

  • If they find employment before the date of renewal of their residence permit :
    • before the end of the 2nd year of validity of the residence permit, the new employer must contact the prefecture that issued the residence permit. If they no longer meet the conditions for the issuance of the Talent Passport ressidence permit category, a request for a change of status at the Prefecture will be necessary;
    • if they find a job after the end of the 2nd year, a Talent Passport residence permit marked “Qualified Employee” “Employee of an innovative company or “European Blue Card” authorises them to carry out any salaried activity subject to compliance with the conditions of issue. Otherwise, a change of status will be necessary.
  • If they do not manage to find a job before the date of renewal of their residence permit : when a foreign talent who has been granted a “talent passport” authorising salaried activity is involuntarily deprived of employment on the date of renewal of his or her card, the card is renewed for a period equivalent to the duration of the rights he or she has acquired to the unemployment allowance.

The relevant Prefecture must be provided with the employer’s certificate intended for Pôle Emploi and a certificate from the body paying the unemployment benefits (i.e. Pole Emploi) proving the remaining period of unemployment benefit entitlement.

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Foreign entrepreneur, my business is at risk, is there any impact on my residence permit?

 

Entrepreneurs have no unemployment insurance coverage. However, company directors can join voluntary insurance organisations such as :

  • GSC (Garantie sociale des chefs d’entreprises – Social guarantee for company directors)
  • APPI (Association for the Protection of Independent Employers)
  • April Assurances

To apply for a renewal of a residence permit authorising commercial activity, the applicant must justify continuing the activity for which he/she was authorised to reside in France. In the event of loss of activity, there is a risk of non-renewal of the residence permit once it has expired.

 

French Government has implemented an unprecedented 300 billion euros scheme of guaranties to bolster bank financing for companies threatened by the impact of the Coronavirus outbreak.

Find out more on these measures on Choosefrance.fr website

 

A change of status is still possible towards a residence permit authorising employment subject to a job offer and conditions.

Foreign entrepreneur residing in France and holding a residence permit : am I allowed to undertake another activity during the crisis?

 

Foreign nationals already in France and holding a residence permit which allows commercial, industrial or craft activity cannot in principle undertake another professional activity.

However, in view of the current health crisis, the authorities have specified that in order to meet the need for temporary labor in certain sectors of activity (agriculture, agrifood, distribution, etc.), these entrepreneurs may conclude an employment contract for a maximum duration of 3 months.

In order to be able to exercise a salaried activity, their future employer should apply for a temporary work authorization under a simplified and dematerialized procedure put in place with the service for foreign workers (Service main d’oeuvre étrangère – SMOE ) of the DIRECCTE.

The employer should proceed by sending the official duly completed and signed CERFA document N ° 15186*03 via email to the SMOE of the DIRECCTE of the place of work in France. The employment situation will not be opposed. Thus, a search on the local labour market is not required.

In the context of the Covid-19 health crisis, the Government launched the #MobilisationEmploi platform – supported by the national recruitment agency Pôle emploi to promote recruitment in priority sectors while ensuring strict compliance with health requirements.

MobilisationEmploi Platform

Posted in France by an employer established within the European Union, the European Economic Area or in Switzerland, what is the impact on my health coverage?

 

Employees posted in France must  hold a social security certificate from their home country, consisting of the following documents:

These documents must be applied for by the employer from the social security institution of the country of origin prior the arrival of their employee in France.

Employees posted in France must send the S1 form “Registration for health insurance cover” to the primary health insurance fund (CPAM) of their place of residence upon their arrival.

If this form has not be sent to the CPAM yet, posted employees should proceed to advance payment of  of medical expenses, that are refunded later by the competent CPAM on presentation of the following supporting documents :

  • S1 form; and
  • Treatement forms.

For further information, please check the CLEISS website.

CLEISS website