Salaried workers or employees introduced by l’Office français de l’immigration et de l’intégration (OFII) - long stay
A non-EU citizen may not work in France without a work permit. French work permits are issued exclusively by the Direction générale des entreprises, de la concurrence, de la consommation, du travail et de l’emploi (DIRECCTE) (Labour, Employment and Job Training Office for the Department).
There is one in each French Department. Your potential employer has got the responsibility to contact the foreign manpower section of the closest DIRECCTE in order to find out the procedure to hire a non-EU citizen.
Once the file has been approved, the DIRECCTE sends your file to the Office français de l’immigration et de l’intégration (OFII) (French Office for Immigration and Integration) for authorization. The OFII then sends it to the French Consulate in Francfort, if you live in Germany, which notifies you to attend and then issues a long-stay visa.
The visa cannot be issued in France.
Each visa applicant must appear in person with an appointment (see below). The General French Consulate in Frankfort has sole competence in Germany to issue french visas to salaried workers or employees.
Do not make an appointment with the visa section if you have not received your notice to attend from the consulate.
Documents to be provided (originals + one copy of all your originals)
Original passport + photocopy of principal pages. Passport in good condition, with a date of expiration at least 15 months after the beginning of the visa, issued within the past 10 years and containing at least 2 blank pages. The visa is validated by a self-adhesive label that will be affixed to one of the pages of the passport ;
Proof of legal presence in Germany + photocopy (Aufenthaltstitel, long-stay visa) ;
Specific OFII form duly completed ;
Application fees (non-refundable) : 99 € payable only cash (200 € and 500 € bank notes are not accepted). Spouse of a european citizen don’t pay the visa fees (provide marriage act and proof of european citizenship of the spouse).
The Consulate reserves the right to claim additional evidence.
Because of the processing time, we suggest you to join an envelopp in order to send it per registered post (envelopps from DHL, UPS, ... are not accepted) for the return of your passport at home in Germany.
If you don’t wish to let your passport at the visa section, you will have to come back another day to pick up your visa.
Please see the timeframes
Upon arrival in France, the person must immediately send the specific OFII form signed by the Consulate to the OFII territorial division that has jurisdiction in the Department where the person resides. The OFII will subsequently contact him or her for the compulsory medical and reception appointments. Fees for the issuance of the residency document must be paid on this occasion.
Stay in Schengen-Area
In accordance with Article 21 § 2bis of the Schengen Convention, this type “D” visa allows the holder to travel in the Schengen Area for a maximum of 90 days per 6-month period without any other visa.