Salaried employees introduced by l’Office français de l’immigration et de l’intégration (OFII) [fr]


A foreigner may not work in France without having first obtained 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 every French Department. It is the responsibility of your potential employer to contact the foreign manpower section of the closest DIRECCTE in order to find out the procedure to hire a foreigner.

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 appropriate French Consulate in Canada, which notifies you to attend and then issues a long-stay visa.

If your spouse and children want to accompany you, your potential employer must simultaneously file an “Accompanying family file”. Your spouse will not be entitled to work.

The visa cannot be issued in France.

Do not make an appointment with Visa Services if you have not received your notice to attend from the Consulate.

Documents to be provided

Please provide both the original and the copy of the documents. All the documents must be submitted in the order below.

The visa section will give you back the original documents.

Document or photocopy missing = incomplete file = high risk of visa refusal.

  • A letter stating the reasons for your application;
  • 1 long-stay visa application form duly completed and signed;
  • Original passport (and copy of your passport’s identification page. The passport must be valid for at least 3 months beyond the end of the stay in France;
  • Refugees : RefugeeTravel Document issued in accordance with the 1951 Geneva Convention;
    • Canadian residents with refugees status, even if they have a permanent resident card, must be in possession of this document and present themselves at the consulate at least one month before their travel date.
  • Non Canadian citizens : evidence of your regular status in Canada ;
    • a permanent resident card (photocopy must be recto-verso),
      • IMM 1000 not accepted.
    • or a study permit along with a valid Canadian visa (to ensure the return to Canada),
    • or a work permit along with a valid Canadian visa,
    • or a Canadian visitor’s visa if the holder prove residence over three consecutive months in Canada.
  • The degrees and curriculum vitae relating to the potential job + photocopies and, as the case may be, the work contract and/or the statement by the Canadian employer indicating the job held in Canada and the date of hiring + photocopy;


The Consulate reserves the right to require additional supporting evidence.

Filing the documents does not systematically guarantee issuance of a visa. You should not leave your present job, sell your property or commit yourself in any way before receiving your visa.

Please note

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.

Fees and timeframes

Application fees (non-refundable): the value of €99 in Canadian currency for long stays payable only by debit card, cash or money orders (exact amount) payable to “consulat de France à Montréal”.

The timeframe for issuing a visa depends on your nationality, even if you are a permanent resident of Canada. Processing time for certain applications is approximately 15 days.

Please consult the following link regarding the Application Processing Time for your information : “Timeframes”.


Attention, you must schedule an appointment in order to submit your application on the Consulate’s website : "Rendez-vous" (in the "Prendre rendez-vous" tab).

Only those persons in possession of the notice to attend will be admitted to the Consulate offices. For security reasons, please be on time.

Before attending, please make sure to bring all the documents indicated on the Consulate Web site that are required to issue the requested visa.

You must submit all original documents, as well as one photocopy of each document.

To avoid penalizing other applicants, if you must cancel your appointment you are strongly requested to do so via the Consulate’s website : "Rendez-vous" (in the "Revoir son rendez-vous" tab).

Last modified on 12/02/2016

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