Check out the France IEC work permit



International Experience Canada (IEC) work permits are intended for Canadians who wish to visit France for purposes of tourism and cultural discovery and who would like to supplement their finances by working in France.

1- Program Eligibility Conditions

  • Be between the ages of 18 and 35 at the time of application;
  • Be citizens of Canada and reside in Canada at the time of application;
  • Have a Canadian passport that is valid for at least six months following the end date of the visit to France;
  • Have received neither this visa nor any other visa referenced in the youth mobility agreement (young professional development, inter-university exchange, applied industry placement) in the past.
  • Provide proof of financial resources with a value of at least $3,000 Canadian dollars for the duration of the stay in France (airfare not included in this figure);
  • Provide proof of insurance covering at least health care (hospitalization included) and repatriation. This coverage must be valid for the duration of the stay in France, as there is no guarantee that candidates will be eligible for coverage as it is provided in the host country.

2- International Experience Canada (IEC) work permits

  • The IEC work permit is valid:
    • For a period of four, five, six, or twelve months from the time of arrival in French territory;
    • In the départements of the Republic of France, including its overseas départements (Guadeloupe, Martinique, French Guyana, La Réunion, and Mayotte), and in the territory of Saint Pierre and Miquelon.
  • IEC work permit holders cannot extend the duration of their stay beyond the authorized period of time, nor can they change their status during the stay.
  • Work permits are only issued once. Be careful, as we cannot issue a new IEC work permit in the event of the loss or theft of your passport before your departure or during your time in France.

3- Where to send your application

Depending on your province of residence, you must submit your dossier to:

4- Documents required in application dossiers

Click here for a list of documents that you will be required to present.
We recommend that you assemble your application dossier very carefully. Errors or omissions can significantly delay the assessment of your application.

5- Key details

  • IEC work permits are free.
  • Application dossiers are assessed in the order they are received.
  • All incomplete applications will be returned to sender.
  • Providing all of the necessary documents does not guarantee automatic issuance of an IEC work permit.
  • Applications must be submitted no earlier than three months before the date of arrival in France and no later than four weeks before the date of arrival in France.
  • The form must be completed in French or in English.

6- Working in France with your IEC work permit

Once you have found employment but before you begin working, you must visit the Direction régionale des entreprises, de la concurrence, de la consommation, du travail et de l’emploi (DIRECCTE) of your place of residence in France in order to request a temporary work permit. You will be required to present your International Experience Program work permit and an employment contract or other document proving a promise of employment.

7- Useful information

Click here for links providing information about associations, housing, and classified ads in France

Dernière modification : 10/07/2018

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