Key documents / procedures for WHV holders starting a job in France

Chapter 2: The “autorisation provisoire de travail” or “ATP” (temporary work permit)

Published: 27-01-2018

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The “autorisation provisoire de travail” or “ATP” (temporary work permit)

Before making a job offer to a foreign worker, all French employers must check if the potential employee has a work permit and can work legally in France. If needed, the employer must request an “autorisation provisoire de travail” (temporary work permit) and seek approval from French authorities.

France currently has Working Holiday Visa program agreements with the following countries:

  • Argentina
  • Australia
  • Canada
  • Chili
  • Colombia
  • South Korea
  • Hong Kong (Special Administrative Region)
  • Japan
  • New Zealand
  • Mexico
  • Uruguay
  • Taiwan
  • Russia

An agreement was signed with the Federative Republic of Brazil in December 2013 but it’s not effective yet.

WHV holders who need to apply for an ATP

For citizens of the following countries, the Working Holiday Visa is considered a “visa de long séjour” (long-term visa) in lieu of the “carte de séjour”:

  • Russia
  • New Zealand (if the WHV was issued before March 10, 2017)
  • Australia (if the WHV was issued before March 1, 2016)
  • Japan (if the WHV was issued before June 9, 2016)

However, to work legally in France, these WHV holders must get an “autorisation provisoire de travail” (“APT”) valid for the planned length of their work contract.

WHV holders who do not need to apply for an ATP

For citizens of the following countries, the Working Holiday Visa is used in lieu of the “carte de séjour” and the work permit:

  • Argentina
  • Australia (if the WHV was issued after March 1, 2016)
  • Canada (Cf. the Ministerial letter of May 7, 2015)
  • Chile
  • Colombia
  • South Korea
  • Hong Kong Special Administrative Region
  • Japan (if the WHV was issued after June 9, 2016)
  • Mexico
  • New Zealand (if the WHV was issued after March 10, 2017)
  • Taiwan
  • Uruguay

These WHV holders do not need to apply for an “autorisation provisoire de travail” (“APT”) and can start working right away.

Important notice

Since the August 18, 2014, decree, WHV holders no longer need to apply for an “autorisation provisoire de travail” (“APT”).

  • Bilateral WHV agreements between France and Argentina, Canada, Colombia, South Korea, Chile, Hong Kong, Mexico, Taiwan and Uruguay already state that WHV holders from these countries do not need an “autorisation provisoire de travail” and can start working in France as soon as they arrive.
  • The WHV agreements between France and Australia and France and Japan were amended in 2016 to reflect this change. Therefore, Australian citizens who got their WHV after March 1, 2016, and Japanese citizens who got their WHV after June 9, 2016, no longer need to obtain an “autorisation provisoire de travail” before they can work. Australian and Japanese citizens who got their WHV before these dates are still required to apply for an “autorisation provisoire de travail. ” You can read the decree amending the agreement between France and Australia here and the decree amending the agreement between France and Japan here.
  • The WHV agreement between France and New Zealand was amended in March 2017 to reflect this change. Therefore, New Zealand citizens who got their WHV after March 10, 2017, no longer need to obtain an “autorisation provisoire de travail” before they can work. New Zealand citizens who got their WHV before this date are still required to apply for an “autorisation provisoire de travail. ” You can read the decree amending the agreement between France and New Zealand here.
  • The WHV between France and Russia hasn’t been amended yet. Therefore, Russian WHV holders still have to apply for an “autorisation provisoire de travail” before starting to work in France.
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