7A few tips to navigate French bureaucracy

A few tips to navigate French bureaucracy

Whenever you deal with French bureaucracy, keep this in mind:

  • It’s very likely that most French government employees won’t be familiar with the Working Holiday Visa status. Different employees may tell you different things. Know your rights and duties and be politely persistent!
  • Whenever you have to deal with administrative procedures, contact the organization first and confirm required documents, how to apply and processing times.
  • For each new process or application, create a file (digital or physical) and document everything. Create a document management system that works for you and keep your files.
  • Take a methodical and detailed approach to each application.
  • Make sure you have all the required documents before submitting an application. A missing document can delay your application and that would be a waste of time!
  • Make sure all copies of original documents are complete and legible. Don’t forget to make a copy of the back of the document, if applicable.
  • Whenever you deal with French authorities, it’s best to use email or registered mail. Emails are easy to keep and refer to if needed and registered mail provides a proof of delivery.
  • You can always bring more documents than required but only provide them if asked.

Finally, don’t take anything personally. You’ll often hear French people sigh and curse the French administrative maze—getting lost in it is always a ride of passage!

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theAge I |

Hi pvtistes,

I’m hoping to clarify the most updated information regarding the need to apply for APT.

I’m Australian and obtained the France WHV last month. I will be arriving in January 2022. I saw above that for Australians who obtained WHV after March 1, 2016 do not need to apply for an APT in order to obtain work. Is this correct?

Having said that, I understand I will still need to obtain a ‘numéro de securité sociale’, correct?

Merci d’avance!


laura1995 I |

I too am in this exact situation and unable to confirm whether or not I need to validate my French working holiday visa? And if not, I still need to get the social security number yes? Sorry I can’t seem to read the replies to this comment which I suspect would answer my questions!

Max I |

anyone get an answer on this?

Max I |

would be good if I could see the replies as to know what people said? Cause I have a job, and now am unclear about what to do as I’m being asked for a “titre de sejour” and an “attestation de validation par l’OFII”. Unsure what to do