Are you considering applying for a Working Holiday Visa for France? Are you already planning your arrival? Here is a guide to your first steps after landing.
The “carte de séjour” (residence permit)
WHV holders don’t need to apply for a “carte de séjour,” which is a temporary residence permit. The WHV visa affixed to your passport is used in lieu of a carte de séjour.
The ministère de l’Intérieur (ministry of Home Affairs in France) states that:
"Under the signed bilateral agreement, the long stay [Working Holiday] visa is valid for a maximum of 12 months and is intended for young people. It is only available to citizens of a few countries. Under the bilateral agreement, visa holders are exempt from the residence card requirement throughout the period of the validity of the visa."
How to get a “numéro de sécurité sociale” (social insurance number)
In France, you need a social insurance number to work and get paid. Your employer uses this number for income-reporting purposes. Each applicant is issued a unique number for life.
To learn more about the topic, read How to apply for a “numéro de sécurité sociale” (social insurance number).
Table of contents :
- Chapter 1: The resident permit and the social insurance number
- Chapter 2: The “autorisation provisoire de travail” (temporary work permit)
- Chapter 3: Finding a place to rent in France
- Chapter 4: Opening a bank account in France
- Chapter 5: Finding a job in France
- Chapter 6: Travelling to other European countries