You can carry out a traineeship in France if you are a student and want to do a professional work placement in France. Your project must be part of a training course organised in your country of residence or an EU cooperation programme or an intergovernmental scheme in the fields of education, training, youth or culture.
You must have a training agreement with a host company in France, and sufficient resources to support your expenses during your traineeship.
You can also intend to do a traineeship in France as employee of a company established out of France.
Where and how to apply
Non-EU students in France
If you study in France, you can conclude a training agreement concluded between yourself, the training establishment and the host company in France. You need to prove a valid residence permit as student. The traineeship cannot exceed 6 months.
Non-EU students in a third-country
If you study in a third country, you must apply for a short-stay (for less than 3 months, if applicable) or a long-stay visa equivalent to a residence permit with the mention “trainee” at the French Embassy or Consulate in your country of origin.
You need to provide the training agreement concluded between yourself, the training establishment and the host company in France to the competent labour authority so that they can approve it before applying for the visa. They need to give their decision within a 30 day period.
Non-EU employee in a company established in a third-country
If you intend to do a traineeship in France as employee of a company established out of France, there are two different procedures:
i) if you want to do a traineeship in a company belonging to the same group as your employer, through an intra company transfer (ICT): you have to prove your seniority within the group of 6 months at least, sufficient financial resources and a diploma of higher education.
ii) If you want to do a traineeship within a training agency or within a client or partner of your employer, you need to prove your employment relationship, the link between the hosting company and your employer, sufficient resources at least equivalent to the minimum full time monthly gross wage of 1,521.22 euros and a training agreement duly signed by all parties.
Duration of validity of permit
For students, the period of validity is 6 months, non-renewable.
For employees of a company established out of France, the period is 12 months, renewable for a maximum of 6 months
Conditions for renewal/strong>
N/A for students. To extend you traineeship, your hosting institution or company will have to amend your traineeship agreement to extend your period of training. This amendment will be submitted to the prefect of the region your hosting institution or company is located in. If you were not notified of any decision in 15 days, the decision is approved. You will then have to apply to a new temporary trainee visa, at the prefecture of your place of residence, following the usual procedure.
For employees of a company established out of France, you have to apply for the renewable of your residence permit two months before its expiry date. Your hosting institution has amend your traineeship agreement to extend your period of training or establish a new traineeship convention, and then submit it to the prefecture of their region. The competent regional labour authority (DIRECCTE – la direction régionale des entreprises, de la concurrence, de la consommation, du travail et de l'emploi) verifies that the labour regulation applicable to trainees has been respected. If you were not notified of any decision by the labour authority in 15 days, the decision is approved. You will then be issued a new visa by the prefecture of your place of residence, valid for a period up to 6 months (the overall period of your traineeship cannot extend 18 months).
You can appeal a refusal of a French entry visa to Consulate in your country of origin. Within two months after being notified of the refusal to be issued a visa, you can send a letter to the Consulate detailing your motivations for applying for a visa, with the required documents and any documents that might support your application attached. You must also attach a copy of the refusal letter.
If the informal appeal is rejected, you can appeal to the Commission for Appeals Against Visa Application Refusals within two months of the date of notification of the decision.
If the Commission rejects the appeal, or if, despite the favourable opinion of the Commission, ministers confirm the visa refusal, you may, within two months, submit a request for annulment before the Administrative Court of Nantes, which is responsible in the first instance for litigation on visa refusal.
More on appeals against visa refusal decisions
A hierarchical appeal may also be submitted to the Minister for Foreign Affairs.
There is no possibility to apply for family reunification
For the family members of ICT trainees, they can apply for a residence permit “ICT trainee – family”. This permit will be valid for the same period as the permits of ICT trainees, and allows its holders to work.
Your children under 18 are admitted onto the territory without a residence permit.
Change of status
There is so possibility to apply for a change of status for “trainees”.
Long-term EU residence permits
There is no possibility to apply for a long term EU residence permit.
More on visa application to France
No information available at the moment.
- Ministry of the Interior
- Ministry of European and Foreign Affairs
- Ministry of Labour
- Pôle Emploi
- The “Préfectures"
- Ministry of Solidarities and Health
- Regional Health Agency
- Diplomatic missions abroad
- French Office for Immigration and Integration (OFII)
- Conseil d'État
- Campus France
- Official website of the French Administration