Artistic and cultural professions
Last updated
December 8th 2014

This provision concerns performers and authors of literary or artistic works holding contracts of longer than 3 months with companies whose primary activity consists of the creation or exploitation of intellectual work.

Beneficiaries

Foreign nationals of third countries.

Algerian nationals governed by the Franco-Algerian agreement dated December 27, 1968.
Performers and authors of literary or artistic works holding contracts of longer than 3 months with companies whose primary activity consists of the creation or exploitation of intellectual work.

Categories not affected

Nationals of the European Union or of the other member States of the EEAEuropean Economic Area (Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway).

Nationals of the Swiss Confederation.

Conditions for issue

  • The employment situation is applicable only for production staff. The company must provide evidence of its failed search for an applicant on the labour market in France (attestation from the Employment Hub for example).
  • Beneficiaries must have signed a contract of longer than 3 months with a company whose primary activity consists of the creation or exploitation of intellectual work.

 

Exception(s)

n/a

Conditions for issue

  • Families may solicit, without guarantee of acceptance, the issuance of a VLS-TSLong Stay Visa equivalent to a Residence Permit for "visitors" from the Consulate of France abroad (see the sheet on the VLS-TS).
  • Holders of this permit may submit an application for family members (spouse and minor children) under the family reunification procedure as soon as they can document 18 months of presence in France (to find out more, see the OFII web-site).

 

Permit issued to the worker

Temporary residence permit for "artistic and cultural professions". Signature of a CAIReception and integration contract for a CDIOpen-ended contract (to find out more, visit the OFII web-site).

Permit issued to the family

 Depending upon the case:

  • VLS-TSLong Stay Visa equivalent to a Residence Permit for "visitors" for the first year (see the sheet on the VLS-TS). This visa does not give authorisation to work. Dispenses with the CAIReception and integration contract. Temporary residence permit for "visitors". Dispenses with the CAIReception and integration contract upon renewal,
  • as part of the family reunification procedure: temporary residence permit for "families and partners" (to find out more, see the OFII web-site). Signature of a CAIReception and integration contract (to find out more, see the OFII web-site).

Procedure to follow

  • First issue

    Application elements

    • letter explaining the worker's recruitment and describing the functions that he or she will carry out,
    • CERFA form no. 13649*02 and its appendixes on the type of paid employment,
    • Kbis extract, for a moral person (unless it has already been sent within the past 12 months and has not been modified),
    • K extract, artisan permit or tax notice for a physical person (unless it has already been sent within the past 12 months and has not been modified),
    • instruments regulating legal persons, if any,
    • copy of the latest social security contribution statement (unless it has already been sent within the previous 12 months)
    • where applicable, a copy of the latest statement of contributions to the paid annual leave fund (unless it has already been sent within the previous 12 months),
    • a copy of the worker's passport or national identification document if he or she resides abroad,
    • worker's curriculum vitae or any other document supporting his or her qualifications and experience (degrees, certificates...); if exercise of the activity is subject to special regulatory conditions, documents proving that these conditions have been met,
    • where applicable, appointment document,
    • if the employment situation is applicable, evidence of searches carried out to recruit an applicant already present on the labour market,
    • copy of the event promoter's licence
    • labour inspector's authorisation if minors will be working at night

    Potential additional documents

    If needed by the administration:

    • copy of the draft employment contract
    • copies of the last 2 pages of the official employee register or copies of the last 3 declarations of staff movements for establishments with more than 50 employees.

    If the employer has already solicited a work permit, it may be requested:

    • the last 3 pay slips for foreign employees having worked in France,
    • supporting documentation for the latest social security contribution statement.

    Application submission

    DIRECCTERegional directorate for companies, competition, consumption, work and employment of the place of employment (submitted by the employer) or of the first performance location for itinerant activities, or the domicile of the producer or distributor if the artist's producer is located abroad.

    Application evaluation

    DIRECCTERegional directorate for companies, competition, consumption, work and employment.

    Upon arrival in France, the employee may work as long as he or she is in possession of his or her visa and signed employment contract.

    Medical examination

    Waiver of OFIIFrench Office of Immigration and Integration medical examination.

    Issuance of the residence permit

    Prefecture in the place of residence.

  • Renewal

    Application elements

    When the position occupied is the same as that which justified the issuance of the initial work permit:

    • certificate of presence in the position provided by the employer,
    • The last 3 pay slips (if these documents do not prove respect for the initially established compensation terms, the government may request the production of additional slips),
    • the most recent statement of social security contributions sent to the body responsible for their collection, and where applicable, to the paid annual leave fund,
    • for cases set out in bilateral social security agreements, the certificate of secondment.

    For the first renewal, if the foreign national no longer occupies the position that justified the previous work permit:

    If the worker is laid off:

    • the letter of termination of the employment contract,
    • employer's attestation to the body paying unemployment benefits,
    • employment certificate.

    When the worker has found a new occupation or has changed employers:

    • The last 3 pay slips (if these documents do not prove respect for the initially established compensation terms, the government may request the production of additional slips),

    For subsequent renewals:

    If the foreign national is working:

    • employment certificate.

    If the foreign national is seeking employment:

    • where applicable, an attestation from the body paying unemployment benefits establishing the period of coverage remaining and the total compensation.

    Potential additional documents

    n/a

    Application submission

     Prefecture.

    Application evaluation

     Prefecture.

    Issuance of the residence permit

     Prefecture.

Taxes to pay

  • Taxes due by the employer

    For an employment contract of a duration of longer than 3 months and less than 12 months:

    €74 for salaries less than or equal to the SMICMinimum growth wage,
    €210 for salaries greater than the SMICMinimum growth wage and less than or equal to 1.5 times the SMICMinimum growth wage,
    €300 for salaries greater than 1.5 times the SMICMinimum growth wage,
    For an employment contract of a duration of 12 months or longer:
    55% of the gross monthly salary up to 2.5 times the SMICMinimum growth wage.
  • Taxes due by the foreign national for issuance

    €241

  • Taxes due by the foreign national for renewal

    €87

  • Taxes due by family member

Reference documents

 

The Official Journal (JORF), CESEDA may be consulted at the www.legifrance.gouv.fr web-site.