Seasonal workers
Last updated
December 8th 2014

This provision allows holders of seasonal employment contracts, agricultural or non agricultural, to stay in France provided they maintain their usual residence outside France.

Beneficiaries

Foreign nationals of third countries.

Holders of seasonal employment contracts of longer than 3 months agree to maintain their usual residence outside of France.

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.
Algerian nationals governed by the Franco-Algerian agreement dated December 27, 1968.

Conditions for issue

  • The employment situation is applicable. 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).
  • The seasonal employment contract must be longer than 3 months to obtain a CSTTemporary residence permit for "seasonal workers" (for an employment contract of less than 3 months, a residence permit will not be issued).

Exception(s)

n/a

Conditions for issue

n/a

Permit issued to the worker

Temporary residence permit for "seasonal workers" allowing entry into France for 3 years, for a maximum duration of 6 consecutive months out of 12 months. Dispenses with the CAIReception and integration contract. Renewable permit.

Permit issued to the family

n/a

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. 13654*02 and its appendixes,
    • Kbis extract, for a moral person (unless it has already been sent within the past 12 months and has not been modified),
    • Kbis 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,
    • evidence of the worker's qualifications and experience,
    • evidence of searches carried out to recruit an applicant already present on the labour market. 
    • questionnaire on housing for seasonal workers.

    Potential additional documents

    n/a

    Application submission

    DIRECCTERegional directorate for companies, competition, consumption, work and employment for the department where the host company is established (submitted by the employer).

    Application evaluation

    If the DIRECCTERegional directorate for companies, competition, consumption, work and employment accepts the application, it will send the file to the OFIIFrench Office of Immigration and Integration:

    • to the competent DTRegional Office, which will send the file electronically to the Consulate of France for the issuance of a visa for "seasonal work",
    • directly to the REForeign office under the agreements signed with Morocco and Tunisia. Before routing through the OFIIFrench Office of Immigration and Integration, Moroccan and Tunisian seasonal workers must sign a document, at the REForeign office,  through which they agree to return to their country upon the expiration of their contract and go to the Office in Casablanca or Tunis to establish their return. The REForeign office will send the signed contract to the Consulate for issuance of the visa under "CESEDACode for the Entry and Residence of Foreigners and Asylum Seekers L.313-10 4°". Upon arrival in France, the seasonal worker may work as long as he or she is in possession of his or her visa and signed employment contract. Upon arrival in France, seasonal workers must go to the Prefecture to solicit the issuance of a CSTTemporary residence permit for "seasonal workers".

    If a seasonal worker has signed several successive employment contracts, each new contract must be submitted by the new employer to the DIRECCTERegional directorate for companies, competition, consumption, work and employment which will verify that the total duration of the contracts does not exceed 6 months. The DIRECCTERegional directorate for companies, competition, consumption, work and employment will sign CERFACentre for the Registration and Revision of Administrative Forms form 13564*02.

    After the seasonal work period in France, workers must register with the REForeign office of the OFIIFrench Office of Immigration and Integration in Morocco or Tunisia to attest to their return to their country of origin. Nationals of other Countries must present their passports to the control services upon leaving France. If a seasonal worker does not leave France at the end of the 6 months authorised in France, he or she may have his or her CSTTemporary residence permit for "seasonal workers" revoked.

    Medical examination

    The required medical examination will be scheduled by the OFIIFrench Office of Immigration and Integration, just once, prior to the issue of the residence permit, within 3 months after the arrival of the seasonal worker in France.

    For Moroccan and Tunisian nationals, the medical examination will take place at the REForeign office.

    Issuance of the residence permit

     Prefecture.

  • Renewal

    Application elements

    n/a

    Potential additional documents

    n/a

    Application submission

    n/a

    Application evaluation

    In the  second and third years of validity of the CSTTemporary residence permit, the seasonal worker will be released from having to go to the Consulate, the employment contract signed by the DIRECCTERegional directorate for companies, competition, consumption, work and employment having simply been submitted upon arrival by the employer.

    After the employment period in France, foreign nationals must have their passport stamped upon leaving the territory to attest to their return, or by the REForeign office of the OFIIFrench Office of Immigration and Integration (Morocco and Tunisia). If a seasonal worker does not leave France at the end of the 6 months authorised in France, he or she may have his or her CSTTemporary residence permit for "seasonal workers" revoked.

     

    Issuance of the residence permit

    Prefecture in the place of residence.

Taxes to pay

  • Taxes due by the employer

    € 50 per month of activity.

  • Taxes due by the foreign national for issuance

     Exempt.

  • Taxes due by the foreign national for renewal

    Exempt.

  • Taxes due by family member

Reference documents

 

 

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