France – New Minimum Wage Requirements; New Work Permit Application Forms

Minimum wage increase:

As of January 1st, 2015, the hourly gross minimum wage in France increased from 9.53 EUR to 9.61 EUR. This 8% increase changes the monthly minimum salary from 1,445.38 EUR to 1,457.52 EUR per month.

Foreign nationals coming to France under the “salarié en mission” work permit category (intra-company transfers) must now earn a gross salary of at least 2,186.32 euros (1.5 times the French minimum wage) per month.

New work permit application forms:

As of January 1st, 2015, three (3) new work permit application forms have replaced previous forms:

  1. Work Permit Form for foreign national employee residing outside of France.
    • This form will be used for local hire work permits (work contract of three (3) months or more), including the European Blue Card and the work permit for young professionals.
  2. Work Permit Form for foreign national employee residing outside of France with a service contract or on an intra-company transfer.
    • This form will be used for employees seconded to France in the framework of a service contract or for ICT transferees
  3. Work Permit Form for foreign national employee residing in France.
    • This form will be used for change of status, renewals or change of employer

Important changes to note on the new forms:

    • The previous form related to the payment of the government fee (Taxe OFII) no longer exists. The information formerly collected by this form is now included in the new work permit forms.
    • When a local labor market search is required, information regarding the search must be included on the work permit application forms.
    • Companies are now asked to indicate the gross salary currently used for a job requiring the same qualification and similar duties/responsibilities on the work permit application form. The aim is to allow labor authorities to verify that employers comply with the principle of non-discrimination and equality of treatment.
    • For EU Blue Card holders, the new forms must indicate the diploma obtained by the applicant and/or the number of years of experience that the applicant has in the desired job.

Who is affected?

  • Intra Company Transferees
  • Work Permit Applications

What you need to do… 

  • Ensure that the salaries of future foreign national employees, specifically intra-company transfers, are compliant with new requirements.
  • Contact your Emigra Worldwide attorney or representative for further details on how these updates may impact you or your clients.

Emigra Worldwide will continue to monitor developments and will provide further information regarding any further changes in this situation. If you have any questions, or if you would like more information, please contact your Emigra  Worldwide representative.

The information above was provided by Emigra Worldwide. The information herein is for general information only and not intended as advice for a particular matter. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the global immigration professional with whom you work.