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Finding a job in Paris is not easy. In the past 30 years, there has been a virtual freeze on the hiring of nationals of all countries other than citizens of the European Union. Unemployment in France is currently at about 10% (over 3 million people in mainland France), and French laws and regulations governing immigration and employment in France are strictly enforced. For example, the Government of France may not approve any request for a job paying less than 3,835 Euro a month (gross) unless your specialty is in great demand in France.

There are really only two categories of foreigners in France who are free to be legally employed:

  • Bearers of a carte de résident who have resided in France in that category for at least ten years and spouses of French citizens
  • Highly skilled technicians and qualified managerial (cadre) personnel

Some students can qualify for part-time au-pair employment, and other students can qualify for part-time or summer employment. With a student visa one is normally permitted to work up to 20 hours per week. There are also some voluntary collective work programs, however visas for any of these jobs must be obtained before entering France.

European regulations specify the list of countries whose nationals are exempt from visa requirement to enter the Schengen Area. Exempt from visa requirement for France’s territory in Europe are :

  • citizens of the EU, the EEA and Switzerland
  • nationals of the following countries, …