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FRANCE: Procedure for Trainiees Whose Qualifying Period is Less Than 3 Months Eased

The procedure for trainees whose qualifying period is less than three months has been eased.

An internal and unpublished instruction sent to local labor authorities (DIRECCTE) facilitates the processing of short-term (less than three months) training, otherwise regulated by the circular NOR IMI0900079C.

To facilitate the authorization procedure for trainees whose training in France is for a period of less than three months and reduce the processing time, it is no longer necessary to seek the prior authorization of the local labor authorities (Direction Régionale des Entreprises, de la Concurrence, de la Consommation, du Travail et de l’Emploi de la Consommation, du Travail et de l’Emploi, or DIRECCTE).

The execution of a written training agreement remains necessary. However, verification of internship agreements will be made now as follows:

  • If the foreign national needs a visa to enter France, the consulate issuing the short-stay visa in the home country will verify the agreement and inform DIRECCTE.
  • If the foreign national does not need a visa, the employer should submit a copy of the agreement to DIRECCTE before the training starts.
The relevant authorities will then inform the labor inspectorate. An audit of the training will be conducted as part of an ordinary labor inspection of the company.

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