Domestic workers [fr]

Attention : No application will be received without a valid work permit. Please ensure to have it before booking an appointment.

It is mandatory to obtain an appointment online, under the employee’s name - not the employer’s - to apply for a visa. Application time slots are between 8:30 and 12:30 from Monday to Friday.

On scheduled interview, applicants must come in person with their passport and all original documents, with a complete set of photocopies. The Consulate won’t do any photocopies and it won’t be possible to complete your application later.

All documents submitted to the visa department have to be written in French or English. If not, they have to be accompanied by a certified translation.

Please pay close attention to the list of required documents. An incomplete application leads to the visa being refused. Application fees are non-refundable.


It is highly recommended to start the three-step procedure several weeks before departure.

This visa procedure for « domestic helpers » has been implemented in order to comply with article R. 341-1 of the Labour Law, stating that : « […] a foreigner who is not a national of any of the member Nations of the European Community, a Nation belonging to the European Economic Area or the Swiss Confederation […] must, to exercise a professional salaried activity in France, hold a work permit […] ».

1st step) The employer:

a) fills out the Cerfa form 15188*01 « demande d’autorisation de travail pour un salarié détaché » [request for temporary work permit A.P.T.]. The form can be downloaded from our website or from It must be signed by the employer and mentioning the planned duration of stay in France.

Example of a completed form can be found here.

b) sends the form and a copy of the employee’s passport via e-mail (or mail) to the local labour department (email addresses can be found here, postal addresses can be found on DIRECCTE websites), as an attached document to a message stating:
- as "subject": Demande d’APT pour du personnel de maison,
- if the temporary work permit is requested for 1 year validity or not (for a maximum stay of 90 days per period of 180 days),
- the address of the first place of stay in France.

c) registers with the designated URSSAF office (tax collection office).

2d step) The local DIRECCTE:

a) stamps and signs the form Cerfa 15188*01 which will then be valid as temporary working permit (APT),

b) returns the form to the employer via e-mail,

c) sends the original APT to the address of the first place of stay in France.

Please note:

- This type of visa allows to travel all over the Schengen area but does not allow to work in any of the Schengen member states apart from France.
- This type of visa is required even for very short stays.
- The employee’s salary cannot be lower than the SMIC [minimum wage], amounting to a gross hourly rate of 9,67 euros as of 1st January 2016 (1466,62 euros monthly on the basis of 35 working hours per week).
- The case arising, the DIRECCTE may request photocopies of previous salary slips and/or proof of URSSAF tax payment.

Useful information:

- Information leaflet Cerfa form 15188*01 (in French only).
- Example of a completed form

The Consulate shall only issue the visa if provided with the temporary work permit stamped and signed by the DIRECCTE

3d step) The employee:

has to apply for the visa with the following supporting documents:

- 1 short stay visa form duly completed and signed
- 1 colour ID picture, passport size with white background (35x45mm) (example)
- Valid passport (3 months validity after the return from your trip) + 1 copy of the identity page
- 1 copy of the Hong Kong / Macau ID
- 1 copy of the Hong Kong / Macau visa (valid 1 month after the return from your trip)
- 1 copy of all pages of the work permit (Form Cerfa 15188*01), stamped and signed by the DIRECCTE
- 1 guarantee letter (to download here) from the employer regarding the return and travel expenses of the employee
- 1 copy of the ID page of employer’s passport and 1 copy of employer’s Schengen visa if applicable
- 1 copy of the employer’s bank statement, less than 3 months old
- Sworn affidavit signed by the employer to register with URSSAF
- Plane ticket or confirmed booking with detailed itinerary (return ticket)
- If you are going to several Schengen countries, 1 copy of the transport bookings for the whole itinerary (border crossings)
- Travel insurance (medical expenses, coverage for at least 30 000 EUR, hospitalization and repatriation) valid for the whole trip together with details of the coverage

Other documents may be requested on a case by case basis.

Processing time : click here

CAUTION: between mid-April and late July getting an appointment can take up to one month.

Note: we cannot issue a visa more than 3 months before your departure date.

publié le 16/08/2016

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