Visa for Domestic Workers

It is mandatory to obtain an appointment to apply for a visa. Application time slots are between 8:00 and 11:00 from Sunday to Thursday.

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.


This visa procedure for « domestic helpers » has been implemented in order to comply with article R. 341-1 of the Labor 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 […] ».

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

- 1st step) The employer:

a) Fill 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) Send 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.

- 2nd step) The local DIRECCTE:

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

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

c) Send 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 9,61 euros as of 1st January 2015 (1457,52 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

- 3rd step) The employee:

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

Short stay visa Application: Download the application form
duly filled
1 colour ID picture, passport size with white background (35x45mm)
• Valid passport (3 months validity after the return from your trip)
1 copy of the CPR
1 copy of a Valid Resident Permit
1 copy of all pages of the work permit (Form Cerfa 15188*01), stamped and signed by the DIRECCTE
1 guarantee letter from the employer regarding the return and travel expenses of the employee (along with 1 copy of bank statements less than 3 months old)
1 copy of the ID page of employer’s passport and 1 copy of employer’s Schengen visa if applicable
Plane ticket or confirmed booking with detailed itinerary (return ticket)
Travel insurance (healthcare / emergency hospitalization / repatriation, coverage for at least 30 000 EUR) valid for the whole trip together with details of the coverage

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

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

published on 22/10/2015

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