France is a popular destination for tourists, especially Paris and its Eiffel Tower. This country has a rich history, breathtaking views, and popular cuisine. Tourists keep coming back to France due to its elegance and sophistication.
As of 2012, there have been 50,000 Filipinos residing in France, half of which is undocumented. Given the population, we can conclude that France has a good economic status and it has a lot of job opportunities open for overseas Filipinos workers.
In terms of wages and salaries, Filipino workers in France tend to fare better than those from other countries. This is attributed to the strong reputation that Filipinos have for being hardworking and reliable employees with a wide range of skills. Moreover, they are viewed favourably by French employers due to the fact that they usually speak English as well as their native language.
Overall, it is clear that the presence of Filipinos in France has been growing rapidly over recent years, which is indicative of the strength of the employment opportunities available for foreign nationals in France. So, if you are interested in working in France as an OFW, please check the details on how you can search for jobs online below.
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Visit this post to be taken to the website where you can view the list of requirements that you must fulfill as an OFW.
A high school graduate and at least 23 years old are requirements for applicants. To work, he or she must be both physically and mentally fit.
Apply for DMW jobs in France. Here is a step-by-step guide on how to search for DMW jobs in France for Filipinos.
In this article, you will learn how to apply for the DMW job openings in France for Filipinos. You can apply for any kind of job in France as long as you are eligible for the job.
But before checking the steps below, please take a look at these 11 steps that all aspirant OFWs need to undergo before working abroad.
I. Job Search
Searching for jobs in France is easy if you know where to start. Several job platforms in France are dedicated to working with foreigners or have general job search functions. You should check out the websites and see whether any of them appear to be well-suited for your needs.
Filipinos who want to find work in France or who already live there but want to switch jobs can post their resumes, job requirements, and other relevant information on this site.
To start searching for jobs using this website, please follow the steps below.
1. Click the link above. You will be redirected to a website that looks like this.
Click the orange oval with ‘Search’ on it. This will open in a new tab.
2. Click the orange oval with ‘Search’ on it. This will open in new tab. On the left search bar, enter the job that you are looking for and the preferred location on the right. In this case, I entered ‘customer service’ on the job and ‘France’ on the location. Hit ‘Search’.
3. You will be shown search results on the job that you’ve searched for. You may click the job posts to reveal additional information about the job and follow the instruction shown if there are additional processes that you should undergo.
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To get started, just follow the procedures below.
1. Click the link above to bring you on this website. The website interface looks like this.
2. Scroll down until you see this. Click ‘Apply Now’ under the Momji Bilingual Mommy.
3. You will be redirected to a new page (My Application). Just fill in the necessary details requested by the website. You can use the picture below as your reference. Click ‘Next’.
If you have a VISA that allows you to work in France, select YES, if none, select NO.
4. After filling out the first page, you will need to fill out the second page of the form. The form looks like this. Fill this up with honesty. Hit ‘Next’.
5. Next is the third page of the form. Choose among the icons of your interests and hobbies. Then, click ‘Next’.
6. The last page requires you to fill in your details such as name, birth date, email address, and phone number. And click ‘Validate’.
7. You will be shown a message processing for validation of your application so that you can start finding a Momji family to hire you. You will receive a message confirming whether your application is successful or not.
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Follow the steps below to search for jobs in France.
1. Click the link above to redirect you to the site.
2. In the ‘Select Region’, there is no need to select France. Click the ‘Select Role’ and you can select from the drop-down choices what job you are applying for. In this case, I selected ‘Data Analyst’.
The website provides a range of services that Filipinos can utilize to learn more about the rights of migrant workers, the services offered, and advice on how to get jobs abroad. Additionally, there is a section devoted to DMW news and updates.
To start searching for jobs using this website, please refer to the steps below.
1. Click the link above.
2. Scroll down until you see a search bar. Enter the country you wished to work for in the search bar. In this case, entered ‘France’.
3. You will be shown job posts related to your search.
Note: Prepare your resume, application letter, and basic documents(birth certificate, NBI or Police clearance, and diplomas) before applying for a job. Apply and apply until you secure a job offer. After securing a job offer, follow the instructions of your employer/agency like complying with additional requirements and getting a work visa.
II. Getting a Work Permit
For anyone who seeks to enter France and stay there for more than three months, up to a year, for work-related reasons, long-stay work visas have been introduced. Each of them has specific requirements and eligibility criteria, as well as duties that must be correctly completed to be granted a long-stay Work Visa.
French Salaried Employees Visa
For people who want to work for up to a year in France. When applying for this type of visa, you must show a DIRECCTE-approved work contract.
Requirements for French Salaried Employees Visa
Take care to gather the documents by the requirements in your home country as the requirements may vary from country to country, though the variations should not be substantial. The following papers must be submitted to apply for a French work visa:
- Completed the application form for a work visa in France. Make sure to accurately and honestly fill out the form.
- Two pictures. Two photos should be included with the other documents that you submit. They cannot be more than three months old.
- Your Current Passport. Check your passport’s validity and issue date before applying. It must be current—issued no more than ten years ago—and be good for at least three months after the end of your intended stay in France. To apply for the visa sticker, the passport needs to have at least two blank pages.
- Evidence Of Financial Capacity. The French government is interested in learning how you plan to support yourself while you are there. As part of this requirement, you should submit the following documents, as applicable to your situation: recent bank records, a contract of employment ( If you plan to work in France), money received from a rented property, a plan for retirement benefits, a letter from your sponsor indicating their willingness to pay for your expenses during your stay, along with paperwork attesting to their financial ability to do so (i.e. bank statements of last 3 months, other) and additional documentation demonstrating your ability to support yourself throughout your stay in France.
- A criminal history certificate demonstrating your lack of involvement in any active criminal cases
- A receipt for the French work visa fee.
Additional Requirements for the Visa of Salaried Employees
Form OFII. which is a document filled out to request a residence permit in France for stays longer than three months.
Work agreement. A copy of the original work agreement and the original must be submitted for DIRECCTE approval. When a request is approved, the OFII notifies the employer and then sends the request to the appropriate French consulate.
Police clearance. A national criminal history record check must have not been obtained more than three months ago in your home country.
French Work Visa for Professionals and independent workers
Some jobs, like bailiffs, notaries, judicial administrators, and insurance general agents, are not allowed for people who are not from the EU. Others, like doctors, lawyers, architects, and so on, will need permission from the professional body for their field. Before applying for this type of visa, you should make sure you know what you need to do to work in your field in France.
Requirements for French Work Visa for Professionals and independent workers
- Evidence of status and financial means. which includes the three most recent bank statements, a list of all transactions, and, if the applicant is employed, the three most recent pay stubs.
- Evidence that supports your socio-professional situation (degrees, a resume, employment documents, a portfolio, etc.)
- Official declaration. sworn declaration, properly witnessed by a justice of the peace, attesting that the applicant has not been convicted of a crime in each of the 10 countries in which they have resided in the last ten years.
- Police clearance. A national criminal history record check must have not been obtained more than three months ago in your home country.
Steps in Obtaining a French Work Visa
1. Set up an appointment – In most cases, you can schedule an appointment online. Some nations, though, do not provide this choice, in which case you will need to schedule an appointment in person at the embassy or consulate.
2. Pay the visa fee – On the day of your interview, pay the visa fee. Keep the receipt you receive because you will need it later to show the consular officer as proof that you have done so.
A long-stay Work Visa for France costs EUR 99. However, the following individuals are exempt from paying the fee:
- A member of the French national’s family
- A member of the family of an EU, EEA, or Swiss national
- A kid who was adopted by a French person
3. Show up for the interview – On the appointed day, be sure to arrive at the embassy promptly. Try to calm down and relax. Wear something stylish but comfortable. It is strongly advised that you arrange your documents in the prescribed order in advance.
III. Preparation for Going to France
Now, you are moving to France for work. You need to consider several things from packing your bags to adjusting to the culture. The following will give you an idea of what you need to pay attention to before going to live in France.
Climate: In general, France experiences frigid winters with temperatures between 0°C and 7°C and warm summers with temperatures averaging between 16°C to 23.8°C. The Mediterranean, on the other hand, has a different climate, with scorching summers and moderate winters.
Living expenses: The fact that France’s cost of living is significantly higher than the Philippines’ may surprise you. In actuality, France’s cost of living is quite expensive when compared to other western European nations. But Paris is largely to blame for the increase in these average prices.
Compared to other cities, especially in the countryside or the south, Paris has a significantly higher cost of living. To properly prepare yourself, investigate the city and the cost of living before relocating to France.
Getting a place to stay in France: Finding a new home is one of the hurdles you must clear when moving to France. Even while you’re still in the Philippines, you can begin looking for new housing because house hunting is a time-consuming and difficult process.
To learn more about the homes or apartments, as well as the costs of the properties, you can start visiting various websites. Similar to other nations, living in larger cities like Paris is more expensive than it is in nearby suburban communities.
It would be better to rent a place first if you are unsure of where you want to settle down in France. Additionally, it would give you more time to acclimate to a new country and city and meet new people.
Once you’ve located a rental, you’ll typically require the following:
- Identification documentation
- Evidence of French residency
- Evidence of income (e.g. Bank statements from the last three months or income over the last 3 years)
- References from prior tenants (if you’ve lived in France before)
Do’s and Don’ts in France
Do as the French say when you’re in France, which means you should respect their traditions and manners if you want to have a more pleasant and welcoming experience.
Here are some quick pointers to aid in your adjustment to living in a place where customs and rituals are important:
1. Do introduce yourself (“Bonjour”) when entering a place of business (such as a store, restaurant, etc.) before you start looking around or asking questions. When leaving, say “Au revoir” (goodbye).
2. Do brush up on your French. It will demonstrate your effort to learn the language and your respect for it. Several words:
- Hello (“Bonjour”) (“Bonjour”)
- Many thanks (“Merci”)
- Pardon me (“Excusez-moi”)
- S’il vous plaît (please)
- I’m lost (“Je suis perdu”)
- Where are the restrooms located? (“Where are the restrooms?”)
- I’m not fluent in French. English only, please ( “I don’t speak French. Please use English if possible “)
3. Be aware that there may be a small fee to use the restroom in locations like a train station or department store (ie. 0.35 Euros)
4. Do ride the metro (subway), and keep your ticket in your possession until you exit the station. If you don’t have your ticket stub, you risk being stopped by the police and being fined.
5. Before getting on a train, don’t forget to validate your ticket. At the “quai” or platform’s entrance, there are validating machines.
6. Be sure to dress properly. Jeans are acceptable, but running shoes, flip-flops, and shorts are not. They are for exercising and going to the beach.
7. When introducing yourself, shake hands with strangers and “air kiss” people who are close to you. When you air kiss, you approach the other person’s cheek as though you’re going to kiss their cheek. It is a custom known as “Faire la bise” that denotes friendship. The quantity of kisses varies by location. In most of France, one kisses each cheek once; in other regions, it may be one to three times.
8. Do take into account a prix fixe menu, which features an appetizer, a main course, and a dessert for a set price. There are numerous options on some restaurants’ prix fixe menus for each course. Some restaurants offer wine-infused menus.
9. Do give a “picket” of wine some thought. Although it is referred to as a “jug,” wine comes in carafes that are either 25 or 50 cl in size (250 ml or 500 ml). It is the restaurant’s house wine and is frequently excellent and reasonably priced.
10. Do consider finding the sale of wine and alcoholic beverages in supermarkets and the Monoprix store.
1. Unless you are extremely familiar with someone, avoid addressing them as “you.” Because it is more formal, use “vous.”
2. Avoid bringing coffee with you and drinking it as you cross the street. Sit at a table or stand at the bar to consume it in a cafe.
3. At an outdoor market, refrain from touching the produce. Just tell the seller what you want.
4. Avoid requesting a cafe au lait to complete your meal. This beverage is consumed at breakfast.
5. Don’t eat quickly. The French take pleasure in their downtime over a meal or cup of coffee. Take your time, at least 2 hours, to enjoy the flavors.
6. Keep in mind that most people have lunch between 12 and 2 p.m., so don’t count on all stores being open during this time.
7. Don’t assume that everyone can understand and speak English.
8. You usually won’t need to tip because the 15% service charge is already included in the bill. “Service Compris” will appear on the invoice. However, it is customary to tip more at dinner if the service was particularly good.
9. Don’t anticipate getting ice in your beverage. Compared to North America, ice-filled drinks are just harder to find in France.
10. Eat dinner at 8:00 p.m. or later. Pre-dinner beverages like wine, beer, a kir, or pastis are more acceptable during cocktail hour (also known as “apero”) between 7:00 and 8:00 pm. It may be served with crackers or nuts.
IV. Arrival in France
Over time, there are certain procedures to follow on arrival in France, which may not be evident from the French law, but which everybody familiar with the system tends to know by instinct. In other words, despite being perfectly legal, these procedures seem to be considered as a matter of course, as if it were common knowledge that people should behave in this way or like this – even if it is sometimes justifiable to take different courses of action.
When the Border Police ask you to do so after you arrive in France, the supporting documents listed below must be produced:
- A passport that is valid for at least three months after the planned departure date and was issued no more than ten years ago;
- If necessary, a valid visa;
- A valid town hall-issued certificate of staying with a relative or a hotel reservation as proof of lodging for the entirety of the stay;
- A sufficient amount of money. The means of subsistence will be determined based on the length and purpose of the visit as well as the average cost of lodging and food in the Member States;
- Your ability to purchase a return ticket at the anticipated return date;
- Any document that details your job title or other qualifications, as well as the businesses or organizations in France that are expecting you if you’re traveling on business.
- You must possess a certificate of insurance that covers all potential medical and hospital costs for the duration of your stay in France, as well as any costs associated with medical repatriation and costs incurred in the event of death.
Opening a bank account in France
It is advised to open a local French bank account if you are relocating to France permanently or for an extended period. Having one would make it simpler for you to be paid, pay your bills, and rent.
You can select from three distinct types of bank accounts:
- Existing account (Compte courant)
- Account for general savings (Livret)
- (Compte à Terme or Compte d’Epargne Logement) Long-term savings account
The following paperwork is normally required to create a bank account in France:
- Identification documentation (e.g. passport)
- Evidence of address (e.g. tenancy agreement, utility bill)
- Dwelling situation (e.g. valid French visa)
- Proof of enrollment in school or work (e.g. employment contract, letter of enrolment)
Knowing how the French healthcare system works
All citizens of France are required by law to have health insurance. However, since France is renowned for having a first-rate healthcare system, there is no need to be concerned.
France’s healthcare system was ranked seventh among the best in the world in 2021, according to the CEOWORLD Magazine Health Care Index.
French health insurance was historically only available to foreigners who met specific requirements. The Protection Maladie Universelle (PUMA), the nation’s new universal public healthcare system, was unveiled by the French government in 2016.
Most migrants are now qualified for public health insurance under this new program. Private health insurance is an option for those who lack coverage or who want to improve their coverage.
You can sign up for French healthcare after spending at least three months in France by contacting your neighborhood Caisse Primaire Assurance Maladie (CPAM) office, which you can locate on the Ameli website.
Then, you must get ready for the following:
- Identification documentation (e.g. passport)
- Evidence of French residency
- Evidence of address (e.g. utility bill)
- Birth certificates and marriage licenses if you’re with family
- Evidence of income
After that, to access healthcare in the nation, you will need to give your insurance company a declaration (Declaration de Médecin Traitant).
You will receive a health card (carte vitale) after registering, which you must show to receive free medical care.
Video: Magkano ba ang Sahod Ng OFW sa Paris France | Pinoy vlogger sa Paris
This video talks about the job opportunities of Filipinos in France and the salary from these jobs.
Frequently Asked Questions
On this page, the author would want to compile some Frequently Asked Questions about searching for jobs in Paris for Filipinos. The questions and answers will be numbered so that they may be easily referred to at any time.
1. What job can I do in France without speaking French?
If you want to work in France but don’t speak French, the best way to do so is to look for international companies. Look for customer-facing jobs instead, since many companies will be looking for people who can speak English. Lastly, try to find work in the tourism or hospitality business.
2. How long can a Filipino stay in France?
You need to apply for a long-stay visa ahead of time if you plan to stay in France for more than 90 days. In this case, your nationality doesn’t get you out of having to do something. No matter how long you plan to stay, your long-stay visa must be valid for between three months and a year.
3. How long is a visa application for France from Philippines?
If you want a short-stay visa, you should send in your paperwork at least 5 days before you plan to leave for France. You should apply at least 15 days ahead of time for a long-stay visa. It could take anywhere from 4 to 8 weeks.
4. Do ex-pats pay taxes in France?
The following year, both resident and non-resident taxpayers are required to file an annual French income tax return.
5. How long can I live in France without paying taxes?
As long as their compensation is paid by or on behalf of an employer who is not established in France, an employee who has resided in France for fewer than 183 days does not have to pay tax on income earned through their employment in the nation.
The steps above are just a few tips for getting employed in France. Be smart and follow instructions such as using the internet to your advantage, having updated documents with you, and bringing along a friend who can help you with the interview process.