Work permit for French Polynesia

Employment of foreign employees in French Polynesia

Any person who is not of French nationality, including citizens from any country that is part of the European Union, wishing to find paid employment in French Polynesia:

  • for a period of employment which does not exceed 15 days ;
  • for a period of employment which exceeds 15 days

must be granted a work permit by Service de l’Emploi, de la Formation et de l’Insertion professionnelles (SEFI).

List of documents required to apply (if period of employment does not exceed 15 days):

The employer must provide Service de l’Emploi, de la Formation et de l’Insertion professionnelles (SEFI) - contact details provided at the bottom of this page - with:

  • A certificate stating:

- The foreign employee’s identity, nationality and address;
- The name and address of the employer based outside of French Polynesia;
- Where releveant, the name and address of the company where the foreign employee will work in French Polynesia;
- The reasons for, nature of, and duration of the foreign employee’s temporary employment;
- Proof that the foreign employee will continue to be paid by their overseas-based employer.

If the foreign employee will be temporarily employed by a company in French Polynesia, this certificate may be prepared by the company in question.

NB: All documents and certificates issued in a foreign language must be submitted to Service de l’Emploi, de la Formation et de l’Insertion professionnelles (SEFI) with a French translation.

  • And:

- Two recent passport photographs of the applicant;
- Photocopy of the applicant’s passport.

Once this application has been authorised by Service de l’Emploi, de la Formation et de l’Insertion professionnelles (SEFI) , it becomes a work permit.

List of documents required to apply (if period of employment exceeds 15 days):

The employer must provide Service de l’Emploi, de la Formation et de l’Insertion professionnelles (SEFI) - contact details provided at the bottom of this page - with:

  • A certificate stating :

- The foreign employee’s identity, nationality and address;
- Name and address of the employer based outside of French Polynesia;
- Where relevant, the name and address of the company where the foreign employee will work in French Polynesia;
- The reasons for, nature of, and duration of the foreign empoyee’s temporary employment;
- Proof that the foreign employee will continue to be paid by their overseas-based employer.

If the foreign employee will be temporarily employed by a company in French Polynesia, this certificate may be prepared by the company in question.

NB: All documents and certificates issued in a foreign language must be submitted to Service de l’Emploi, de la Formation et de l’Insertion professionnelles (SEFI) with a French translation.

  • And

- Two recent passport photos of the applicant;
- Photocopy of the applicant’s passport.

If a work permit is granted, an employment card is made available to the applicant at the Service de l’Emploi, de la Formation et de l’Insertion professionnelles (SEFI). The work permit will be granted for a maximum of 6 months. It cannot be renewed.

How long will the application take to process?

- From 1 to 2 months.

- At the end of this period, the employer will be advised in writing of the decision.

Contact details for Service de l’Emploi, de la Formation et de l’Insertion professionnelles (SEFI)

  • Address:
    Service de l’Emploi, de la Formation et de l’Insertion professionnelles (SEFI)
    Cellule protection du marché du travail
    BP 540
    98713 Papeete
    Tahiti
    French Polynesia
  • Phone number: (++689) 46 12 42 – 46 12 43
  • Fax number: (++689) 46 12 19
  • Click here to visit the Service de l’Emploi, de la Formation et de l’Insertion professionnelles (SEFI)’s website.

Dernière modification : 11/04/2013

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