What is the change? Internal reorganization in the French labor office that services the Paris district is expected to cause delays in work permit processing.

What does the change mean? The change is expected to affect applications that are currently pending, as well as those that are filed in the next few weeks. Applicants should leave an extra two to four weeks in their timelines to account for the delays.

  • Implementation time frame:Immediate and ongoing.
  • Visas/permits affected:Work permits.
  • Who is affected:Employers and foreign nationals seeking work authorization in the Paris district.
  • Impact on processing times: Processing times were recently averaging between five and seven weeks but are expected to be delayed an additional two to four weeks.
  • Next steps:Delays are expected over the next few weeks. BAL will continue to follow events in France and report on significant changes in processing times.

Background: The internal change is only affecting the labor office in District 75, which serves Paris. Other labor offices in France are not experiencing delays at this point.

BAL Analysis: Businesses should adjust their timelines to account for the delays.

This alert has been provided by the BAL Global Practice group and our network provider located in France. For additional information, please contact your BAL attorney.

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