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Become a model in Paris: Career and Work Visa

Do you dream of becoming a model? Or want to grab an opportunity in the fashion capital for a boosting modeling career? Then fear not, the opportunity is just waiting if you have the zeal.

So many young aspirers for a modeling career want to visit once the fashion capital Paris to try their luck. There are few options and steps to be followed to grab a chance to work with the best designers and brands like, Gucci, Yves Saint Laurent, Versace, Salvatore Ferragamo, Chanel and so many more.

There are some of the formalities which you need to follow and get your work visa in Paris as a model. So as to walk the ramp in future there is a small plank to be walked while applying for the French work visa.   

A guide to French Work Visa:

There are different varieties of Visas available which gives you options to work in several directions.

First and foremost apply to modeling agencies in Paris. Send your portfolios and seek their approval as they have several pre requisites to hire you as a model for their agency or company. The criteria to for models in Paris Fashion Agencies are:

  • Height should be 5’9” to 6” (Female) and 6” to 6’2” (Male)
  • Body measurement should be 34-23-33 (Female) and 38 to 40 (Male)
  • Aspiring models should fit in clothes made in every season.
  • You should be of the French legal age of working which is 16 years.

After you qualify in these categories and you get your authorization letter to work in Paris. Now you are ready to apply for the work visa in Paris. Following are the types of work Visas you can take to work in Paris:

  • 3 months Visa (less than 90 days Visa):

This is for the people who want to work for a short term in Paris. You can use this period of time for getting an internship as the employer agency will produce your work contract to the local authority of the French Ministry of Labor (DIRECCTE).

  • Long Term Visa (working for more than 90 days):

If you are planning to have long time job tenure apply for the Long term Visa your employer agency will produce your work contract to the local authority of the French Ministry of Labor (DIRECCTE).

For both the visas short and the long term visas the DIRECCTE approves your contract it is then checked by the OFFI. As soon as OFFI approves your stay in France the French Consulate sends the approval to provide visa, to your home country Embassy.

When you arrive at the embassy carry all the required documents for the visa application and the kind of work permit you want to have. These permits allow you work in France and contribute to the French Economy. Your modeling career will fall under the category of Skill and Talent Permit. For which you will have to carry your CV, information about the work you will be involved with and evidence of sufficient funding (as per the French Authorities), meet the criteria which is decide by the Commission Nationale des Competences et Talents and show the approval from DIRECCTE.

If you are true to your dream, prepare all your documents for visa and get a portfolio and walk the ramp in the capital city of fashion, Paris.


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