Yes, there are success stories. Various companies have managed to hire staff with a UK passport. However, the current process is tough and tiresome.
If you are a UK passport holder looking to be employed for the Ski Season, here is how it works:
- You need to receive sponsorship from a French company
For a company to sponsor a UK passport holder, they must prove that there is no EU candidate that is suitable for the job. To prove this, they must advertise the job with the French Jobseeker platform ‘Pole Emploi’ for at least 3 weeks. If they receive any applications, they must present a compelling case on why they did not employ the EU candidates.
If they manage to present the higher power with a convincing enough case, the application is sent to the Ministry of the Interior. The processing of the Work Permit can take between a week and a month to process.
The good news is, at present, most work permits are being granted. This is due to the mounting pressure to simply get resorts running. This is a highly contentious political decision and it is predicted to become tougher in the future.
Apply for your visa
Once you have secured a work permit, you can apply for your visa. This requires you to contact the consul in your own country. France has subcontracted a private company to deal with this. Employers are helping UK passport holders through this process.
The current process is gruelling and can take up to 6 months to process.