As a general rule, if you go to work in France, you are no longer covered by the social security scheme of your own country but that of France.
There are a wide range of forms you may need in order to live and work in France.
You can obtain copies of these forms from the appropriate social security and employment authorities in your own country. Here is a summary of the forms most frequently used.
Sickness Insurance FormsE 101
This form is issued to your employer if you are temporarily posted to work in France for a maximum period of one year (renewable once).
It guarantees that you will always be covered by the social security scheme of your own country, and is only issued under certain conditions: - your employer must still carry on an activity in your own country and employ staff in that country - there must be a direct relationship between you and your employer.
This form may also be used if you are self-employed and plan to work in France for a maximum period of one year. To get a copy of this form, you must be a self-employed worker in your own country and furnish proof that you are covered by the local social security scheme.
This is a new version of form E 101.
This form provides a record of your total periods of employment, contributions and residence in the same Member State.
Certifies entitlement to health benefits in a country other than that in which the person concerned is normally or was previously insured. Family members are also included.
Although similar to form E 111, this form is issued to you if you are going to study in or work as an au pair in France.
Certifies your entitlement to receive French social security benefits if you work in industry in your own country or frequently travel to France.
Issued to you by the social security authority of your own country if you are going to France for a short period, e.g. on holiday or for a business trip, and must be presented if you need medical treatment. Family members accompanying you are also covered if their names are entered on your social insurance card.
Certifies your entitlement, and that of members of your family, to social security insurance and benefits in France if you are a job-seeker receiving social security benefits and are going to France to look for work (used in conjunction with form E 303, see below).
Unemployment insurance formsE 301
Details the periods to be taken into account in calculating benefits.
It must be obtained before leaving your country of origin.
Details the members of the job-seeker's family, which is taken into account in calculating benefits (N.B. not necessary in France).
These forms (there are several different types) certify your entitlement if you are a job-seeker receiving social security benefits in your own country and wish to look for work in France, while continuing to receive your benefits (3 months maximum).
Before leaving your country to look for work in France, you must present the correct E 303 form to your local social security authority to obtain form E 119 (see above). You must keep this form and present it to the French health authorities if you need medical treatment.
On arriving in France, you must present the E 303 forms to the unemployment authorities (ASSEDIC) within a maximum period of 7 working days from the date on which the form was issued by your unemployment authority in the country in which you were receiving benefits. You will then receive the same unemployment benefits as in your own country. If you return to your own country before the form's expiry date (3 months), your total entitlement will remain valid, and you will resume receiving benefits as before. However, if you return after the expiry date, you will lose your entitlement, except in the case where special national measures apply.
Family benefit formsE 401
Details the composition of your family in order to allow the calculation of family benefits in France.
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As a general rule, if you go to work in France, you are no longer covered by the social security scheme of your own country but that of France. There are a wide range of forms you...