A work permit is the permission to take a job within a foreign country. It may also be a permit given to minors allowing them to work legally under child labor laws. Within an industry, a work permit may be required to execute certain functions within a factory outside normal operational tasks such as maintenance tasks in some places they might be called Permit to Work. What to do if your work permit is about to expire or if you want to change jobs, open work permits for permanent resident applicants. You are coming to work in France as a foreign employee of a company located in France or abroad. Whatever the length of your stay for business purposes, you must typically obtain a work permit before you can take up paid employment in France. There are a number of exemptions from the work permit requirement as well as multi-year residence permits that are equivalent to work permits.