The VIE Program


 Is your company French or doing business with France? 
Consider the VIE Program + J-1 visa package for your HR needs.

What is the VIE program? Volunteer for International Experience

The VIE is a hassle-free HR package offered by the French government which allows your company to easily recruit high-profile young professional trainees and interns from Europe. It is entirely flexible and comes with many financial advantages, which explains why the program has been so successful.

Since its inception in 2001: 
 - 40,000 VIEs have been hosted by more than 4,500 companies worldwide. 
 - 7,400 VIEs are currently on assignment for 1,700 companies in 130 countries.

What are the benefits?

- A turnkey solution to your HR needs 
BUSINESS FRANCE handles administrative procedures (payroll administration, contract, insurance and, upon request, travel and recruitment processes). The FACC works with the host company in the U.S. to approve and process the J-1 visa application for the VIE candidate.

2 Fiscal incentives & subsidies 
The full cost of the VIE is charged to the French company, not the host company. In addition, the VIE Program is exempt from taxation in France. The company in France is also entitled to certain fiscal advantages (tax deductible for subsidies, tax credit for SMEs, etc.) as well as regional subsidies. 

3 Flexible 
A variety of private sector assignments are possible, with a duration ranging from 6 to 18 months in the U.S. (can be extended to 24 months maximum in other countries). Candidates can be trained in France and transferred to another subsidiary of the same company in the U.S. or elsewhere.

4 High-profile young professionals 
BUSINESS FRANCE has a pool of 45,000 young professionals waiting to learn from and contribute to your business. These young professionals are: 

- Graduates of Europe’s best schools and universities 
- Citizens of the European Economic Area 
- 60% are between 25 and 29 years old

Companies can choose their trainee or intern candidates by their own recruitment methods, or BUSINESS FRANCE can assist in the recruitment process.

For more information:

Please refer to the following VIE Guides:

About the VIE Program

Quote on VIE Program Costs

For more information about the VIE program, please contact Maxime Granger, VIE Program Department, BUSINESS FRANCE at +1 (212) 400-2172 or Candidates may also reference the Civiweb portal for more information

For general information about the FACC J-1 visa program, please contact the FACC International Career Development Programs Department at +1 (212) 867-0123 or