VIE (Volontariat International en Entreprise)

Volunteer for International Experience

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The VIE (Volunteer for International Experience) 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 
UBIFRANCE 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. The J-1 visa procedure is handled by the New-York Chapter of the FACC, which is authorized by the U.S. State Department to sponsor eligible Interns and Trainees on a J-1 visa.

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. 

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. 

High-profile young professionals 
UBIFRANCE 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 UBIFRANCE can assist in the recruitment process.


For more information about the VIE program:

Contact Sydney Fleurance, VIE Program Department, UBIFRANCE at +1 (212) 400-2191 or sydney.fleurance(at) .

Download HERE the leaflet from UBIFRANCE with all the relevant information regarding background, legal aspects, procedure and costs of VIE.

If you are interested, there are details HERE on hosting a VIE in the United States. 




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