French citizens aren’t required to comply with any formalities, but for everyone else – even other EU citizens (with the exception of those with very specialised skills) – it’s difficult to work in French Polynesia. Unless you’re a pearl grafter, a Chinese chef or a banking executive, you stand little chance. Authorisation to take up paid employment is subject to the granting of a temporary-residence permit, issued by the French state, and a work permit, issued by the territory.