France has recently published significant changes to the immigration rules though an implementation date has not been determined. The proposed draft-law includes the introduction of multi-year permits, the creation of new categories and elimination of short-term work permits for assignments that are under 3 months. Below is a brief outline of the possible changes.

  • Four Year Permit: All non-EU nationals (except for visitors, trainees, and self-employed professionals) would be able to renew their one-year permits for multiple year permits valid for a maximum of four years, providing that they can justify their adhesion to French values.
  • Talent Passports: A certain number of the existing work permit categories would be modified and two new categories would be created under a single permit called the “Talent Passport”. The nine sub-categories include:
    1. Entrepreneur*: for people who have either a master’s degree or a minimum of five year’s professional experience who wish to start a business, the criteria is still to be decided;
    2. Highly Qualified Worker*: this category would replace the European Blue Card permit and there would probably be no major changes;
    3. Intra-Company Transfer*: there would be an additional requirement for an employee who is moved to the French company, therefore becoming a French employee. The employee must have a minimum of three months employment with the group;
    4. Artist*: no changes are foreseen;
    5. Talent Passport*:  for internationally recognized foreign nationals in the areas of science, literature, education, sport, or intellectual fields. Changes are still to be determined;
    6. Young Qualified Graduate: a new category for students who have obtained a master degree or high level graduates from a French university who have been proposed an employment contract with a minimum salary, that still remains to be decided;
    7. Scientist: no changes are proposed;
    8. Inventor Category: this would replace the previous Exceptional Economic Contribution category, the minimum investment would be reduced to 500 K€ from the previous requirement of 10 million €, and the creation of 10 jobs rather than the previous requirement to create 50 jobs;
    9. Executive Officer: this would replace the permit Skills & Talents, with no major changes.

(*The above five categories would not require a separate work permit.)

(All accompanying family members of all Talent Passport visa holders could apply for multi-annual permits and would be allowed to work.)


This alert was prepared with the help of Expat Partners.

Please note that this is general information only and not intended as advice on a specific matter. Please feel free to contact Fakhoury Global Immigration directly with questions exclusive to your situation. This news alert may have been prepared using information from Peregrine Immigration Management, which is licensed to Fakhoury Global Immigration.