Employees transferred within a group: ‘Talent Passport – Employee on assignment’

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Do you want to work for a period of more than 3 months within the French subsidiary of your company based abroad?


You must apply for a residence permit if you are a national of a non-Member State of the European Union, the European Economic Area or Switzerland. British citizens must now also apply for a residence permit as provided below for any arrival after January 1, 2021. Specific requirements apply to Algerian citizens.


Intra-company transfer is a frequent choice within a group, and the “Talent Passport” and “ICT seconded employee” residence permits facilitate the procedures around it.

To wit, the Talent passport residence permit for “Employees on assignment” is available to foreigners hired under a French employment contract by the French company at which the assignment is to be carried out, belonging to the Group of the company that employed them abroad.


Helpfultip: When the contract with the original employer remains in effect, the employee is considered a seconded employee.





To be eligible for the “Talent Passport – Employee on assignment“, specifically designed for employees on intra-company transfer, employees of a company established outside France must have evidence of the following:

  • An employment contract with the subsidiary in France.
  • At least three months’ service in the group to which the employing companies belong.
  • Gross annual pay of at least 1.8 times the statutory national minimum wage (SMIC), i.e. €33,578.93 as of January 1, 2021.

The ‘Talent Passport – Employee on assignment’ residence permit, valid for the duration of the assignment (up to 4 years) and renewable, is equivalent to a work permit for the assignment in France requiring intra-company transfer.


 Authorised length of stay


The maximum duration is 4 years, on a renewable basis.

Helpful tip: If the planned length of stay is less than a year, foreign employees can apply for a long-stay visa equivalent to a residence permit (‘VLS-TS’) marked Passeport Talent (‘Talent Passport’).The VLS-TS is validated directly online upon arrival in France via the dedicated platform.

This is valid for up to 12 months. If foreign nationals wish to stay in France beyond this period, they may apply for a four-year Talent Passport residence permit.

VLS-TS online validation!




Where to apply



You live outside France

Applicants living outside France should apply to the French consular authorities in their usual place of residence.

The application for a “Talent Passport” long-stay visa authorising entry into French territory for the foreign company leader is initiated on the official France-visas website. Read on to find out all the details.

Upon arrival in France, you will be entitled to work immediately with this visa.



Once in France, the residence permit is issued to the employee by the Prefect of their département of residence upon presentation of the long-stay visa and other supporting documents, previously provided to the Consulate.

Upon arrival, the foreign national must contact the Prefecture (office of the Prefect, the local representative of national government) of their place of residence to apply for the Talent Passport residence permit.

Find the relevant Préfecture

You are already living in France

If applicants are already living in France under a different type of residence permit, they will need to apply to the Préfecture (office of the Prefect, the local representative of national government) in their place of residence for a change of status. They will be asked to prove eligibility for the desired residence permit.


When should I begin the procedure?


The procedure should be initiated no earlier than three months before the date of arrival in France.

If the applicant is already living in France, the procedure should be initiated two months before the previous residence permit expires.

Documents required


Applicants can obtain a list of exactly which documents are required for a residence permit application from the authority responsible for handling the application and on  France-visas.gouv.fr.

As an indication, you can download a list of documents that must be submitted with an application for a “Talent Passport –Employee on assignment

List of documents to provide

Cost of the residence permit


Applicants must pay a tax of €200 to the French Immigration and Citizenship Office (Office français de l’immigration et de l’intégration – OFII) when the permit is issued. In addition to this tax, stamp duty of €25 is also charged on residence permits.


In addition to this administrative cost of €225, the long-stay visa authorizing entry into France costs €99.

Extending your stay


Renewal applications must be submitted in the two months before the residence permit expires.

Applicants must produce documents showing that they continue to meet the conditions of issuance of their permit as well as a certificate of activity from their employer or a certificate of professional activity for the last 12 months uploaded by the employee to the website mesdroitssociaux.gouv.fr.

Find the relevant prefecture

Administrative cost: €225


Change of status

In the event of a change in the holder’s professional circumstances, a change of status may be considered at the Préfecture in the two months before the residence permit expires. They will be required to prove eligibility for the new residence permit requested.

Is your family coming with you?


The spouse and dependent minor children of the holder of a Talent Passport permit have accompanying family status.

The spouse should apply, and will be issued with a “Talent Passport – Family” residence permit. This permit authorizes the family to stay and undertake any paid employment in France as long as the foreign employee’s residence permit is valid.

Administrative cost: €225 for the spouse’s residence permit and €99 per visa issued to each member of the accompanying family.