Graduates – “Talent Passport – Qualified employee”

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Do you want to work for more than three months for a French company?

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.

 

Various categories of employees holding an employment contract with an employer established in France may be eligible for a multi-year Talent Passport permit.

 

Skilled employees who hold a diploma earned at an institute of higher learning accredited at the national level at least equivalent to the grade of master or comparable may be granted a ‘Talent Passport – Qualified employee’.

The diplomas, delivered from a French higher education establishment, recognised in this respect are:

  • the professional licence (“licence professionnellle”);
  • The Specialised Master’s or Master of Science (ccredited by the French Conference des Grandes Ecoles);
  • at least equivalent to the master.

 

 

Eligibility

 

Qualified employees must have evidence of the following:

 

The multi-year Talent Passport residence permit is equivalent to a work permit.

Authorised length of stay

 

The maximum duration is four years on a renewable basis.

Source : Administration

 

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.

Validate online your VLS-TS!

Procedure

 

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.

More information on France-visas.gouv.fr

 

Once in France, the foreign talent must apply upon arrival for the relevant Talent passport on the dedicated platform in order to finalize the application for the residence permit. 

 

Once the application is validated by the Prefecture via the platform, the foreign talent will receive certificate of approval which will be equivalent to a residence permit until the talent goes to the appointment at the Prefecture to get the definitive residence permit. 

 

Between the application and the delivery of the residence permit, the foreign talent can check the status of his or her application on his or her online accountanswer to any request to complete his or her file, and check the decisions made. 

 

You are already living in France

If applicants are already living in France under a different type of residence permit, they will have to apply for a change of status on the dedicated websiteThey will be asked to prove their eligibility for the desired residence permit. 

Between the application and the delivery of the residence permit, the foreign talent can check the status of his or her application on his or her online accountanswer to any request to complete his or her file, and check the decisions made. 

When should I begin the procedure?

If the applicant is living abroad, 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 three 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.

As an indication, you can download a list of documents that must be submitted with an application for a ‘Talent Passport –Qualified employee’

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

Renewal applications must be submitted in the three months before the residence permit expires on the dedicated website.

Applicants must produce documents showing that they continue to meet the conditions of issuance of their permit ainsi qu’une attestation d’activité émanant de son employeur ou une attestation d’activité professionnelle des 12 derniers mois téléchargée par le salarié sur le site mesdroitssociaux.gouv.fr.

 

Administrative cost: €225

 

Change of status

 

In the event of a change in the professional situation of the talent, a change of status may be considered 3 months before the expiration of the residence permit in the case of an application for a Talent Passport on the dedicated platform or two months for any other type of residence permits at the Prefecture of his or her place of residence. It will be necessary to meet the eligibility requirements of the new residence permit requested.

 

Residence card

At the end of 5 years of legal and uninterrupted residence in France, workers in this category may apply for the resident card entitling the bearer to reside on French soil and engage in any professional activity (provide they hold the necessary diplomas, if working in a regulated professions).

Residence cards are issued for 10 years we have a renewable basis.

Is your family coming with you?

 

The spouse and dependent 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.