‘Talent Passport –Employee of a young innovative company’ (JEI)

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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 residence permit.

 

Employees recruited by an innovative new company (jeune entreprise innovante – JEI), to undertake a position in connection with the research and development project of this company, may also be granted a Talent Passport ‘Employee of a young innovative company’.

 

Innovative new company (JEI) status

 

To prove that they hold innovative new company (JEI) status in the taxation regulation sense, prior to recruiting a foreign employee, companies can apply to the Directorate of Public Finance for a rescript certifying that they fulfil the legal criteria entitling them to this status.

The request must be sent by post to the Directorate of Public Finances of the company’s département or region. The tax authorities will subsequently have three months to state their position via an advance tax ruling. Any failure to respond will mean that they implicitly accept and recognize the company’s status as a JEI.

A tax ruling recognizing the employer’s status as a JEI must be enclosed with all applications for a ‘Talent Passport – Employee of an innovative new company’.

In the absence of such a rescript, the application for JEI status sent to the tax authorities should be attached to long-stay visa and/or residence permit applications.

 

Download the form Application for an advance tax ruling regarding innovative new company (JEI) status

 

 

Eligibility

 

To be eligible, employees of an innovative new company (Jeune Entreprise Innovante – JEI) must have evidence of the following:

  • Gross annual pay of at least twice the statutory national minimum wage (SMIC), i.e. €37,309.92 as of January 1, 2021.
  • A permanent employment contract or a fixed-term employment contract for at least three months with an employer established in France.
  • An an active participation in the R&D project and development of the company.
  • Their employer’s status as an innovative new company (JEI) (i.e., the firm is less than eight years old, a consolidated workforce of fewer than 250 employees, turnover of less than €50 million).

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

 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.

Validate your VLS-TS online!

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.

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 a 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 account, answer 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 website They 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 account, answer 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.gouv.fr.

As an indication, you can download a list of documents that must be submitted with an application for a “Talent Passport – Employees of a young innovative company (JEI)

List of documents

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 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.

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 three 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 on a renewable basis.

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.