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Do you want to work in France for more than three months? You must apply for a residence permit.
Various categories of employees holding an employment contract with an employer established in France may be eligible for a multi-year Talent Passport permit.
The following are eligible:
- Employees holding a highly skilled position.
- Certain employees transferred to France from another company in the same group and who have signed a local contract with the group’s French entity.
- Employees recruited by an innovative new company (jeune entreprise innovante – JEI) and skilled employees who have obtained a masters-level degree in France.
Foreign employees not eligible for a Talent Passport may still be granted access to the French labor market through the issuance of a temporary residence permit. However, their visa and residence permit applications may be rejected on the grounds of employment levels.
Employees posted to France by an employer located outside France are not eligible for a Talent Passport. They may be eligible, subject to certain conditions, for another specific multi-year residence permit: the ‘Intra-company transfer’ permit (Salarié détaché ICT or Salarié mobile ICT) – or the ‘temporary worker’ card for employees posted to France within the scope of international service provision.
Helpful tip: Most of the residence permits detailed in this document are also equivalent to work permits. Their holders can therefore work in France as soon as they arrive.
For situations where the employer must apply for a specific work permit, please see the ‘Work permits’ section.
Foreign employees can obtain a multi-year Talent Passport residence permit if they meet the eligibility criteria specific to the reason for their stay in France.
Residence permit issued
Highly skilled employees
Foreign employees must have evidence of the following:
Holders of a European Union Blue Card granted by another EU Member State, provided they lived there for at least 18 months, may be issued with this type of residence permit if they apply within one month of entering France.
|‘Talent Passport – European Union Blue Card’ multi-year residence permit|
Employees transferred within a group
Employees of a company established outside France must have evidence of the following:
|‘Talent Passport – Employee on assignment’ multi-year residence permit|
|Qualified employees or employees working in innovative new companies||
Qualified employees must have evidence of the following:
Employees of an innovative new company (Jeune Entreprise Innovante - JEI) must have evidence of the following:
|‘Talent Passport – Qualified employee or Employee of an innovative new company’ multi-year residence permit|
The multi-year Talent Passport residence permit is equivalent to a work permit.
During the first and second years for which their residence permit is valid, the holder must perform the professional role for which their residence permit was issued. At the end of the second year, this residence permit allows them to enter into any employment of their choice. The ‘Employee on assignment’ Talent Passport is equivalent to a work permit for any assignment performed in France that justifies an intra-company transfer.
|Helpful tip: To prove that they hold innovative new company (JEI) status prior to recruiting a foreign employee, companies can request an advance tax ruling from the tax authorities stating that they fulfill the legal criteria entitling them to this status. The request must be sent by post to the Directorate of Public Finances (or the Large Business Directorate) 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.
An advance 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’.
How long will I be allowed to stay?
The maximum duration is four 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’).
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.
Obtaining a residence permit
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 residence permit should be applied for at the same time as the long-stay visa marked Passeport Talent (‘Talent Passport’) authorizing the foreign employee to enter France.
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.
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.
For further details, please see the ‘Your circumstances are changing’ section.
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.
Applicants can obtain a list of exactly which documents are required for a residence permit application from the authority responsible for handling the application, either in person or via its website.
As an indication, you can download a list of documents that must be submitted with an application for a ‘Talent Passport’ residence permit for an employee.
Cost of the residence permit
Applicants must pay a tax of €250 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 €19 is also charged on residence permits.
In addition to this administrative cost of €269, 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.
Applications should be made to the Préfecture in the applicant’s place of residence in France.
Administrative cost: €269
Change of status
In the event of a change in the holder’s professional circumstances, a change of status may be considered upon expiry of the first residence permit.
After five years’ regular and uninterrupted residence in France, an application may be made for a residence card authorizing the holder to stay and undertake any paid employment in France (subject to having the required qualifications for regulated professions).
Residence cards are issued for 10 years on a renewable basis.
For further details, please see the ‘Your circumstances are changing’ section.
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: €269 for the spouse’s residence permit and €99 per visa issued to each member of the accompanying family.
For further information, please see the ‘Is your family coming with you?’ section.
What if I do not fall into any of the previous categories?
Foreign employees not eligible under any of the previous categories may be eligible to stay and work in France by applying for one of the following:
- Employees with a permanent employment contract: A VLS-TS marked ‘Employee’ followed by a temporary residence permit marked ‘Employee’ or a multi-year residence permit valid for four years on a renewable basis.
- For employees with a fixed-term employment contract or posted to France (excluding intra-company transfers): A VLS-TS marked ‘Temporary worker’ followed by a temporary residence permit (multi-year residence permits not available).
Duration of first stay: The same as the employment contract, up to 12 months.
OFII medical examination: Foreign employees must attend a medical examination within three months of arriving in France. The medical certificate issued by the OFII is requested upon issuance of the residence permit.
Republican citizenship contract: Foreign employees with a permanent employment contract must sign a citizenship contract (Contrat d’intégration républicaine – CIR).
- Permits marked ‘Employee’: A general multi-year residence permit valid for four years on a renewable basis may be applied for, followed by a residence card.
- Permits marked ‘Temporary worker’: A ‘Temporary worker’ residence permit may be applied for to cover a duration equal to that of the employee’s fixed-term employment contract, the remainder of the employee’s posting, or any extension to the employee’s posting.
Access to employment: An application for a specific work permit must be submitted to the DIRECCTE regional office in the place where the employee works.
Refusal on the grounds of employment levels: When deciding whether to issue a work permit, DIRECCTE takes into account employment levels in the profession and region in question.
Obtaining a permit: At the embassy or consulate if the employee lives outside France; at the Préfecture if the employee is resident in France.
Documents required: Please contact the relevant authority.
As an indication, you can download a list of documents that must be submitted with an application for a temporary residence permit.
- Permit marked ‘Employee’: VLS-TS (€241 OFII tax + €99 visa fee), temporary or multi-year residence permit (€269 OFII tax)
- Permit marked ‘Temporary worker’: VLS-TS (€99), temporary residence permit (€269 OFII tax)
Family: Separate residence permit or family reunification procedure.
For further details, please see service-public.fr.