The Law on Foreigners in France was recently published on March
15, 2016 and is scheduled to come into effect from November 1,
2016. The law has introduced a number of changes in the French
To summarize, the law has introduced a Talent Passport residence
permit category for highly skilled workers and also will waive work
permit requirements for these individuals. The law has also
overhauled several intra-company transfer (ICT) routes for greater
mobility within the EU. Additionally, employment of up to three
months in designated industries will not require work permits. More
details about these changes will be announced by way of a decree at
a later date.
The changes in the law were proposed in early February and is
likely to impact most foreign nationals such as highly-skilled
employees, intra-company transferees and their
'Talent Passport' is a residence permit valid for four
years and incorporates several categories including EU Blue Cards,
ICTs (on local contract), investors, scientists, artists, young
graduate students and others. Those individuals who are eligible to
apply for a Talent Passport visa will not be required to apply for
work permits. Further, their dependents will be authorized to
Residence permits for ICT transferees on the foreign payroll
will be classified into three categories: (i) Seconded ICT Employee
(maximum three years); (ii) for managers, ICT Trainee (maximum one
year); and (iii) for intra-company interns, and ICT Mobile Employee
or Trainee for non-EEA nationals coming to France as ICTs from
another EU state. Family members of these residence permit holders
will also qualify for residence permits.
Other residence permits will fall into three categories: (i)
Salaried Employees on unlimited contracts (one year, renewable),
(ii) Temporary Workers on fixed duration contracts (up to one
year), and (iii) Entrepreneur for self-employed individuals.
The new law appears to exclude work permit requirements thereby
simplifying procedures for highly skilled workers under the Talent
Passport visa category as well as for foreign nationals who will be
assigned for short-term work in designated industries in France.
These changes when implemented will also benefit corporates
employing foreign national highly skilled staff or seconding ICT
More Information on the above will be made available once the implementing decree is released.
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