FRANCE

All about the French “Passeport Talent”

Immigration has been a sensitive subject for decades now. When chosen, it’s either made out of compassion for those struggling to survive or out of genuine opportunism for those with skills that might be an added –value for the country willing to welcome them.
France is trying to navigate in both directions but French government has decided to focus on waving positive signs in direction of talented people from all over the world who would like to get a taste of the French “je ne sais quoi” and has created then a facilitated and attractive specific residency permit called “passeport talent”.
What is it? How does it work? Could you be a potential candidate?
What is a “passeport talent”?
The multi-year “passeport talent” (“talent passport” in English) residence permit was created to help foreign and self-employed persons develop France’s attractiveness. You can employ if you intend on working/staying in France more than 3 months.
A “passeport talent” is a long-term visa or residence permit, renewable up to 4 years. It allows you (and potentially your family) to live and work in France. To apply for this passeport talent, you must be a foreigner. But you cannot/don’t need to apply if you are from the European Union or Algerian.
If you are overseas you must apply at the French consulate and in France, at your nearest “prefecture”. You must provide the following basic documents:
Your original long-stay visa or residence permit
Your passport
Your birth certificate (translated in French by a licensed translator)
Your wedding certificate if you are married (translated)
Your kids’ birth certificate if you have any (translated)
Proof of address
Three photo IDs
Application (different according to your activity, see below)
Official documents related to your activity.
Procedure to get your family (spouse and kids up to 18 years old) along with you will be facilitated
You can go directly to the local police station in France to start the procedure. Your spouse will then be allowed to work as well.
Who can receive one?
The Passport Talent is granted “to persons that are likely to make a significant or lasting contribution through their skills and talents in the development of French economy, as well as its culture, science, sports, directly or indirectly.
So who precisely can apply?
You are working for a young innovative company
You may apply to a « passeport talent – entreprise innovante – exercice d’une activité salariée »
Your employment contract is for a period exceeding three months and your job must be directly linked to the company’s research and development project and your salary must be at least equal to two times the minimum legal wage in France for a full-time worker (i.e. gross salary of at least 36.506€ a year or more).
On top of the basic documents, you must provide different company documents, your work contract.
You are a highly-qualified employee
You may apply to a « passeport talent – carte bleue européenne – exercice d’une activité salariée »
You must hold a qualification demonstrating at least three years of higher education have at least five years of comparable professional experience, a one year work contract and a gross salary of 53.836€ minimum a year. On top of the basic documents, you must provide different documents from your employer, your work contract.
You are a qualified employee carrying on a mission:
You may apply to a « passeport talent – salarié en mission – exercice d’une activité salariée »
You have been employed for at least three months by your company, which belongs to an international group of companies. You have been asked to carry out a mission in a French company belonging to the same group. You will be employed by this company in the context of a French employment contract for more than three months and you make a gross salary of at least 32.900€ a year.
On top of the basic documents, you must provide
different documents from your employer, your work contract.
You are a qualified employee with a French higher education:
You may apply to a « passeport talent – salarié qualifié – exercice d’une activité salariée »
You have passed in France a professional bachelor degree or a specialized Master degree or a Master of Science or a recognized equivalent. You have a work contract of more than three months with a gross salary of 36.509€ or more a year.
You are employed by a public or private research organization or higher education
You are charged with a research or higher education teaching mission (university) within the framework of a hosting agreement whose duration cannot exceed four years; you must hold a degree at least equivalent to a master’s degree.
On top of the basic documents, you must provide copies of your diplomas and a signed agreement by the préfet (prefect or commissioner in English).