5 things to know before applying for a French Work Permit: Highly Skilled Migrant Requirements

5 things to know before applying for a French Work Permit: Highly Skilled Migrant Requirements

Are you a highly skilled migrant and looking forward to working in France? If so, there are some things that you should know before applying for your work permit. Wondering what they are? Read on and find out yourself.  

France has several types of residence permits depending on your specific situation. These include long-stay permits such as “Passeport Talents” and student visas, as well as short-stay permits for tourism or business visits. 

It is important to research the different types of permits and choose the one that best suits your needs. 

This article will introduce 5 important factors to consider when applying for a French work permit, especially the Passeport Talent. 

1. Passeport Talent - long-stay residence permit (for highly skilled migrants):

This permit is for highly skilled migrants who want to work and live in France. To be eligible, you must meet certain requirements such as having a job offer from a French company or being self-employed. The Passeport Talent also allows you to bring your family along to France.

Minimum salary requirement: If you are applying for the Passeport Talents, then there is a minimum gross monthly salary, i.e. EUR 36,946 per year, that must be earned. 

Employment contract which exceeds one year: The employment contract exceeds one year and it needs to state your working hours, position and pay.

Higher education: You must have a minimum of five years of state-recognized higher education in order to be eligible for the Passeport Talent.

2. Passeport talent: “Entreprise innovante – exercice d’une activité salariée” 

If you are working for a French startup that develops new technology, then the Passeport Talent - “Entreprise innovante – exercice d’une activité salariée” may be right for you.

Other parameters including duration of the contract, salary and education qualification applies as well.

3. Passeport talent “Carte Bleue Européenne” EU Blue Card

This is an EU-wide recognized and approved work permit. The requirements are similar to the Passeport Talent, but it also allows you to bring your family along to any other country in the European Union.

To be eligible for the EU Blue Card, you must meet the following criteria:

- You must have a job offer from a French company or an approved sponsorship.

- Your work contract must exceed one year. Your salary cannot be less than the minimum gross monthly salary set by France (guaranteed annual income of at least €54,163).

- You will need to have completed your higher education and it needs to be state-recognized.

- A comparable professional work experience of 5 years or above.

- The minimum gross annual salary for a Blue Card applicant/holder should be EUR 58,836.

The Blue Card will be issued for a maximum of 4 years and can be renewed.

4. Documents that you will need to submit when applying for a French work permit

- A valid passport or travel document.

- Copy of your employment contract.

- Proof of your social security coverage in France. This can be in the form of an extract from the French social security system.

- Documents related to your education.

- Proof of research done in the local job centers for unemployed employees & justification for hiring a Blue Card holder.

- Proof of your medical insurance coverage.

- If you have a family, then the following additional documents are required: A marriage or civil union registration certificate and birth certificates for children up to 21 years old living with you in France.

- A proof will be required if they do not live with you but study at a school in France.

All these documents will need to be submitted to & reviewed by the local division of the Ministry of Labour or the DIRECCTE. Upon approval, the same will be sent to the French Immigration Office called OFFI.

The approved applications are sent to the local embassy of the applicant. The applicant, that is, you will be requested to schedule an interview with the consulate to gain the necessary long-stay visas.The applicant must carry all the necessary/required documents.

5. How long does it take to get a work permit in France?

For short term work permits, the duration taken is less than a week. However, in the case of long term work permits, it could take up to 6 weeks.

You must also know that the duration could vary (depending on the nature of the work permit & the applicant's nationality).

ADT Solution is here to help me navigate this complicated process:

The whole process could be complicated and you might find it tiresome. We at ADT Solution, have local French consultants and experts who understand the nuances better & can help you expedite the process.

Get in touch with us to know more.



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