What are the Talent passport visas for employees?
The French Government’s Talent passport program has been designed to encourage highly qualified profiles such as the highly-educated or high earning employees to live and work in France.
There are four types of Talent passport visas for employees:
This is a long term visa that allows the holder to work for at least more than three months and up to four years for a French subsidiary of your company based abroad;
This visa is for highly-educated employees of an innovative company. Typically these employees undertake work that’s connected with the company’s research and development projects.
This visa is for employees PhD researchers, employees of public or private research or higher education organization;
This visa applies to employees in highly qualified positions who have a contract with a French company in France.
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What is the difference between a Talent passport visa for employees and regular "employee" visas?
Talent Passport visas are focused on jobs for highly-qualified employees that require a certain amount of work experience or higher education in the sector or for a company recognized as innovative by the French Economy Ministry. In addition, salaries must meet a minimum amount that’s in line with the required expertise.
Also, the procedure for a Talent passport is easier for the applicant. Conversely, regular employee visa applications have additional steps, like having a French employer seek work authorization from the French Ministry of Labor. In most cases, this authorization must be requested for the regular employment visa and is only granted if the employer manages to prove that there were no other viable candidates within the French market.
Moreover, Talent passport visas enable the holder’s family to accompany them through a simplified procedure at the moment of applying.
How can a lawyer help me?
We are here to assist you through the whole process. Our team of Immigration lawyers will start by determining if you are eligible for a talent passport visa and indicating the most suitable solutions for your case.
Our Immigration lawyers will then provide you with the complete list of the documents you need to gather to submit your application. You will only have to collect the documents that we request. We will review the documents for you and complete any forms, including those in French, on your behalf. Working with us saves you time and money.
We provide a quality service where you can quickly contact us throughout the application process. We are here to answer any questions and aim to do so within 24 hours. Our lawyers are dedicated to supporting you in every step of the process toward living and working in France.
Process of getting a Talent passport visa for France
Before submitting an application, the applicant would need to gather documentation, which can vary depending on theTalent passport visa type:
- Talent Passport – Employee on assignment or “salarié en mission”: This Visa is specifically designed for employees on an intra-company transfer. The applicant would have to bring evidence that they have an employment contract with the company’s subsidiary in France. The applicant must also have worked in the department or group that the subsidiary belongs to for at least three months and must earn at least 1.8 times the statutory national minimum wage. This was €34,627.32 as of January 1, 2022.
- Talent Passport – Employee of a young innovative company’ or “JEI”: For this visa, the employer must prove that they have an innovative new company (JEI) status from a tax perspective. Before recruiting a foreign employee, companies can apply to the Directorate of Public Finance to certify that they fulfil the legal criteria for this status. Furthermore, the employees must have evidence that they earn at least twice the statutory national minimum wage, which was €38,475 as of January 1, 2022, and a contract whereby they will work on an R&D project for at least three months with an employer established in France.
- Talent Passport “Researcher”, or “Researcher – Mobility”: The applicant must prove that they have a diploma that’s at least equivalent to a Master’s degree and they are coming to France to conduct research or to teach at the university level. They must have a hosting agreement with an approved public or private organization with an investigation or higher education mission. This agreement attests that they are a researcher and states the purpose and duration of their stay in France.
- Talent passport “Highly-Skilled employee – EU Blue Card”: For this visa, the applicant must have evidence that they possess an employment contract for at least 12 months with an employer that’s established in France. The qualification must be of at least three years’ higher education. Alternatively, the applicant can also provide documentation to show five years of relevant professional experience. Moreover, the applicant must prove that their gross annual pay is at least 1.5 times the average yearly gross salary, which was €53,836.50 as of January 1, 2022.
Once all the required documents are gathered, the application must be submitted in person at the Visa application centre in the applincant’s home country or where they legally reside. The applicant must attend either the French consulate or Embassy or apply with a certified service provider, depending on the country.
Once the application has been approved, the applicant will be granted a visa that will allow you to travel to France.
The final step requires the applicant to complete all the formalities necessary to transform the applicant’s visa into a residence permit to become a legal resident in France. The applicant will need to validate your visa through an online application for talent passport visas.
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Frequently Asked Questions
The processing time of each Talent passport Visa application may vary depending on the Visa Center where the application is submitted and on the applicant’s specific situation.
The application must be submitted between three months to two weeks before the planned date of entry into France.
Yes, the visa is renewable. If you are currently in France and you wish to renew or extend your visa, you would need to apply through the prefecture of your place of residence.
Your talent passport visa is allocated to the specific job for which it was granted. If you want to change your position or your type of visa, you will need to apply through a change of status procedure at your prefecture.
If you meet all the requirements, you can request a change of status for a talent passport residence card directly in France via an online application.