Talent Passport France

If you are a US citizen seeking long-term employment opportunities in France, the Talent Passport residence permit could be your ideal pathway.

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    What Is The France Talent Passport?

    The France Talent Passport, also known as “Passeport Talent,” is a residence permit aimed at attracting and retaining skilled foreign workers and entrepreneurs to enhance France’s economy. It provides long-term residency, allowing you to stay in the country for up to four years with the correct work contract or role.

    With different categories of the France Talent Passport, you must meet specific criteria to be eligible. This may involve demonstrating a high level of expertise in their field, providing proof of a job offer or collaboration with a French entity, or presenting a viable business plan for entrepreneurs.

    Your spouse and children can also enjoy the benefits of the Talent Passport Permit, including the right to work. Within three months of your arrival in France, both you and your family members must start the application process at the designated local police station.

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      France Talent Passport Categories and Requirements

      Each category of the Talent Passport has its requirements. You need to know the different requirements to know which category to apply for. The different Talent Passport categories available for US citizens include:

      Skilled Recent Graduates

      To be eligible for this category, you must hold a master’s degree or equivalent qualification and at least have one year of relevant work experience. You must have a permanent or fixed-term employment contract for at least three months with an employer established in France.

      The France Talent Passport for skilled recent graduates has two subcategories:

      • Employed as a qualified worker for recent master’s degree with a professional licence
      • Employed by an innovative company for recent graduates who are hired by an innovative company that is ready to pay them at least €35,526.40 annually

      The required documents for the skilled recent graduates categories are:

      • Copy of diploma (obtained within the past year)
      • Valid work contract for at least three months with a French company, with an annual salary more than twice the minimum French wage
      • Proof of French language proficiency at level B1 or higher according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR).

      Highly Skilled Employees

      This category targets highly skilled workers with a diploma granted after 3 years of higher education or five years of comparable professional experience. To qualify, you must have an employment contract with a minimum of one year of validity and a gross annual income of at least €53,836.50.

      Employees Transferred Within a Group

      This category is for employees who are being transferred to a French subsidiary of an international company. You must have at least three months of service in the group and a permanent or fixed-term employment contract for at least one year with the French subsidiary. Applicants in this category are required to present the following documents:

      • Work contract with a company based in France
      • Annual income certificate showing a salary exceeding 1.8 times the minimum French wage
      • Employment certificate from a company based outside France, valid for at least three months
      • Proof of registration with the French social security system.

      Researchers

      Researchers who are engaged in scientific or academic research in France fall under this category. You must have a master’s degree or equivalent and at least three years of relevant research experience.

      Business Founders

      This category is intended for individuals who are planning a business creation project in France. To be eligible, you must have 5 years’ experience, a business plan, a €30,000 investment, and sufficient financial means. The required documents for this category are:

      • Copy of diploma (master’s degree or equivalent) or proof of at least five years of relevant professional experience
      • Demonstrate sufficient income to finance a start-up
      • Proof of an investment of at least EUR 30,000
      • Proof of compliance with regulations in the relevant field of activity.

      Business Founders

      This category is intended for individuals who are planning a business creation project in France. To be eligible, you must have 5 years’ experience, a business plan, a €30,000 investment, and sufficient financial means. The required documents for this category are:

      • Copy of diploma (master’s degree or equivalent) or proof of at least five years of relevant professional experience
      • Demonstrate sufficient income to finance a start-up
      • Proof of an investment of at least EUR 30,000
      • Proof of compliance with regulations in the relevant field of activity

      Innovative Economic Project

      This option is for individuals who are involved in innovative economic projects that contribute to the development of France’s economy. You must have a master’s degree or equivalent qualification and a clear plan for your innovative project. The required documents include:

      • Cerfa form
      • Project description highlighting its innovative aspects
      • Proof of project endorsement by a public organization
      • Evidence of sufficient financial resources

      Economic Investors

      This category targets individuals who are investing significant financial resources in France to create jobs and contribute to the country’s economic growth. You must invest at least € 300,000 in a French company or project. To apply, you need to have the following documents:

      • Proof of an investment of at least 10% in a company, or evidence that the legal entity already acquired 30% of the capital
      • Sworn statement confirming intent to create or maintain employment within four years of the investment

      Legal Company Representatives

      This category is designed for individuals who are representing foreign companies in France. You must have a master’s degree or equivalent qualification and a permanent or fixed-term employment contract with a French company.

      Artists and Performers

      Artists and performers who are invited to participate in cultural events or projects in France fit into this category. You must have a contract or invitation from a French organization or individual to qualify. Required documents include:

      • Work contract showing an income of at least three times the French minimum wage
      • If self-employed: evidence of status, description of the project in France, and evidence of sufficient financial means

      Internationally or Nationally Renowned Person in Their Field

      Individuals who have achieved national or international reputation in their field of expertise are eligible for this category. You must provide evidence of your accomplishments and contributions to your field.

      This category covers a wide range of fields, including athletes, coaches, researchers, scientists, artists, musicians, journalists, broadcasters, software engineers and other professionals with national and international recognition.

      To apply for this category, you need the following documents:

      • Portfolio showing full details of the project, as well as proving its relevance and interest to France and the US
      • Evidence of your fame or recognition by your peers
      • Evidence of sufficient financial means
      • If employed: Cerfa form, up-to-date K-Bis certificate, and URSSAF certificate

      France Talent Passport Required Documents For US Citizens

      Once you have determined which Passport Talent category applies to you and are ready to apply for a Passport Talent Card to reside in France, gather the following required documents:

      • Completed application form
      • Two recent passport photos
      • Valid Passport
      • Copies of older visas (if applicable)
      • Travel medical insurance with a minimum of €30,000
      • Travel itinerary
      • Proof of financial means
      • Proof of accommodation
      • Certificate of criminal record
      • Proof of paid visa fee

      Obtaining a France Talent Passport requires meticulous preparation and submission of all necessary documents. At Total Law, our experienced team will guide you through the process, ensuring that your application is complete and well-organized, increasing your chances of approval. For immediate assistance, call us at +1 844 290 6312.

      France Talent Passport Application Fees

      All applicants, regardless of their category, must pay a €200 application fee to the French Office for Immigration and Integration (OFII) when the permit is issued. Additionally, a €25 stamp duty is charged on residence permits.

      In addition to these costs, you must also pay for €99 a long-stay visa authorizing entry into France.

      If your spouse and dependent children are accompanying you, they will also need to apply for residence permits. The cost for the spouse’s permit is €225 and €99 per visa issued to each family member.

      In some cases, employers may be responsible for covering the costs associated with their employee’s France Talent Passport application.

      Application Process for The France Talent Passport

      Your employer will need to initiate the application process by creating an account on the France-Visas website and completing the online application form.

      The next step is to submit your application online and pay the associated application fees. You will be invited to attend a scheduled interview. Upon successful completion of the application, the French consular authorities will issue a long-stay visa to you, allowing you to enter France and apply for a Talent Passport residence permit.

      Upon arrival in France, you must apply for a Talent Passport residence permit at the local Préfecture. The application process is similar to the application for the visa, and the employee will need to provide additional documents, such as proof of accommodation in France.

      After these steps are completed, you will be granted the Talent Passport Residence Permit. It takes around 10 to 12 weeks for the process to be completed.

      At Total Law, we can assist you through the application process. You don’t need to worry about an application rejection because we will guide you every step of the way. Call +1 844 290 6312 to book a consultation.

      Bringing Family on a France Talent Passport

      As a US citizen with a Talent Passport, you can benefit from a simplified family reunification procedure called “famille accompagnante.” This streamlined process allows eligible family members to join you in France without going through the standard family reunification process.

      You can bring your legal spouse, who must be at least 18 years old, to France under the “famille accompagnante” procedure. The spouse will receive a family residence permit valid for the same duration as the Talent Passport.

      Children under 18 years old do not need a separate residence permit. Alternatively, they can apply for a travel document for minor children (DCEM) allowing them to travel within the Schengen area. When your children reach the age of 18, they may be eligible to apply for a separate family residence permit, provided that you still hold a Talent Passport.

      Family members obtaining the residence permit through the simple family process also have the right to live, work, and study in France along with access to various high-quality social benefits offered by the country.

      Navigating the complex French immigration system can be stressful but with Total Law’s expertise, you can bring dependents to France with ease. Our experienced immigration lawyers will guide you through every step of the process, ensuring a smooth and successful transition for your family. Call +1 844 290 6312 to get started.

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        France Talent Passport Validity and Renewal Options

        The France Talent Passport is valid for up to four years. However, the initial permit may be issued for a shorter period of time, depending on the specific category of the permit. For example, the Talent Passport for skilled recent graduates is initially valid for two years.

        It can be renewed for an additional four years. However, you must apply for renewal before the permit expires. The application for renewal is submitted to the local Préfecture.

        There are two main options for renewing the France Talent Passport. If the employee is still eligible for the same category of Talent Passport, they can apply for renewal based on that category.

        If you are no longer eligible for the same category of Talent Passport, you may be able to apply for renewal based on a different category. For instance, if you were initially granted a Talent Passport as a skilled recent graduate you may be able to renew as a highly skilled worker.

        The requirements for renewing the France Talent Passport are similar to the requirements for obtaining the permit initially. You will need to provide documentation showing that you are still eligible for the permit and that you are meeting the conditions of the permit.

        How Can Total Law Help?

        Understanding French immigration laws can be challenging, especially when it comes to securing a residence permit under the France Talent Passport program. At Total Law, we understand the challenges you may face and are committed to providing legal support to help US citizens achieve their immigration goals.

        Our team of experienced immigration lawyers is well-versed in the Talent Passport program and can guide you through the application process with ease. We will thoroughly assess your eligibility, gather the required documentation, and ensure that your application is filed accurately and in a timely manner.

        Throughout the process, we will keep you informed of any developments and provide personalized guidance to address any questions or concerns you may have. We are committed to advocating for your best interests and ensuring that your application receives the utmost attention and consideration.

        With Total Law as your trusted partner, you can rest assured that your path to obtaining a France Talent Passport residence permit is in expert hands. Call us at +1 844 290 6312 or contact us online to get started.

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                  Frequently Asked Questions

                  If your application has been rejected, you will receive further information about the reasons for the refusal. Within two months of the decision, you may have the right to appeal the rejection. To avoid this, please contact our experienced immigration lawyers.

                  Yes, you can change jobs with a Talent Passport in France, but certain procedures need to be followed. If changing jobs within the same Talent Passport category, notify the local Préfecture with your new work contract and Talent Passport copy.

                  Overstaying on France’s visa can result in penalties such as fines, deportation, and a ban from re-entering the country. The severity of the penalty depends on the duration of the overstay and the reason behind it.