France EU Blue Card

Your prospective employees from the US can apply for the EU Blue Card France if they meet the eligibility criteria.

To know more about the EU Blue Card France, including details on documents required, eligibility criteria and application process, contact our expert immigration advisors at +1 844 290 6312 or send a message online.

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    An Overview of The France EU Blue Card

    The European Blue Card is a type of employment permit that can be issued by an EU member state. It enables you to bring high-achieving talents from the USA. Your US employee must apply for the Talent Passport with the “European Union Blue Card resident permit” inscription for France.

    If the employee already holds an EU Blue Card from another employer in another country, they can still move to France and work for you. However, they must have worked for their previous employer in another EU country for at least 18 months. They’ll need to apply for a residence permit within 30 days of entering France.

    French employers who want to hire US highly skilled professionals under the French EU Blue Card scheme must offer a work contract with at least 12 months of validity. They must also be willing to pay the employee a minimum of €53,836.50 yearly.

    Your employee can apply to move to France with their family. They can also apply for Blue Card France permanent residence after spending 5 years in France.

    Like many other French visas, your employee will need to apply for a long-stay visa in the US and then apply for a residence permit upon arriving in France.

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      France EU Blue Card Eligibility Criteria And Requirements

      Below are the documents needed to prove eligibility for a France EU Blue Card:

      Permanent Employment Contract

      You must issue your prospective employee a valid job offer for at least 12 months. You and your US employee must sign the employment contract. Note that the contract you offer the employee must be relevant to their experience or qualification.

      For the French Embassy or Consulate in the US to approve of your employee’s movement to France, they must meet the salary requirement for the EU Blue Card. The annual salary you are offering must be at least 1.5 times higher than the average yearly salary in France.

      This means you must be offering to pay at least €53,836.50 per annum. The exact salary you’ll pay must be stated in the employment contract.

      Qualification of the Employee

      The US employee looking to move to France via the EU Blue Card must be a professional or someone highly skilled. They must show they have the relevant qualifications needed for such a role. To be considered qualified, the employee must have completed at least a 3-year degree in a tertiary institution and have a diploma to show for it.

      Without qualifications, employees can show they have at least 5 years of relevant working experience.

      License in Regulated Professions

      If your employee is a professional in a regulated field, they must show that they have the proper license to practice in France. This license is crucial if you are employing someone to work in the medical, accounting, legal or health profession.

      Evidence of Business Registration

      You must prove that your business or company is duly registered in France and is complying with every business law in France. You’ll be required to supply your SIRET number to this effect.

      Social Security

      You’ll be required to show that you have contributed to social security and paid employees their benefits in France.


      The employee must present a US passport issued within the past 10 years. It must also be valid for 3 months after the visa expires.

      Criminal Record Certificate

      Your employee must submit a criminal record certificate from the FBI proving they have not been convicted of any criminal offense.

      Medical Insurance

      The US employee must show they have medical insurance or proof of having applied for one at the time of application.

      Birth and Marriage Certificates

      These certificates are vital if they intend to travel with their family.

      Step-By-Step Application Process of The EU Blue Card In France

      Here is how to get EU Blue Card in France:

      Prepare Documents

      You and your employee can use the documents required section as a checklist when gathering supporting documentation. These documents will be needed for a long-stay visa and a residence permit.

      Fill Out the Visa Form

      Your employee can obtain the long-stay visa application form at the Ministry of Interior’s website. The form must be completed and signed to be valid.

      Pay Long-stay Visa Fee

      The visa fee costs €99. This fee can be paid online. You must attach the proof of payment to your supporting documents.

      Schedule an Appointment with the French Embassy

      After paying the fees, the applicant must schedule a visit to the Embassy online. The Embassy does not accept walk-in submissions; the candidate must book beforehand.

      Submit Application

      The next step is to submit an application on the scheduled date. It is at the Embassy’s discretion to invite your employee for a face-to-face interview or collect their biometrics and documents.

      If your application is successful, you’ll be issued a long-stay visa, which you must validate into a multi year residence permit when you get to France.

      Get the Residence Permit

      When your employee arrives in France, they must apply for the Talent Passport with the “European Union Blue Card resident permit” inscription. The application must be done within 2 months of moving to France. Your employee can apply at the Ministry of Interior’s dedicated website.

      If the prefecture approves the application, your employee will need to pay €200 to the Office français de l’immigration et de l’intégration (OFII). This fee will also be accompanied by the payment of €25 tax stamp duty.

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        France EU Blue Card Validity Period & Extension Options

        The minimum time that can be approved for the France EU Blue Card is 1 year.

        The maximum validity is 4 years.

        The prefecture can approve residence permits for less than 4 years, depending on the duration of the work contract.

        It is also possible for the EU Blue Card to be extended. Your employee must apply for an extension 3 months before his permit expires.

        They also need to present the previous residence permit and other documents that show they still meet the eligibility requirements for an EU Blue Card permit. Finally, you must issue them a certificate of activity for the last 1 year. This certificate must be uploaded to this portal.

        Renewals will also cost €225.

        How Can Total Law Help?

        Are you an employee looking to hire talents from the US under the French EU Blue Card scheme? Then Total Law can help you. We have a team of experienced consultants who are well-versed in French immigration and business laws. They can help you assess if your prospective US employee meets the eligibility criteria for the EU Blue Card.

        Our advisors can also help you and your employee gather the documents needed for the application process. We can also help your employee apply for a visa and residence permit. It is advised that we handle your application because we are experienced in submitting an application package that has a high chance of approval. This saves you the time and money required to reapply or appeal in the case of a rejection.

        For general advice concerning the EU Blue Card, including information about other types of work permit your employee can apply for, call us at +1 844 290 6312 or message us online.

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                  Frequently Asked Questions

                  You can obtain France Blue Card citizenship if you have had a 5-year legal and uninterrupted residence in France on the EU Blue Card. You have to get the 10-year residence permit first and then apply for French nationality later.

                  EU Blue Card France holders can enjoy visa-free movement within the Schengen area. It is also one of the fastest ways to obtain a French permanent residence card or citizenship. You have access to quality healthcare and education if you are an EU Blue Card holder.

                  The French national law mandates the Embassy and the prefecture to give a verdict on French EU Blue Card applications within 90 days.

                  You can bring your family to France on the EU Blue Card. You have to prove that they are indeed related to you and that you can take care of their living expenses when they arrive in France.

                  You need a valid job offer to apply for the EU Blue Card in France. The offer must be valid for at least 1 year and pay a minimum of €53,836.50 yearly.