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Latest changes to French immigration law

November 7, 2016 | Immigration, Latest Thinking, News

As of 28 October 2016, changes to the French immigration law have been implemented in order to improve existing immigration categories and introduce a ‘Talent Passport’.

A work permit will no longer be required for short-term assessment (max. 3 months) for the following categories:

Employee on a local contract in France:

  • Sports, cultural, artistic and scientific events
  • Professional conferences, seminars and workshops
  • Film, audio-visual, entertainment and Phonographic publishing production and distribution, if the employee is an artist or technical personnel that is directly part of the production or project
  • Modelling
  • Personal services and domestic workers during the assignment in France of their private employers
  • Education given occasionally by visiting professors

Employee on detachment (as defined the French labor law article L. 1262-1)

Assignments for audits and experts in: IT, management, finance, insurance, architecture and engineering

“Talent Passport” permit (as of November 1st), a 4 years work permit, for the following categories:

  • Change of status for students holding a Master degree from France
  • European Blue card
  • ICT “salarié en mission” with a local employment contract in France
  •   Scientists/Researchers
  • Applicants holding a Master degree who wish to open a business in France
  • Foreign nationals who present a project in innovation that has been recognized by an official administration
  • Foreign nationals who invest directly in France
  • Artists

ICT Employees on Detachment status – there will be now 3 separate permit categories:

  • ICT Employee on detachment – issued for an employee who is on an assignment in a senior management position or to provide expertise, to a company in France that is part of the same group as the home country employer
  • ICT Trainee – issued when there is an approved training agreement within the framework of an internship with an institution or company of the same group as the home country employer
  • Mobile ICT Employee on detachment or Mobile ICT Trainee – issued if the foreign national already holds a residence permit issued by another EU country under the category ICT employee or ICT trainee

If you have any queries or require assistance, please get in touch with our experienced Immigration Solicitors on +44(0)20 3318 5794 or via email at

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