FRANCE - Government Proposes New Immigration Bill
The French Government has introduced a new bill which proposes significant changes to France's immigration rules.
What is proposed?
Below are the key changes which may be of interest to employers:
Pre-approval for employers
A proposed new pre-approval process for sponsoring companies would unlock streamlined work authorization process, with faster processing times and fewer required documents. Further details are not yet available.
- Cooling-off period. EU ICT permit holders would be required to leave France when their status expires, for a period of at least six months.
- Work experience. To qualify for the EU ICT Permit, the employee would require a minimum of six months employment with their home country employer, rather than the three months experience required at present.
- Dependents. The children of a primary applicant's spouse would qualify for dependent status, rather than only the applicant's own children, as at present.
Upgraded permit for non-EU graduates
The current temporary residence authorisation (APS) issued to non-EU nationals who have graduated from a French university or school would be upgraded to a full residence permit with the right to travel in the Schengen area, thus allowing graduates increased intra-EU mobility. This would implement the EU Directive on research, studies and training.
- The four-year Talent Passport would be expanded to allow companies to qualify as "innovative" sponsors even if they have not obtained the tax status of "young, innovative company" (JEU).
- Business projects that support the economic development of a French company would also qualify for the Talent Passport.
Under the proposed new law, the two current travel permits for non-EU minors (the DCEM, for those born outside of France, and the TIR, for those born in France) would be unified.