Attracting talents, one France’s key priorities

Welcoming international talent is a key priority of French immigration policy. Unprecedented facilities have been introduced since 2007 to support those who wish to carry out a professional activity in the country. Fresh, innovative measures have been adopted to improve the welcome afforded to foreign talent and to ensure that they enjoy the best possible living and working conditions ; as such, foreign nationals working in France benefit from a very attractive regime.

1. What is the “Compétences et Talents” card?

If you have a project, the three-year, renewable “Compétences et Talents” card allows you to exercise the professional activity of your choice in France in connection with your project.

You may be granted this card if you are likely to make a significant or lasting contribution, through your skills or talents, to France’s economic development or to its intellectual, scientific, cultural, humanitarian or athletic prestige, and directly or indirectly, to that of your own country.

If you reside abroad, you may apply at the Embassy of France or at your nearest French Consulate. The decision to issue this card is up to the diplomatic or consular authorities.

Your family members (spouse and underage children) will be issued a “Vie Privée et Familiale” card. This card allows your spouse to legally work in France.

2. What are the criteria?

The criteria are defined by the Commission Nationale des Compétences et Talents, which meets in France at least twice a year.
The applicant must submit a credible professional project meeting the criteria set forth by the National Commission.

The applicant must supply proof that he/she is in every way capable of carrying out this project.

The application will be accepted/rejected based on :
- the project’s interest/quality;
- the applicant’s motivation/commitment;
- the applicant’s skills and qualifications;
- the means to carry out the project.

3. Who might be eligible?

- University graduates;
- Qualified professionals, regardless of their level of education;
- Investors in an economic project;
- Independent professionals such as artists, authors, athletes, etc.;
- Senior manager and high level executives employed by a French company that is part of an international group.

4. Requirement

- 2 application forms filled out completely and signed by the applicant (please read carefully the explanations).

- 5 passport pictures: 1 glued/stapled onto each application form and 3 additional ones.

- Original passport or travel document (+ two copies of the identity pages) valid for at least six months.

- Recent police record from the country where the applicant has resided for the last three years (+ one copy). For the US, the police record has to be obtained from the F.B.I. (FBI Identification Record).

- Detailed resume (+ one copy);

-Processing fee

- Detailed letter describing the professional project and specifying its interest for France and for the applicant’s country of origin + translation in French (+ one copy)

- Any document confirming the applicant’s likelihood of completing the project (+ one copy)

Depending on the type of project, other documents are necessary (+ ONE COPY of each) :

- To hold a salaried position: copy of highest-level diploma and job title, local tax return, letter from employer explaining the recruitment of the employee and specifying his/her duties, copy of employment contract, unless exception is granted, foreign employee authorization request – simplified contract.

- To exercise a commercial, industrial or artisanal profession: the documents enumerated in points A-1 and B of article I of the attachment to the degree of September 12, 2007, concerning the documents to be produced for the issuance of a temporary residence card authorizing the exercise of a commercial, industrial or artisanal activity.

To exercise an independent profession (liberal professions, artists, writers, athletes, etc.): copy of highest-level diplomas and job titles, local tax return, if necessary, documents establishing the applicant’s reputation.

5. Accompanying family (spouse and minor children)

- 2 application forms filled out completely and signed by the applicant (please read carefully the explanations).

- 5 passport pictures: 1 glued/stapled onto each application form + 3 additonal ones.

- Original passport or travel document (+ one copy of the identity pages) valid for at least six months.

- Family registry documents establishing family connection with the “competences et talents” applicant.

Dernière modification : 21/09/2016

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