What is the change? The implementation of a law overhauling the French immigration system is likely to be postponed.

What does the change mean? Once implemented, the law will introduce a Talent Passport residence permit category and waive work permit requirements for highly skilled workers. It will also revamp a number of intracompany transfer (ICT) routes for greater mobility within the EU. Work permits will be waived for employment of up to three months in designated industries. The law was initially scheduled to take effect Nov. 1; however, no implementation guidance has yet been issued.

  • Implementation time frame: The implementation time frame is unclear at this point. BAL will continue to follow developments in France and will alert clients when information about when the law will be implemented becomes available.
  • Visas/permits affected: Talent Passport, ICT visas, EU Blue Cards, work and residence permits.
  • Who is affected: Employers, highly skilled employees, intracompany transferees and trainees and dependents.
  • Business impact: Once implemented, the changes should benefit companies employing non-EEA highly skilled workers or seconding ICT assignees and trainees.

Background: The law was published in the Official Gazette in March and, once implemented, will have significant consequences on the French immigration system, particularly for highly skilled immigrants. The law will likely simplify procedures by eliminating work permits for highly skilled workers in the Talent Passport category and for foreign workers on short-term assignments in designated industries. The full impact of the changes will be clearer when implementing guidance is released. 

BAL Analysis: BAL continues to follow progress of the law and will update clients as information becomes available.

This alert has been provided by the BAL Global Practice group and our network provider located in France. For additional information, please contact your BAL attorney.

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