What is the change?  The French government will publish a decree that implements new rules for intracorporate transfers on March 1, 2019.

What does the change mean? Applicants for seconded employee ICT cards will be required to have a minimum tenure of six months with the employer before coming to France. Previously, three months of experience was required. Additionally, the decree will establish a new cooling-off period, requiring ICTs to exit France upon expiration of their ICT card and wait at least six months before they are eligible to reapply for a new card.

  • Implementation time frame: March 1, 2019.
  • Visas/permits affected: ICT cards.
  • Who is affected: Companies assigning intracorporate transferees to France.
  • Next steps: Employers are encouraged to review their procedures to make sure that their future assignees comply with the new rules for intracorporate transfers.

Background: France’s new immigration law was ratified and published in September 2018. The bulk of the law addresses asylum seekers and illegal immigration, but it also contains some provisions related to high-skilled immigration, including these stricter rules for ICTs.

Analysis & Comments: The new law introduces stricter criteria for seconded employees. The full impact on high-skilled immigration will be clearer once the implementing decree is issued and authorities begin enforcing the law.

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