Immigration can be a tricky slope to navigate. France is trying to make immigration for talented and skilled individuals more attractive with the help of the Blue Card. This guide will be all you need to know about it.
There are EU Blue Card conditions as well. We will take a deep dive into what it is, what are the conditions for applying, and also how long the validity will last. So, let’s get started.
What is Passport Talent in France?
The passport talent visa, also called the Blue Card was developed to make France more attractive. With the help of this card, you, along with your family can live and work in the country. There are a couple of things you need to know about this.
The first thing is you need to be a foreigner. However, if you are from the EU or an Algerian, then you cannot apply for it. Another condition for applying for the Talent passport is that you must intend to stay and work in France for at least 3 months.
Passport talent France conditions
These criteria for application are:
Working For an Innovative Company
If you are someone who has been working for an innovative company in their R&D department, you are eligible to apply. The employment contract needs to exceed 3 months. There are some requirements for the salary too.
The salary needs to be the same as two times the legal minimum wage. That means at least €36.506/year or more.
- Creating or Leading a Business in France
Those who have a serious business in France are also eligible. The company can be either industrial, artisanal, or commercial. You must have invested no less than €30,000 in the project.
You need to hold a master’s-level degree or have five years of professional experience.
- Highly Qualified Individuals
Highly qualified individuals who can present at least three years of higher education have five years of working experience and at least a one-year contract is eligible too. The gross salary, in this case, needs to be a minimum of €53.836/year.
Other categories include:
- Economic investor
- Performers and artists
- A renowned person (nationally or internationally) in their respective field
- Workers on an assignment that has a French work contract
Blue Card Validity and Costs?
There is a specific validity time frame for the EU Blue Card. It is valid for four years. However, you can also renew it. In some cases, the employment contract can be longer than a year but shorter than four years.
If this is the case, then the Blue Card will be issued for that specific time frame too. As with most passports, the France talent passport also has some costs associated with it. The initial fee is €269.
If you want to renew it, then the fee is €269. For replacement, the cost is the same as a renewal. After applying, you can expect to get the Blue Card within 90 days.
Documents Required for Blue Card
To make the process simpler for you, you need to know all the documents that you would need to apply for it.
There are a couple of key documents and paperwork that will help with the process. All the standard documents are a must:
- Application form (French long-stay visa)
- Photograph (2 copies)
- A valid passport
- Copies of older visas
- Financial means proof
- Medical insurance
- Criminal record certificate
- Proof of accommodation
- Proof of a paid visa fee
- Full itinerary
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By now you should know all the major details about applying for a Blue Card or France Talent Passport. If you are considering applying for it, a qualified relocation service like ERES can help.
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