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France launches talent visa to attract skilled foreign workers

Spouses, children allowed to apply for multi-year residence permits
A worker is seen at the Rafaut factory, an equipment supplier to French Ministry of Defense and to civilian aeronautics major primes, at Villeneuve-la-Garenne near Paris, France, June 17, 2020. REUTERS
A worker is seen at the Rafaut factory, an equipment supplier to French Ministry of Defense and to civilian aeronautics major primes, at Villeneuve-la-Garenne near Paris, France, June 17, 2020. REUTERS

France has introduced a four-year talent visa to attract skilled foreign workers to live and work in the country, Y-Axis reported.

The visa is designed for highly qualified and skilled non-EU workers who can play their part in the development of France’s economy.

The salary requirement will range from the legal minimum wage to 1.8 times the amount for workers in innovative projects and those with national or international reputations.

The programme, known as Talent Passport, will allow spouses and children of visa holders to apply for multi-year residence permits.

Those considered eligible for the programme include skilled researchers and artists in academia, science, literature, the arts, sports, and education.

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Additionally, entrepreneurs who invest a minimum of €30,000 in the country are also eligible, provided they meet specific qualifications, such as holding a Master’s degree or five years of relevant experience.

While French authorities had tightened the language proficiency standards for a few residency cards, holders of the talent passport remain unaffected and are exempt from these constraints.

Meanwhile, spouses and children over-18s will be allowed to work in the nation. The passport holder can obtain these permits from local police stations.

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