France – New Temporary Residence Permit for Talent Passport Holders

What has changed

Effective March 1, 2019, talent passport (“passeport talent”) applicants who have been issued a three (3) month D visa will now be issued a six (6) month temporary residence permit (“Autorisation Provisoire de Séjour” or APS) on application for an initial residence permit, post-arrival in France.

Previously, only an initial application receipt was issued, which did not allow re-entry. A receipt issued on submission of a renewal residence permit application continues to allow travel, as previously.

Who is affected

Clients who have hired or intend to employ foreign nationals with or without family members in France.

What to expect

The APS will allow the applicant to exit and re-enter France without applying for a new visa and to travel within the Schengen area, if their three (3) month D visa has expired before issuance of their initial residence permit.

This change does not apply to talent passport applicants who will stay in France up to twelve (12) months, who are normally issued a VLS-TS D visa, which allows residence for up to a year without a separate residence permit application.

The amended article of the Code of Entry and Residence of Foreigners and of the Right to Asylum includes holders of talent passport visas for accompanying family members. However, in practice, prefectures in France are still issuing an initial application receipt, rather than an APS, to holders of talent passport visas for accompanying family members applying for residence permits.

What you need to do

Contact your Emigra Worldwide representative for assistance in developing the appropriate immigration strategy based on case background.

This alert was prepared with information provided by Newland Chase.