Long-stay visa, “Highly skilled worker residence permit”

Long-stay visa, “Highly skilled worker residence permit”

The “Highly skilled worker” residence permit (carte de séjour “compétences et talents” - CCT) is granted for a period of three years to an EU third country national or member who is authorised to come to France for a specific project. It entitles the holder the right to work in connection with this project. The holder’s family can accompany them from the very beginning and the spouse can be issued a “private and family life” permit which allows them to work. This permit is renewable. However, foreign nationals from a member country of the priority solidarity zone (please see further below) can only renew the permit once.

Whether you reside in India or France already (click here for further information), you may apply for the “Highly skilled worker” residence permit provided for under Article L. 315-1 of the “Entry Code for the Entry and Stay of Foreigners and Right to Asylum”, if your project falls under any one of the following categories:

-  “creation/production of intellectual works”
-  “humanitarian work”
-  “shows/performance”
-  “high-level sportspersons and trainers”
-  “academics, scientists, teachers and researchers”
-  “entrepreneurs, engineers, senior executives, industry, commerce, services”
-  “independent professions”
-  “media and communications”

Eligibility criteria:

The “Highly skilled worker” residence permit is issued with reference to:

• the content and the nature of your project; and
• the interest of this project for France and your country.

1. Economic fields
A / Exercise of a salaried, industrial, commercial activity, independent profession or handicrafts production.
- If this is a salaried worker’s activity, the applicant must furnish a work contract in keeping with their qualifications, experience, and, if applicable, their certificates and diplomas will be mandatory.

B/ Activities involving one of the following projects:
- project generating at least two jobs including that of the project conceiver or the protection of at least two jobs
- project involving investments in tangible or intangible fixed assets of at least 30000 euros;
- project spearheaded by a foreign company established at least two years before or already established in France.

2. Cultural, sports or humanitarian fields
In general, the fame of the applicant will be taken into consideration.
Persons falling under this category are not subject to conditions on their level of education. For sportsperson, for individual Olympic events, the applicant should have already been a national champion in their country of origin in the sports year preceding the application or have participated as a full-fledged member in continental or world sports events. For Olympic team sports, the applicant must be part of a permanent national team. For trainers and technicians, the applicant must be a permanent trainer of the national team or premier league.

Priority Solidarity Zone
If you are the national of a country falling under the priority solidarity zone given below, pealse contact us.

Countries under the priority solidarity zone:

Western Asia: Lebanon, Palestinian Autonomous Territories, Yemen

North Africa: Algeria, Morocco, Tunisia

Sub-Saharan Africa and the Indian Ocean: Angola, Benin, Burkina-Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Cap-Vert, Central African Republic, Chad, the Comoros, Côte d’Ivoire, Djibouti, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Kenya, Liberia, Madagascar, Mali, Mauritania, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Republic of the Congo, Rwanda, Säo-Tomé and Principe, Senegal, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Sudan, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda, Zimbabwe

Asia: Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam, (Afghanistan: on a provisional basis)

The Caribbean: Cuba, Haiti, Dominican Republic

Latin America: Suriname

Pacific: Vanuatu

Although it forms part of the countries under the priority solidarity zone, Algerian nationals, who are covered under the Franco-Algerian Agreement of 27 December 1968, may not avail of the “Highly skilled worker” residence permit.

Practical information

1. Application submission: consular jurisdictions.

2. Originals to be furnished along with two copies of each document. The Visa Section will retain the photocopies and return the originals to you.

3. All the documents should be accompanied by their translations in French or English.

4. It is mandatory to submit all the required documents. The Visa Section reserves the right to request for further documents should it be considered so necessary.

5. Fees: national long-stay visa.

6. Processing time: 1 month

7. Do not hesitate to contact Invest in France Agency in India for better preparing your project.

8. For further information on exercising a commercial activity in France, please check the French Commercial Code.

Last modified on 21/05/2015

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