The "Passeport Talent" card

1. What is the Passeport talent?

2. How to apply

3. Eligible categories and documents required

4. Family Members of the Passeport Talent holder


1.What is the Passeport talent?

You may be granted this card if you are likely to make a significant or lasting contribution, through your skills or talents, to France’s economic development or to its intellectual, scientific, cultural, humanitarian or athletic prestige, and directly or indirectly, to that of your own country.

To get information on the renewable pluriannual card "Passeport talent", see the website of the Ministère de l’intérieur and service-public.fr / Étranger en France : carte de séjour pluriannuelle "passeport talent"

The decision to issue this card "passeport talent" is up to the prefectoral authorities in France.
The decision to issue the visa is up to the consular authorities.

The card can be granted to the different categories of applicants listed below.

2. How to apply

If you reside abroad, you’ll have to apply for a visa at the Embassy of France or at the French Consulate closest to your residence. If you live in Alberta, British Columbia, Northwest Territories, Saskatchewan or Yukon Territory, you must file your application in Vancouver.

You must schedule an appointment and file your application in Vancouver. The application process takes between 3 and 15 business days. If you wish for your passport to be mailed back to you after the visa has been issued, please provide a self-addressed Xpresspost envelope.

Documents required for all categories

1. One long stay visa application form, duly filled out and signed.

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Long stay visa application form
PDF - 47.8 kb
Formulaire demande visa de long séjour

2. 2 recent identical ID photos (see picture quality requirements below)

- Required Photo quality :

PDF - 220.6 kb
Photo requirements

3. Passport + photocopy of its identification page(s)

4. For non-Canadian Citizens: proof of legal residence in Canada - PR card, work/study permit+ photocopy

5. Proof of residence in the jurisdiction of the Vancouver consulate: driver’s licence, lease or utility bill

6. Processing fees - by debit card or cash (exact change and $CAD only) - see fee grid

7. If your project is for a maximum of a year, the OFII form duly filled out (upper part only).

8. If you do not wish to come back to the Consulate to pick up your passport, a prepaid, self-addressed envelope (Canda Post Xpresspost) with a tracking number. One per family is sufficient.

+ the additional documents listed below in the category that is relevant to your situation.


3. Eligible categories and documents required

1. Skilled recent graduates

a) Qualified employee
Additional documents to present if you are a qualified employee and wish to move to France
- Diploma or degree (master’s degree or higher) obtained no more than a year before the visa application
- Work contract with an employer in France, for at least 3 months
- The relevant CERFA form filled out by your employer, and mentioning the position and salary
- Up-to-date KBIS extract
- Certificate of payment of social security contributions to the relevant body

b) Employee of an innovative company
Additional documents to present if you are employed by an innovative company and wish to move to France
- Work contract in a Young Innovative Company, for at least 3 months
- Certificate of exemption of social security contributions on wages, granted by the Young Innovative Company status
- The relevant CERFA form filled out by your employer, and mentioning the position and salary
- Up-to-date KBIS extract
- Certificate of payment of social security contributions to the relevant body

2. Highly skilled workers (« Carte Bleue européenne »)
Additional documents to present if you are a highly skilled worker and wish to move to France
- Work contract with an employer in France, for at least 3 months
- Diploma or Degree (bachelor’s degree or higher) or any proof of having 5 years of similar work experience
- The relevant CERFA form filled out by your employer, and mentioning the position and salary
- Up-to-date KBIS extract or “carte d’artisan”
- Certificate of payment of social security contributions to the relevant body
- Copy of degrees and qualifications obtained by the worker, resume, work certificates showing relevant professional experience

3. Employee on temporary secondment, with a French work contract (salarié en mission

Additional documents to present if you are an employee on a mission in a French branch of your company or group of companies
- The relevant CERFA form filled out by your employer, and mentioning the position and salary
- Work contract with an employer in France
- Proof that you have been working for the company based in the USA for at least 3 months
- Up-to-date KBIS extract
- Certificate of detachment from the French Social Security or signed statement that you will register with the French Social Security
- Letter explaining in detail the position that will be occupied, and the aim of the mission
- Certificate of payment of social security contributions to the relevant body

4. Scientists/Researchers
Additional documents to present if you are a researcher and wish to move to France
- Diploma or degree (master’s degree or higher)
- “Convention d’accueil” signed by the Prefecture (original + copy)

5. Entrepreneur

List of documents to present if you want to create your own company and move to France
- Diploma or Degree (master’s degree or higher) or any proof of having 5 years of similar work experience
- CERFA form “commerçant, artisan, industriel” along with the supporting documents requested by the interministerial decree Home Office/Economy of October 28th, 2016.
- Proof of investment of at least 30 000€ in the company
- Clean criminal background

6. Champion of an innovative economic project
Additional documents to present if you are championing an innovative economic project and want to move to France
- Proof of the innovative aspect of the economic project in France (product not yet available on the market, or that stands out from existing products thanks to superior performances…)
- Proof that the project has been recognized by a public agency

7. Economic/financial Investor
Additional documents to present if you are championing a project as financial investor and want to move to France
- Proof of personal investment in a company (at least 10% of the company’s capital) or an investment through a company owned by the applicant, or in which the applicant holds at least 30% of the capital
- Letter of commitment, stating yearly job creation and investment plan of the applicant
- Proof of commitment to invest at least 30 000€ worth of tangible or intangible assets on French territories

8. Company representative

Additional documents to present if you are a company legal representative and want to move to France
- Proof that you are the legal representative of a company based in France
- Proof that you have been working for at least 3 months, as an employee or legal representative in a company of the same group

9. Artist/Performer

Additional documents to present if you are an artist or performer and want to move to France
Artist/Performer with a job offer
- The relevant CERFA form filled out by your employer, and mentioning the position and salary
- Up-to-date KBIS extract
- Certificate of detachment from the French Social Security or signed statement that you will register with the French Social Security
Artist/Performer without a job offer
- Any documentation proving you are an artist/author/performer, and detailing your project in France

10. Internationally or nationally renowned person in their field: science, literature, arts, education, sports…

Additional documents to present if you are internationally or nationally renowned in your field and want to move to France
- Proof of your reputation : articles or books published, involvement in festivals, exhibitions, conferences (invitation letters…), scholarships or prizes, artist-in-residence programs, distinctions or medals awarded in France or other countries
- For artists: proof of the reputation of the venues where the applicant wishes to perform or exhibit, or where he has already performed or exhibited.

4.Family Members of the Passeport Talent holder

Personal appearance at the consulate is mandatory for all family members over the age of 12. For those under 12, appointments still need to be booked to allow for the processing of their applications.

For each accompanying family member

1. One long stay visa application form, duly filled out and signed.

PDF - 28.4 kb
Long stay visa application form
PDF - 47.8 kb
Formulaire demande visa de long séjour

2. 2 recent identical ID photos (see picture quality requirements below)

- Required Photo quality :

PDF - 220.6 kb
Photo requirements

3. Passport + photocopy of its identification page(s)

4. For non-Canadian Citizens: proof of legal residence in Canada - PR card, work/study permit+ photocopy

5. Proof of relationship to the applicant: marriage certificate for spouse and birth certificate (long form) for children

Dernière modification : 24/01/2017

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