At a Glance
The French government has announced that it will introduce several changes to better align the immigration system with France's labor market needs. Key planned changes include a new statistical tool to map regional labor shortages, expedited work authorization processing for companies recognized by the French government as having regular needs for international mobility due to their sector of activity and internal organization, and making the residence permit filing process electronic, among other changes. The proposal is part of a package of measures rolled out over several years. Some of the measures require parliamentary approval before they can take effect, which is expected in 2020. The situation
The French government has announced that it will introduce several changes to its immigration laws to better address the country's current labor shortages. Some of the proposals require parliamentary approval before they can take effect.
A closer look
The law includes the following proposals:
Action Details Current status Timing Mapping labor shortages
French authorities will develop a new statistical tool to map regional labor shortages in cooperation with employers, trade unions and regional authorities. The tool aims to enable Parliament to set annual regional recruitment objectives (referred to as 'quotas' in the media) based on identified regional labor shortages.
The current national shortage occupation list was last updated in 2008.
April - May 2020; annual review starting 2021
Labor market test waiver
Newly added shortage occupations will benefit from the current labor market test exemption.
Currently, the labor market test to search for eligible French or EU workers takes at least 21 days to process.
January 1, 2021
Expedited processing for trusted companies
Immigration authorities have proposed to expedite work authorization processing for companies recognized by the French government as having regular needs for international mobility due to their sector of activity and internal organization.
There is currently no expedited processing system in place for trusted companies. This proposal was included in the September 2018 immigration reforms.
Online Talent Passport applications
Online filing of applications for Talent Passport applications
Talent Passport applications are filed in person at the French consulate with jurisdiction over the applicant's place of residence.