The "Passeport talent" card

If you have a work project, the renewable card “Passeport Talent” can allow you to exercise the professional activity of your choice in connection with your project.

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"

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 (click here for a list of French Consulates in the United States).
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.

If you wish to apply for a “passeport-talent” residence permit in France, you will need to make an appointment and come to the Consulate to apply for a long-stay visa and bring the following documents:
-  Passport, issued less than 10 years ago, valid at least 18 months, with at least 2 blank visa pages + copy of the ID pages
-  One application form (in French, English or Spanish) filled out completely and signed by the applicant
-  Passport picture (standard format, uniform background, no hat or glasses, mouth closed)
-  For non-US citizens : green card or valid visa with I20/I94 + copies
-  Proof of residence in Florida (or Puerto Rico, Bahamas, Cayman Islands, Turks & Caicos or American Virgin Islands) : driving license, or lease agreement, or utility bill
-  Means to pay the visa application fee (cash, card or money order)
-  If your project is for a maximum of a year, the OFII form duly filled out (upper part only).
-  If you do not wish to come back to the Consulate to pick up your passport, a prepaid, self-addressed envelope (USPS, Fedex or UPS) with a tracking number

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

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 a mission, with a French work contract
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. 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)
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

5. 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

6. 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

7. 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

8. 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

9. Person internationally or nationally renowned 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.
Family members of a “passeport-talent” applicant (spouse or children under 18)
-  Documents proving your relation to the applicant : marriage or birth certificate, or “livret de famille”

REMINDER: It is mandatory to set up an appointment in order to get a visa.

Contact: visas.miami-fslt@diplomatie.gouv.fr

Last modified on 14/07/2017

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