New French Immigration Law Published

On January 27, 2024, the new French immigration law took effect. The principle changes affecting work immigration include:

  • A new residence permit for health care professionals;
  • French language proficiency requirements for certain residence categories;
  • Limited renewals in certain residence categories;
  • Stricter family reunification rules;
  • A temporary (until the end of 2026), new, one-year (renewable) residence permit category for foreign workers in France who are undocumented and have been resident in France for at least three years, and employed for at least 12 of the previous 24 months. This category regularizes certain undocumented workers and allows them to work in sectors and areas which are experiencing labour shortages.

A clause providing British nationals owning a second-home in France with an automatic long-stay visa was rejected by the Constitutional Court on January 25, 2024, along with 31 other provisions of the new law.

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Erickson Immigration Group will continue to monitor developments and share updates as more news is available. Please contact your employer or EIG attorney if you have questions about anything we’re reporting above or case-specific questions.