Permit for highly-qualified workers
To apply for a “passport talent” with the mention “EU Blue Card”, the applicant must:
In addition, the applicant must not pose a threat to public policy in the view of the Member State. S/he may also be required to provide his/her address in that Member State.
The gross annual salary resulting from the monthly or annual salary specified in the work contract or binding job offer must be equal to or higher than the relevant salary threshold defined by the Member State (at least 1.5 times the average gross annual salary in the Member State concerned)
Since January 2017, France set the minimum annual gross salary threshold at 53,836.50 EUR.
Some Member States apply a Labour Market Test (LMT). This is a mechanism that aims to ensure that migrant workers are only admitted after employers have unsuccessfully searched for national workers, EU citizens (in EU Member states this also means EEA workers) or legally residing third-country nationals with access to the labour market according to national legislation (for more information see the FAQ section).
France doesn't apply a labour market test.
The maximum period of validity in France is: four years.
Specific rules: In France, the EU Blue Card is issued for a maximum period of four years and is renewable. If the employment contract is longer than one year but shorter than four years, the EU Blue Card shall be issued for the duration of the contract.
Initial Blue Card fee: 269 EUR.
Renewal: 269 EUR. Replacement 269 EUR.
Fee for express issuance: N/A.
National law foresees that the maximum processing time for issuing a Blue Card in France is 90 days.