Immigration procedures for moving to France in the Life Sciences sector


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Immigration procedures for moving to France in the Life Sciences sector


So you work in the Life Sciences sector and thanks to the help of our team of recruiters you have found a position in France to further your career? Congratulations! You will now be supported by our immigration experts who will guide you through all the upcoming steps to get your visa. Miguel, Immigration Manager at Cooptalis tells you more about the next steps.

Full support

As we want to ensure that you breeze through the expatriation process with total peace of mind, we stay in contact with you throughout the various immigration procedures.
We support you from start to finish with collecting all the necessary documents, translating them, completing the various administrative forms and getting your visa application file ready for the consulate.We are fully familiar with how consulates and authorities operate, which makes applications a lot easier as well as cutting down their processing time.

There are several types of visa:

The talent passport:

The talent passport is one of the most popular residence permits in France. Since its creation in 2016, it has authorised foreign citizens (excluding Algerians) to enter, stay and work in France.

What are the advantages?

  • It enables you to work in France without applying for a prior work permit.
  • It gives families the opportunity to go with the employee, who can get an accompanying family residence permit that then authorises them to work.
  • A lot of time is saved because the process is limited to just two steps:
    • You make a request upstream to the French Consulate in the country of residence
    • You apply for a residence permit within 3 months of arrival in France


The different types of talent passport


Passeport Talent Jeune Entreprise Innovante (New Innovative Company Talent Passport)

A new innovative company is a company that invests in research and development (R&D). We have been recognised as such since 2016, which is why we can offer you this visa.

To be eligible for this, you must have an indefinite employment contract and a gross annual salary of at least €38,474.80.
Also, the role must be related to the company's research & development project.


Passeport Talent Salarié Qualifié (Qualified Employee Talent Passport)

To be eligible for this visa, you must have obtained the following in France: a professional licence or Advanced Master's degree/Master of Science degree (certified by the conference of the Grandes Ecoles) or a qualification that is at least equivalent to the master's degree.

In addition, the employment contract must be for more than 3 months with a gross annual salary of at least €38,474.80.


La Carte Bleue Européenne (European Blue Card)

This applies to highly qualified employees and requires a diploma showing at least three years in higher education or five years of professional experience. It also requires a work contract of at least one year.

Family members then have access to a simplified procedure known as “accompanying family”. This means they aren't subject to the conditions required for family reunification.

Once their Talent Passport has been obtained, the expatriate will be able to enter and settle in France, they will have the right to work and live with their family for up to 4 years.


Employee visa or long-stay visa

If you don't fulfil the eligibility conditions for the talent passport, then the second solution is the long-stay visa, also called an employee visa. This applies to employees (who came for a permanent contract) or temporary workers (who came for a fixed-term contract) and is valid for a period of 3 to 12 months.

Cooptalis supports you through the various steps to obtain this:

  • Obtaining a work permit from the DREETS (6 to 10 weeks)
  • The medical examination at the OFII (French immigration office)
  • The visa application (between 2 and 4 weeks)


A team of specialised experts

When you choose to move abroad and further your career in a new country, the many different steps specific to each country can be a cause for anxiety.

This is why being surrounded by the best experts enables you to smoothly transition through this new life change. Our multicultural team of immigration professionals supports Talent like you every day in their procedures and they are thoroughly acquainted with all the specifics of each organisation and each request. This gives you greater peace of mind and more especially saves you lots of time with all the procedures on which your move to this country depends. And we don't stop there. In fact, we send you lots of tips and guides to help your family members get their residence permit too.


Once you've finished with all the regulatory procedures for coming to the country, it's time to sort out your future setup. Find out more about how our teams support you with all your relocation procedures. 


Having graduated with a master's degree in international relations and defences and a master's degree in international expertise, Miguel worked in a professional immigration firm for over 3 years, then for over a year in a law firm specialized in immigration. He then joined the Cooptalis teams in 2021. Miguel is currently manager of the inbound immigration team for expatriates arriving in France.

We offer various services to companies that are thinking about the professional mobility of their employees, such as strategy advice and professional immigration of Talent from abroad to France. We then support them in all the procedures related to applying for a work visa and residence permits for both employees and their families.

Pauline Jxxx

by Pauline Jxxx