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Key Points

  • France introduced changes to its work permit, residency permit, and general immigration law on January 27, 2024


The French government introduced a new immigration law on January 27, 2024. Under the new law, the following changes have taken effect:

  • Health Care Visa: Introducing a new healthcare residency visa category
  • Language Requirements: Introducing language test requirements for foreign nationals holding certain temporary visa category types
  • Longer Welfare Waiting Period: Non-European Union (EU) citizens in France must reside for 30 months (employed) or five years (unemployed) before accessing welfare benefits
  • State Medical Care Review: Legislation granting unlimited medical care to illegal residents is under review throughout 2024
  • Residency for Labour Shortages: Non-EU workers in industries facing shortages can apply for residency and work permits after three years’ residency and 12 months’ work in the past two years
  • Tighter Family Reunification: Residents must wait 24 months, show stable income, and have health insurance before applying for family reunification. The minimum age of the spouse is raised to 21
  • Foreign Students Deposit: Student residency permit applicants must make a refundable deposit for repatriation costs, except for needy or exceptional students
  • Non-Automatic Birthright Citizenship: Children born to foreign parents in France must apply for citizenship between the ages of 16 and 18
  • Nationality Withdrawal: Dual-national individuals convicted of voluntary homicide against officials can lose French nationality

Additional information on changes to the immigration law can be found in the French Journal.

Looking Ahead

Continue to check the French government’s website for the latest updates and information.

Written by: Jessie Butchley, Global Immigration Writer, Envoy Global
Source: The Official Journal of France

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