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27 October 2016

A new decree on foreigners' rights in France

A new decree sets out the conditions for applying major reforms for further shoring up the right of residence for foreigners residing lawfully in France, cutting red tape regarding their situation and giving them greater opportunities for integrating into French society.
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The Minister of the Interior has just presented a decree during a Council of Ministers meeting for the application of the 7 March 2016 Act, which contains various provisions on the entry and residence of foreigners in France.
 
This Act stipulates the conditions for applying major reforms for further shoring up the right of residence of foreigners residing lawfully in France, cutting red tape regarding their situation and giving them greater opportunities for integrating into French society:
 
  • From 1 November 2016, multiannual residence cards will be issued to all foreigners meeting the legal integration criteria and respecting the values of the Republic.
 
  • The decree stipulates the applicable procedure for allowing the residence of seriously ill foreigners on French soil and, when they are minors, of their parents. This humanitarian procedure, a source of pride for the Republic, will now be underpinned by a secure framework ensuring equal treatment of all applicants and providing guarantees for fraud prevention. The experience of the OFII (French Office for Immigration and Integration) in welcoming foreigners to France is widely known. It also has a highly effective medical department and, for both these reasons, it will play an instrumental role in this procedure.
 
  • The decree also lays down criteria for issuing and renewing the "Talent passport", a new residence document introduced by the law for boosting France's appeal in terms of skilled immigration and international talent. The validity of this residence document can run for up to four years from the first time it is issued. It is intended for foreign nationals likely to make a contribution to France's competitiveness, reputation and influence, at an economic and cultural level alike.
 
Other implementing decrees will be enacted in support of the reform bearing on foreigners' rights in France, not least on combating irregular immigration by bringing more effective tools into play.