Michel Sapin, Minister for the Economy and Finance, officially launched the website "Welcome to France, helping you to settle in", a platform for welcoming international talent in France, developed by Business France alongside Muriel Penicaud, General Director of the agency.
This new service for welcoming international talent consists of a website, www.welcometofrance.com, which acts as a unique resource centre to inform and guide candidates for expatriation in France as well as their families. The website enables visitors to see the various formalities required before moving to France and during the year they set up home here, via a customised online "walk-through".
"Welcome to France" is designed to help a range of different groups:
- Company directors,
- Staff who have taken up international mobility opportunities
- Human Resources departments
- Lawyers, relocation companies, etc.
Potential expatriation candidates to France can contact the Welcome Office’s mobility specialists with any questions at any time via an online request form. They will receive an initial reply within three working days.
Launching this "Welcome to France" service is an important step that joins and supports all the measures designed to promote France’s economic attractiveness. Several projects and measures initiated for international talents have been in progress since 2013:
- French Tech Ticket, a one year program to attract gifted and ambitious individuals from all around the world and help them set up and develop their startup in France;
- The "Passeport talent" residence permit in France for 4 years, renewable, simplifies and accelerates the process of obtaining residence permits and it is designed in particular for researchers, artist/performer, employee of an innovative company, Highly skilled workers, employee on mission with a French contract, scientists and students at the end of their studies, etc.;
- The French Finance Act for 2017 (loi de finances de 2017) also includes several measures which allow foreign individuals working in France, the international talent, to benefit from a favorable tax regime. And the benefit period is increased from 5 to 8 years
- French Tech Visa, a program based on the new Talent Passport scheme introduced in late 2016. It will attract international Tech talents and facilitate their move to France, whether they are business founders, employees or investors; and accompany the beneficiaries of the Talent Passport in the process of obtaining residence permits, and which will be launched in spring 2017.
In addition, the creation of Business France in 2015, and more recently the one-stop shop “Choose Paris Region” for simplifying procedures for foreign investors, are all conceived to improve the competitiveness of France.
"This comprehensive approach to promoting France’s appeal with international talents and companies is paying off. We are pleased and proud to welcome some twenty new investments in France every week, a trend that is set to continue as the French economy and its global influence expands." Michel Sapin said on the launching conference.