France: a new type of residence card
“The Skills and Talents” (“Compétences et Talents”) residence card, which has been introduced in France this year, allows to work in France in order to pursue a project in economic, intellectual, scientific, cultural, humanitarian or athletic fields.
In contrast to other types of the residence document, this type of permit is granted for three years with the possibility of extension.
“The Skills and Talents” residence card may be obtained directly from the French consulate and allows undertaking employment in France upon arrival. The spouse of the permit’s holder receives a permit to accompany and work in France. For further details please see http://www.immigration.gouv.fr/IMG/pdf/immigrationprofessionnelle_etrangers_anglais.pdf , also http://www.ambafrance-us.org/spip.php?article1178