President Emmanuel Macron of France has introduced new immigration legislation, which could reshape the countries policy on highly skilled migrants and asylum seekers.
The new legislation proposes:
- An expansion to the “Talent Passport” programme, which focuses on entrepreneurs and researchers
- A “Special Talent Passport” category for researchers and students would be introduced to allow a far greater inter-Europe mobility
- A new type of residence permit that allows students and graduates to find jobs or start their own business
- Amendments to the rules regarding Intra-Corporate Transfers, such as imposing a six month cooling-off period for foreign nationals who leave France once completing their assignment
- A shorter processing time for asylum seekers and a reduced appeal timeframe for rejected asylum applications. The bill also aims to increase the amount of time foreign migrants can be held in detention before they are deported.