France plans special residency permits for workers in under-staffed sectors

The French government’s new Immigration bill proposes, among other things, a special residency permit for people working in sectors where there is a labour shortage.

Under proposals put forward by Interior Minister Gérald Darmanin and Employment Minister Olivier Dussopt, the special residence permit is intended to ease the worker shortage in a number of under-pressure areas of the economy, including construction, hospitality, and healthcare.

The bill is at this stage only a proposal and still needs to be formally drafted and then debated on both houses of parliament. The Ministers say the bill will come before parliament in early 2023.