By Alexandra Demeure 4 May 2022 In France news

France // Increase in salary thresholds for foreign workers

France conditions eligibility to a number of professional immigration statuses by the guarantee of a minimum wage, indexed to the SMIC (minimum interprofessional growth wage). To guarantee the purchasing power of the lowest paid local employees, the amount of the SMIC is regularly reassessed by the authorities. This automatically leads to the reassessment of the minimum wages required for foreign workers.


Since May 1, 2022, the gross annual minimum wage has been €19,747, based on 35 hours of work per week.

The gross annual minimum wages required by the immigration authorities are therefore now as follows:

  • Passeport talent Salarié en mission (Employee on assignment) (1.8 x SMIC) -> €35,544.60
  • Passeport talent Salarié qualifié (Qualified employee) & Jeune entreprise innovante (young innovative company) (2 x SMIC) -> €39,494
  • Employee (with labor market test) (SMIC) -> €19,747
  • Employee (with RECE and without labor market test) (1.5 x SMIC) -> €29,620.50

It should be noted that the salary required for an application for a Passeport talent Carte Bleue Européenne (European Blue Card) is not, for its part, indexed to the SMIC. It is equal to 1.5 times the amount of the average gross annual reference salary, set since the decree of June 20, 2016 at €35,891. The minimum remuneration offered to the applicant for a European Blue Card must therefore be €53,836.50 gross per year, regardless of changes in the minimum wage.


We invite all employers to pay attention to the salary proposed in the new contracts for foreign employees. New applications will need to be at the new lows to be acceptable and insufficient pay will result in the application being rejected.

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