ANNOUNCEMENT 11 Aug 2011

In August 2011, the government of France announced a change for the labour market access of foreign workers.

NUMBER OF INTERVENTIONS

1

  • 1 harmful
  • 0 neutral
  • 0 liberalising

SOURCE

JORF n°0186 du 12 août 2011 page 13867, texte n° 44, Arrêté du 11 août 2011 relatif à la délivrance, sans opposition de la situation de l'emploi, des autorisations de travail aux étrangers non ressortissants d'un Etat membre de l'Union européenne, d'un autre Etat partie à l'Espace économique européen ou de la Confédération suisse: https://www.legifrance.gouv.fr/affichTexte.do?cidTexte=JORFTEXT000024463410&categorieLien=id
On the cancellation:
Fragomen Global Client Alert, "More occupations qualify for Labor Market Test Exemption", http://www.fragomen.com/newsresources/xprNewsDetailFrag.aspx?xpST=GlobalAlerts&news=1932
Conseil d'Etat, decision no. 353288 of December 26, 2012 (in French): https://www.legifrance.gouv.fr/affichTexte.do?cidTexte=JORFTEXT000026856690&categorieLien=id

Inception date: 11 Aug 2011 | Removal date: 09 Dec 2012

Labour market access

On 11 August 2011, the government of France shortened the list of shortage occupations for non-EU/EFTA citizens. The list now contains 14 occupations, down from 30 prior to the change in regulation.
 
Jobs offered in the listed occupations are not subject to a labour market test required by French authorities for the employment of citizens from non-EU/EFTA countries, in which the employer needs to demonstrate that no suitable French or EU candidate can be found to fill up the vacancy.
Update February 15, 2013:
On December 26, 2012, the Conseil d'Etat - the supreme judicial body in matters of administrative law - has overruled this decision following a legal challenge. As a result, the previous list of about 30 shortage occupations, varying by region, is now back in effect.

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