THE ARTIST TALENT PASSPORT: THE PATH FOR AN ARTIST TO SETTLE IN FRANCE


Since the entry into force of the law of March 7, 2016, foreign nationals who practice the profession of the performer, or are authors of a literary or artistic work may be issued a multi-year residence permit bearing the words ” talent passport ”.

This residence permit can be requested in France, from the prefecture with territorial jurisdiction in the context of a change of status, or from the French Consulate if the person is abroad.

The “artist-performer talent passport” residence permit is issued for a maximum period of four years, to foreign nationals whose professional artistic activity is exercised on French territory for a period exceeding three months.

Under Article L. 212-1 of the Intellectual Property Code, the performer “ is the person who represents, sings, recites, declaims, plays or otherwise performs a literary or artistic work. , a variety, circus or puppet number  ”.

The notion of literary or artistic work is defined by article L. 112-2 of the same code, stating that:

“The  following are considered in particular as works of the mind within the meaning of this code:

1 ° Books, brochures and other literary, artistic and scientific writings;

2 ° Lectures, addresses, sermons, pleadings and other works of the same nature;

3 ° Dramatic or musical works;

4 ° Choreographic works, circus acts, and tricks, pantomimes, the performance of which is fixed in writing or otherwise;

5 ° musical compositions with or without words;

6 ° Cinematographic works and other works consisting of animated sequences of images, with or without sound, together referred to as audiovisual works;

7 ° Works of drawing, painting, architecture, sculpture, engraving, lithography;

8 ° Graphic and typographical works;

9 ° Photographic works and those produced using techniques similar to photography;

10 ° Works of applied art;

11 ° Illustrations, geographical maps;

12 ° Plans, sketches and plastic works relating to geography, topography, architecture, and science;

13 ° Software, including preparatory design material;

14 ° The creations of the seasonal clothing and adornment industries. The seasonal clothing and adornment industries are those industries that, owing to the demands of fashion, frequently renew the shape of their products, and in particular sewing, fur, lingerie, embroidery, fashion, clothing. footwear, gloves, leather goods, the manufacture of high-novelty or special fabrics for haute couture, the productions of paruriers and shoemakers and furnishing fabric factories  ”.

To obtain this residence permit, it is, therefore, necessary that the applicant for the permit justifies being a performer within the meaning of the provisions of the aforementioned intellectual property code. To do this, various documents can be communicated according to the artistic activity carried out.

In addition, the supporting documents to be attached to the application for the title, in particular relating to the means test, are different depending on whether the applicant wishes to exercise the profession of artist-performer on French territory as an employee or as a self-employed person.

Depending on the nationality of the permit applicant, the conditions for obtaining the “talent passport” residence permit may also differ.

Whatever their situation, the Lawyers of the Terravocats network support people wishing to obtain the “talent passport” residence permit in their capacity as a performer.