New PUMA law that affects health coverage rights.

For non-EU citizens: the health coverage rights for adult dependents only apply after 3 months of continuous residence in France.

Minors continue to be entitled to medical coverage upon arrival in France. This new law was implemented with the objective of guaranteeing independent health coverage statutes for dependent and non-dependent citizens.

For EU citizens: Health coverage rights for adult dependents, without active employment, only apply after 5 years of continuous residence in France. As a result, before arriving in France, dependent EU citizens are recommended to apply for a European health insurance card that is initially valid for two years and can be renewed. In addition, it is recommended to take out private insurance coverage for the dependent adult during the first 5 years of residence.

New Immigration Law.

From March 7 th 2016, it has adopted a new integration process applicable for citizens outside the EU as well as longer residence rights. Specifically:

  1. Grant a long-stay visa to the spouse of a French citizen who wants to visit France and the obligation to handle student visa applications, as the spouse of French citizens, as soon as possible.
  2. The elimination of temporary work permits for stays of less than three months.
  3. New qualifications to obtain permanent residence cards.

We should witness an improvement in anticipated delays in obtaining these visas as well as broader conditions that allow the issuance of a permanent residence card 10.

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