France eases limits on foreign graduates' right to work
The French government has reversed its predecessor’s order to officials to restrict the number of foreign graduates taking jobs in the country after they have graduated from French universities.
A circular issued Tuesday instructed regional officials tomake a priority of reexamining the cases of foreign graduates who have applied for the right to work in France since 1 June
2011, the date the first circular issued by then-interior minister Claude Guéant told them to issue fewer permits.
They should be given six-month temporary permits which will allow them to work or, if they already have a job offer, a permit to work while their case is being examined.
President François Hollande promised to scrap the Guéant circular during his election campaign and students’ union and university
authorities have been consulted on the drafting of its replacement.
After Guéant issued his circular, which was followed by a second on 12 January 2012, a number of students who had been recruited by French companies were unable to take their jobs because they could not change status from student to employee.