1

I have an EU Blue Card issued by France since 2019 which expires in April 2023. I was working until December 2021 and then in 2022, I was enrolled in a Masters program in France. I studied while on a 'training leave' (conge formation) from work. So, I was studying on my EU Blue Card and did not have a student visa. Now, I wish to quit my job and search for something better. However, the issue I face is that for my renewal, I need an employer attestation, which I will not have if I quit.

I am not sure about the options that I have. These are the questions that are stuck in my head while I try to make a decision.

  • Should I stay with my employer till I receive the récépissé ?
  • Can I quit and still apply for a renewal of the Blue Card?
  • Can I quit and apply for a job search visa?
  • Do I qualify for pole emploi (unemployment benefits)? If so, can I prolong my stay using this?

I'm looking for any guidance from the community as I am genuinely lost.

1 Answer 1

1

Should I stay with my employer till I receive the récépissé?

This sounds like the safest plan. Generally speaking, I don't see many benefits in quitting before you found another job. Do no underestimate how long recruitment processes can be in France.

Even after renewing the card, you would be on a clock to find a new job and at the mercy of the préfecture. If you can help it and can tolerate your current job, I strongly recommend against creating that kind of pressure for yourself.

Can I quit and still apply for a renewal of the Blue Card?

No, a form from your employer and various other documens related to your job / occupation are indeed explicit requirements. You would risk a refusal and OQTF (giving you 30 days to leave France) and would be even worse off.

Can I quit and apply for a job search visa?

I don't know about that. The visa seems designed for people who came to France as students and service-public lists a student residence permit as one of the requirements. You won't be able to present that, which makes this route risky.

Do I qualify for pole emploi (unemployment benefits)? If so, can I prolong my stay using this?

Not if your quit without justification. You can only get unemployment benefits if you are laid off, fired (even fired for cause, unless it's a faute lourde), or quit for a number of specific reasons (like moving to live with your spouse after the wedding). I am not sure how the time spent studying under the congé formation would count towards your unemployment benefits but this is moot if you quit.

1
  • Thank you so much! This is incredibly helpful!
    – skrymir
    Commented Jan 9, 2023 at 16:15

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service and acknowledge you have read our privacy policy.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.