French Tech Visa

The French Tech Visa is open to three categories of tech talent - startup founders, employees, and investors - and allows them to live and work in France.

The French Tech Visa is a simplified, fast-track procedure for three types of international tech talent to obtain a residence permit known as the "Passeport Talent" ("Talent Passport").

The French Tech Visa is open to three categories of tech talent - startup founders, employees, and investors - and allows them to live and work in France.

  • It is valid for four years, on a renewable basis.
  • It is extended to immediate family members: spouses also receive residence permits authorizing them to live and work in France. Dependent children are authorized to live in France as well.
  • No additional work permit is required.

French Tech Visa for Employees

I. For Employers

Is my company eligible to use this Visa for our employees?

To be eligible your company must

(1) Be registered in France and present your SIRET number (a 14 digit number all French companies have)
(2) Check one of the following requirements

  • Has the “Young Innovative Enterprise (JEI)” status. (FYI this is a package of tax credits and social contribution exemptions we offer to our R&D-heavy startups)
  • Received specific state funding* for innovation within the last 5 years
  • Backed by a French VC*
  • Part of a cohort of a partner Accelerator/Incubator*
  • Is part of the current cohort of Pass French Tech

*This list, updated regularly throughout the year, can be accessed via this link.

How do I apply?

All applications must be completed online via our platform.

Will it cost my company anything?

French companies can activate the “French Tech Visa for Employees” for their employees at no extra charge to the company. France does not charge an employee sponsorship fee. However, standard processing fees of a total of €368 (see below) apply.

II. For Employees

Am I eligible?

To be eligible for the French Tech Visa as an employee, you must have:

  • a work contract with a minimum duration of 3 months with a French company eligible to recruit via the French Tech Visa for Employees*
  • a gross annual salary of at least of at least twice the French minimum wage (€35,963.20 as of January 1st, 2018)

*See the section “For Employers”

How do I apply?

Step 1:
Get hired by a French company eligible to recruit via the French Tech Visa.

Step 2:
Sign your work contract (make sure that it is signed and stamped by your future employer as well). And ask your employer for the official “French Tech Visa” letter attesting that the company is eligible to recruit via the French Tech Visa.

Step 3:
Apply for your long-stay visa and residence permit. The procedure depends on whether or not you already live in France.

If you live outside of France:
  • In your home country
    Apply for a long-stay visa and residence permit marked "Passeport Talent" ("Talent Passport") at the French Consulate in your usual place of residence no earlier than 3 months before the date of your arrival in France.
    The long-stay visa is attached to your passport and authorizes you to enter France as an employee working in an innovative new company. The residence permit (which you will receive after your arrival) allows you to stay in France as an employee for 4 years.
    Find the relevant diplomatic or consular authority in your usual place of residence.
If you already live in France:

If you already live in France under a different type of residence permit:

  • You will need to apply at your local Prefecture for a change of status. You must apply two months before the previous residence permit expires.
  • You must meet the same criteria for the "Passeport Talent" (Talent Passport) as employees applying from outside France.

What documents will I need to provide?

You will need to provide several documents as part of a standard application. Contact the French Prefecture or French Consulate nearest you to obtain this list.

To give you an idea of the type of documents you will need, you can download this list of documents that must be submitted with an application for a ‘Talent Passport’ residence permit for an employee. Please note that this list is provided for indicative purposes only. Make sure you contact the consular, diplomatic or prefectural authority that will be handling your application to obtain a list of required documents appropriate to your personal circumstances. Further information can be found on.

Will it cost me anything?

French companies can activate the “French Tech Visa for Employees” for their employees at no extra charge to the company. Standard immigration-related fees (below) however will apply:

CostItemPayable
€99 Long-stay visa authorising your employee to enter France At the French Consulate prior to your arrival in France
€250 The tax to the French Immigration and Citizenship Office ("Office français de l’immigration et de l’intégration – OFII") At the prefecture, once you arrive in France
€19 Stamp duty (Processing fee) At the prefecture, once you arrive in France

How do I take my family with me to France?

There is a simplified "accompanying family" procedure available for your spouse and dependent minor children.

  • Your spouse will be automatically granted the "Talent Passport – Family" residence permit, giving him/her the same authorization to live and work in France as you. You and your spouse should apply for the "Talent Passport" at the same time.
  • Children who enter France under the age of 18, but who turn 18 during their stay must apply for a "Talent Passport – Family" residence permit in the year they turn 18.

Last modified on 06/03/2019

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