For founders

France is a great home for founders looking to start ambitious companies. If you are a tech entrepreneur, we hope our accelerated visa scheme helps you feel welcome.

Step 1.

To be eligible for the French Tech Visa for Founders, you must first have:

  • Financial resources or a gross annual salary amounting to at least twice French minimum wage (€36,509.20 as of January 1st, 2019) for the year.
  • Get formally admitted by one of our French Tech Visa Partner Incubators or Accelerators, etc.) through their regular selection process.

List of Partner incubators or Accelerators

Step 2.

If you are selected by one of our partners, you will receive a letter from the DIRECCTE that certifies that your company is indeed an “innovative tech company.” Hang on to it, you’ll need it for Step 3.

Note: Remember that French Tech Visas are fast-track procedures designed exclusively for companies in this special category. The evaluation process is purely qualitative. We may look at the startup-related track record of its founders, references, whether or not the company is venture backed, and/or simply assess the nature of the project.

Step 3.

You are now ready to apply for your long-stay visa and residence permit.

The procedure depends on whether or not you already live in France (see below). In either case, you will need to provide several documents as part of your application.

If you live outside France:

Step 3aAt the Embassy or Consulate closest to your official residence, apply for a long-stay visa no earlier than 3 months before the date of your arrival in France. This visa, granted at the consulate and attached to your passport, grants you entry.

Find the relevant diplomatic or consular authority closest to where you live

Step 3bOnce in France, you will present your long-stay visa at your local préfecture (French government administrative office) which will then issue your residence permit allowing you to live and work in France for 4 years, renewable.

Find the relevant Préfecture (based on where you will live in France).

 

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

Simply apply at the Préfecture in your place of residence for a change of status. This procedure will convert your previous residence permit into a “Passeport Talent” residence permit, allowing you to live and work in France for 4 years.

Tip: You must apply for the change of status two months before the previous residence permit expires. You must meet the same eligibility criteria for the “passeport talent” (talent passport) as founders applying from outside France.