The French Tech Visa, what is it?

Faced with the growth and internationalization of French Tech, French start-ups have growing recruitment needs and can sometimes face difficulties in recruiting foreign talent.

To overcome this, the “French Tech Visa” was created: this is a simplified and faster visa application procedure to facilitate the recruitment of these non-European talents for French startups.

It also aims to promote the start-up ecosystem in France, attracting foreign entrepreneurs, creating businesses and jobs in France. Three profiles may therefore be affected by this visa: entrepreneurs, investors and employees.

Companies, are you looking to recruit international talent through the French Tech Visa scheme?

To be eligible, your startup must meet the following criteria:

  • Be registered in France and have a SIRET number
  • Meet one of the following requirements:
    • Have the status of “Young Innovative Company” (JEI)
    • Have received public funding for innovation in the last five years
    • Having been incubated in a support structure (in France or abroad)
    • Have been backed by French or foreign investors

Future non-European employees, do you want to join a French tech start-up?

The French Tech Visa facilitates obtaining your work visa, for which some conditions must be met:

  • Have an employment contract of less than 3 months with a French company eligible for the scheme
  • Have an annual gross salary of at least two minimum wages
  • Provide a certificate of recognition of the company’s innovative character, issued by French Tech
  • For talents who do not live in France: they must apply for a “Talent Passport” less than 3 months before arriving in France. Then a residence permit will be issued upon arrival in France
  • For talents living in France: it is possible to apply for a change of status, two months before the expiry of the current residence permit

Note that there are no prerequisites for the degree, and that this visa is valid for 4 years, renewable.

Entrepreneurs, do you want to create a technology start-up in France?

To benefit from this visa, you must:

  • Have a gross annual salary corresponding to at least one year’s salary at the minimum wage
  • Fulfill one of three conditions:
    • Have an official admission to an incubator or a French Tech visa partner
    • Be admitted to a Capital French Tech partner incubator/accelerator
    • Be supported by a player in the French Tech ecosystem
  • For startuppers.ses who do not reside in France: it is necessary to apply for a long-stay visa at least three months before arriving in France. This visa will later be used to apply for a residence permit, valid for 4 years, renewable.
  • For startuppers.ses residing in France: it is possible to apply for a change of status to convert the residence permit into a “Talent Passport”, valid for 4 years renewable. This request must be made two months before the expiry of the current residence permit.

Please note that an online form must be completed to justify your company’s innovative character.

Investor, do you want to become a Business Angel in France?

To be eligible for the French Tech Investors Visa, you must meet the following criteria:

  • For a personal investment: you agree to invest in a company in which you own at least 10% of the capital, you must invest 300,000 euros and create (or maintain) jobs within four years of your investment
  • For an investment through a company that you own, or in which you hold at least 30% of the capital: you must invest at least 300,000 euros and create (or maintain) jobs for up to four years after your investment
  • For investors not residing in France: it is necessary to apply for a long-stay visa at least three months before arriving in French territory. This visa will later be used to apply for a residence permit, valid for 4 years, renewable.
  • For investors residing in France: it is possible to apply for a change of status to convert the residence permit into a “Talent Passport”, valid for 4 years, renewable. This request must be made two months before the expiry of the current residence permit.

After submitting the file, an acceptance letter from French Tech Mission will be sent to the investor.

Briefly…

In short, Visa French Tech’s objective is to promote innovation, internationalization and growth of French companies, helping them to attract foreign talents and entrepreneurs, connecting to the French innovation ecosystem and supporting them in the administrative procedures to become establish in France. .

The total cost (residence permit and visa) for the applicant corresponds to €368. However, if the request is made by an employer, the cost represents 55% of the gross monthly wage (limited to 2.5 times the minimum wage, i.e. 2,092 euros maximum).

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