Welcoming Tech Talent from around the World to France

What is the French Tech Visa?

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.

*Please note that citizens from the European Economic Area and Switzerland do not need a residence permit.

How to Qualify for the French Tech Visa?

3 profiles, 3 distinct procedures:

French Tech Visa

Found your startup in France in one of our partner incubators.

French Tech Visa

Join one of companies eligible to recruit French Tech Visa holders.

French Tech Visa

  • Invest in French startups by:
    opening a venture capital firm in France,
  • investing directly as a business angel,
  • or being recruited as an investor at a venture capital firm in France.

None of these describes you? You may still be eligible for a different type of residence permit. More details here.

Why France?

Join La French Tech !

Visit our amazing website that will tell you all about our ecosystem and why you should join us. Click the title above !

French Tech Needs YOU!

France wants to bring about a new generation of world-leading companies, boost innovation, and create jobs in the French economy.
We can only achieve this ambitious growth plan if we can attract the right people.

Furthermore, in a world driven by innovation, where creativity and audacity are changing the rules of the game, diversity - in terms of both culture and career paths - is an asset for the ecosystem.

The internationalization of the French startup ecosystem is a cultural and economic necessity for allowing hyper-growth companies to succeed in their international development.

The Tech sector is truly global, and competition is fierce, especially when it comes to attracting the best talent. If France wants to produce world-leading companies, we have to be able to bring in top talent from around the world and make their transition into the French Tech ecosystem as smooth as possible.

We need YOU to come to France and help us create tomorrow's world leaders!

Why you should choose French Tech

There has been a very strong dynamic over the past few years around France’s 10,000 startups.

  • Venture capital investment doubled between 2014 and 2015 and remained elevated in 2016 (increasing from $1B in 2014 to $2B in 2015 and to $2.4B in 2016),
  • 60% of 18-29-year-olds in France report wanting to create their own companies,
  • and France’s startup ecosystem has grown faster than any other European ecosystem in the past 5 years. Today France has the highest number of VC deals in Europe.

Behind the well-known success stories of Criteo, Blablacar, and OVH, there are many hyper-growth-stage French startups around the world: Cellectis, Drivy, Scality, Sigfox, Vestiaire Collective, and Algolia to name a few.

Our country has many business and job opportunites for talented tech professionals.
Come find out for yourselves!