French Tech Visa for Founders enables foreign startup founders to set up found their startup in France in one of a French Tech partner incubators. You may be granted a residence permit marked Talent Passport innovative project, valid for up to 4 years, renewable. You need to apply for your long-stay visa at the French Consulate (if you live outside of France) or at the Prefecture (if you already live in France), with the supporting documents.
Be selected by one (or several) of the French Tech Visa partner incubators and accelerators, through their regular process of selection.
If your startup is selected by a partner incubator, your incubator will send you an official letter from the French Administration (Direccte) attesting to the innovative nature of your startup.
Apply for your long-stay visa and residence permit. The procedure depends on whether or not you already live in France (Refer to this link for details)
Once you are in France, you must pay a tax of 250 Euros to the French Immigration and Citizenship Office (Office français de l'immigration et de l'intégration – OFII). In addition to this tax, there is a stamp duty of 19 Euros. These payments are to be made when you pick up your residence permit at your Prefecture in France.
Total cost for the long-stay visa plus the residence permit: €368
You can bring your spouse and kids along. Processing time may vary on case basis.
420 USD approx.
4 Eligibility Requirements
9 Document Required
Talent gain & drain map of 2015-2019 data. Sourced from World Bank Digital Development Data.
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