France: French Tech Visa (Startup Visa)

The French Tech Visa lets tech startup founders and their family move to France. 

French Tech Visas also exist for employees with a tech job offer and investors in tech startups



France’s tech community is growing, with support from the government and from driven, creative founders and dedicated investors. This makes France an ideal place to launch a new startup. (French Tech visas are available for your employees, too.)

Your startup must be accepted into an approved incubator or accelerator in France.

Internet Speed

Fixed broadband: 192.25 Mbps download/137.82 Mbps upload

Mobile: 70.24 Mbps download/11.33 Mbps upload

Cost of living

No. 15 globally 


Startup accepted into an approved French accelerator or incubator

$22,234 annual income or bank balance


Application Process

First, get accepted into an approved French accelerator or incubator. They will send you a letter certifying that your startup is an “innovative tech company.”

Take this letter and all other documentation to the French embassy or consulate in the country where you live and apply for a long-stay visa. Apply 3 months before you plan to go to France, but no earlier. (More information about applying for a long-stay visa).

Use the long-stay visa to enter France. Then take your documents to the préfecture (government administration office) local to where you live. They will issue you a 4-year residence permit.

If you already live in France, you can apply for the residence permit directly at your local prefecture.

Documents Required

You may also need:

Other documents may be required.

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