French Startup Visa (French Tech Visa for Founders)

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.


  • Renewable after 4 years
  • Includes family
  • No diploma/degree required
  • Includes right to work
  • Access to EU
  • Path to Permanent Residence


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 (full list is available here)


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Startup accepted into an approved French accelerator or incubator

$22,234 annual income or bank balance


The visa application fee is $118.

The residence permit costs $270+.


First, get accepted into an approved French accelerator or incubator. (The list is here.) 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. (The list is here.) Apply 3 months before you plan to go to France, but no earlier.

This website has 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. (Find the closest one here.) 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.


  • Passport, valid at least 3 months after your visa would expire
  • Letter from an approved accelerator certifying that your startup is an “innovative tech company”
  • Completed and signed application form
  • 3 35mm x 40mm passport photos (guidelines here )

Documents required can include:

  • Proof of income or bank balance
  • Documents proving family relationships to all dependents (such as marriage license and birth certificate)
  • Police clearance from your home country and your country of residence
  • Proof of current residence

Other documents may be required.