France has launched a “tech visa” designed to attract investors and talent to the country’s startup space.

FranceFrance is pushing forward with plans to become a leading hub for entrepreneurs and startups by expanding its “Passeport Talent” scheme to include a French Tech Visa.

Two years after the French government launched the French Tech Ticket, an ambitious scheme to encourage foreign startups to build a base in France, their newest programme, the French Tech Visa, goes one step further and invites various patrons of the startup ecosystem to nest in the country. It’s an easier way to get a four-year visa for you and your family and is part of the ‘Passeport Talent’ scheme launched in 2016.

With the French Tech Ticket, foreign entrepreneurs will receive:

  • a work visa
  • a $14,000–28,000 grant for each team member
  • an office space, free of cost, in an incubator in Paris; and
  • an English-speaking administrative advisor.

However, the French Tech Visa is an easier and more inclusive programme to net a four-year stay in the country. Its general features, as enlisted on the website, are that it has a four-year validity on a renewable basis; a Talent Passport – Family granted to the spouse of the main applicant, guaranteeing identical family treatment and automatic labour market access as an employee, business founder, etc; no work permit required for any work performed as an employee; and lastly, under certain circumstances, a fast-track procedure will also be provided.

As a founder, there are three ways to get the French Tech Visa — applying to the French Tech Ticket programme, applying to France-based startup accelerators and competitions (wherein La French Tech will be partnering with them to provide the participants exclusive support to the French Tech Visa application process), and to directly apply to the French Tech Visa programme for founders, which can be done by contacting one’s local French Consulate or the local prefecture (if you already reside in France), and follow the general procedure to apply for a Passeport Talent.

For more information on this program visit: www.frenchtechticket.com