French ‘Angel Investor’ Visa Route

Check out Harsh’s story about how he applied successfully for the French entrepreneur visa.

To obtain certification from the French Tech Mission, apply online. It only takes a minute to fill out and on average 2 to 5 working days to process. To qualify, the company needs to be registered in France and have a SIRET number, a 14 digit number referring to your business location.

Then, if the company checks one of the following conditions, they qualify to use the French Tech Visa for Employees:

  • Has the “Young Innovative Enterprise (JEI)” status. (FYI this is a package of tax credits and social contribution exemptions we offer to our R&D-heavy startups)
  • Received specific state funding* for innovation within the last 5 years
  • Backed by a French VC*
  • Part of a cohort of a partner Accelerator/Incubator*

How do I bring my family to France?

There is a simplified “accompanying family” procedure available for your spouse and dependent minor children. Your spouse will be automatically granted the “Passeport Talent – Family” residence permit, giving him/her the same authorization to live and work in France as you. In my course I show how Harsh stayed in France with his family on the French entrepreneur visa.

Dependent children under the age of 18 do NOT need a residence permit. However, an underage child travel document (‘document de circulation pour étranger mineur’ – DCEM) must be obtained at your local Préfecture after your arrival in France. Children who enter France under the age of 18, but who turn 18 during their stay must apply for a “Passeport Talent – Family” residence permit in the year they turn 18.

What documents will I require for all this?

In order to benefit from the accelerated procedure, you will need to provide your acceptance letter from the French Tech Mission in addition to the documents required to apply for a “Passeport Talent” residence permit for a business investor.

You can obtain the list of documents required for the “Passeport Talent” from the authority responsible for handling your application. Contact the French Consulate or Prefecture to obtain a list of required documents.

To give you an idea of the type of documents you will need, you can download this list of documents for an application for a ‘Passeport Talent’ residence permit for a business investor. This list is provided for informational purposes only. Make sure you contact the consular, diplomatic or prefectural authority that will be handling your application to obtain a list of required documents appropriate to your personal circumstances.

How much does this cost?

The long-stay visa authorizing you to enter France costs €99 (payable at the French Consulate prior to your arrival in France). Once you are in France, you must pay a tax of €200 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 €25. These payments are to be made when you pick up your residence permit at your Prefecture in France. If you add it up, the total cost for the long-stay visa plus the residence permit: €368

You can check out my course here on how to apply for the French entrepreneur visa, showing example supporting documents and business plans.

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