Are you from Europe? Your EU citizenship will make it easy for you to live and work in France and if you’re from the European Economic Area, you’ll have no problem getting in either.
Here are some of the ways to live in France if you are a citizen of a non-EEA country:
Work or business related Visas or Startup Visas
The French Tech Visa, also known as the "Passeport Talent" ("Talent Passport"), is an expedited residency visa targeted at three categories of talent - startup founders, employees, and investors. It is valid for four years and extends to your immediate family permitting them to live and work freely in France. Here is further information on the three categories:
- If you have an economically innovative Startup project and financial resources at least equal to the French annual minimum wage (€17,800 in 2017), you could apply for the French Tech Visa. Your project will need approval from a French public organization called the Direccte.
- A number of French companies have been selected for their hyper-growth status. You can view these companies and vacant positions at these companies here. If you are successful for a role in one of these companies, have a graduate degree and an annual salary of at least double the French Minimum wage (€36,000 in 2017), you may apply for a French Tech Visa for employees.
- To qualify for a Business investor talent passport you must invest at least €300,000 in a company in which you have at least a 30% shareholding, own at least 10% of the company in which you are investing and create jobs within the fours years.
If you have a recognized university degree or professional experience as well as a work contract or binding job offer, you may be eligible for an "EU Blue Card". The Blue Card is a four-year temporary work and residence permit. This also gives you free movement within the Schengen area and enables your family to join you. If you do not have a work contract or job offer, you can register on the EU Blue Card Network, where European employers can view your details and connect with you around job opportunities. This is also where you apply for the EU Blue Card.
Click here to view other work related residency permits.
Through your Family
- If your spouse is a citizen or permanent resident of France, you are eligible for residency. Please note that your status of spouse needs to be legally recognised in this country.
- See the citizenship section below for more information on residency or citizenship based on your descent.
Working Holiday Visa
- If you are a citizen of Argentina, Australia, Canada, Chile,Colombia, Hong Kong, Japan, South Korea, New Zealand, Russia (4-months) and Taiwan between the ages of 18-30, you may be eligible to get a Working Holiday visa for a year.
Study visa options can be found here