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France 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.

The scheme, which launched in 2016, was set up to attract foreign tech talents to France with the French Tech Ticket. The French Tech Ticket is a 12-month seed accelerator program set up for international entrepreneurs who want to build a startup in Europe.

The French Tech Visa is part of this scheme. It is open to foreign startup and scale-up founders and employees, foreign talents joining a French startup or scale-up, foreign investors and business angels.

If successful, the visa is valid for four years on a renewable basis, it covers the spouse of the main applicant and no work permit is required for any work performed as an employee.

Within the Tech Ticket, selected entrepreneurs and projects will work in one of 41 French partner incubators, which will provide mentorship to help with fundraising, expert advice and pitch practice.

Source: Wired UK