Whether you love picturesque villages, feel at home on a hilly countryside or a bustling metropolis is your scene, France has got your back. With magnificent cuisine, the EU’s third highest GDP and basically an entire continent at your doorstep this country has got a great deal to offer.
With many benefits for those seeking new opportunities France isn’t just a great location to live but also a fantastic place to work. In fact, it’s one of the world’s leading countries when it comes to enabling entrepreneurs to start a business. The process for starting a business is simple and efficient and has lead to many expats taking the plunge.
But working for a firm also has its perks. Many employers will set you up with health insurance or offer a collective plan that will save you money. In 2000 France adopted the 35-hour work week and although securing a permanent contract may not be the easiest thing, once hired, working conditions are generally excellent.
Many young French leave the country to explore the world, which leaves vacancies for qualified workers from abroad. With an ever growing demand for English-speaking immigrants, there are plenty of opportunities.
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:
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 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.
Study Visa options can be found here
The passport for France allows you to travel to 161 countries without a visa.
Its global rank is 5.