There is no doubt that COVID-19 has impacted our world in many different ways. However, the pandemic changed the workforce forever. Besides, it created many new opportunities, especially for the digital nomad.
Now, more than ever, people are moving away from office-based jobs to work remotely. This allows them to choose where to live based on personal preferences rather than only their employer. Although there is no so-called Digital Nomad Visa in France, different options are available for digital nomads wanting to relocate to this beautiful country. Who does not dream about working in front of the Eiffel Tower while eating a delicious croissant?
How long can I stay in France as a digital nomad?
As a citizen of the EU, EEA or Switzerland, you are entitled to free movement between the EU countries. Luckily, you can work remotely as a digital nomad in any country in the EU. However, after 3 months of remote work in a new EU country we recommend your employer registers you locally.
Because of the Schengen agreement, most non-EU citizens can travel to European countries, like France, for up to 90 days visa-free.
If you are a non-EU, non-EEA or non-Swiss citizen, do not worry: you can still apply for a long-stay visa in order to live under the French sun, close to the Mediterranean, mountains, or whatever beautiful landscape France has to offer.
What is the long stay visa?
The long stay visa allows non-EU nationals to come to France for longer than 90 days. There are a few different options that allow you to work as a digital nomad and stay in France. You get to settle and enjoy the most emblematic places like the Eiffel Tower, Arc du Triomphe, Calanques de Marseille and the Bordeaux vineyards. It is up to you where you want to start your adventure.
So what are your options? The three following visas fall under the category of long-stay visas and are unique to different situations.
The Entrepreneurs’ Visa: How can I be self-employed in France?
As a digital nomad, you can apply for a “profession libérale” visa. This option is meant for those who are interested in participating in or creating economic activities in a liberal, artisanal, agricultural or commercial profession. Bring your economic activity to France and explore our markets, whether you design your own jewellery or want to teach English.
This visa is valid for up to one year if you apply for the visa validation within 15 days of arrival to France. Do not miss your chance!
Your business will need to be approved by the French government. In addition, all supporting documentation must be submitted and approved before obtaining the visa. Maybe some assistance would help you going through the whole process!
The Talent Passport
The talent passport visa is perfect for the digital nomad looking to start a business in France and aim to invest at least 30,000 EUR on it. This visa can lead to a 4-year residence permit and will make bringing your family with you easier. It means 4 years of stable residency in beautiful France, with your favorite people living close to you… After this period, maybe you would like to stay 1 more year and apply for French citizenship? It is possible!
The EU Blue Card Visa: How can I work remotely for a company based in another country?
If you are a digital nomad, you are in luck! The inter-company transfer passport visa and EU blue card will allow you to continue working for your previous company while enjoying the French quality of life. Tech has changed everybody’s way of working, and France encourages changes. Maybe it is the right path for you?
Does the working holiday visa exist for the digital nomad in France?
The last but not least visa to mention in this group is the working holiday visa. This is great for those who only want to live in France for a year without the intention of establishing residency after. It is especially aimed for young people between the ages of 18 and 30/35 who wish to go and experience a whole new culture for one year as a digital nomad. The Working Holiday Visa is often an extraordinary way of fulfilling this desire. It will permit working for most non-EU nationals.
The WHV opens the doors to new horizons and represents a wonderful opportunity to immerse yourself in the heart of different cultures, whose daily life will surprise you day after day! From beaches of the Côte d’Azur, to the breathtaking Champagne landscapes, or an adventure on Mont Blanc, filled with extreme sports.
In conclusion, it does not exist a “digital nomad” visa for France. However, a panel of different options allows you to work remotely from this beautiful country. Our lawyers at Lexidy France would be more than happy to explore the many opportunities available to you!