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Work Search/ Business Creation Visa for France

There’s a handful of ways for recent graduates or entrepreneurs to legally reside in France with a Job Search/Business Creation visa. Our immigration lawyers will guide you through the process step-by-step.

How can a lawyer help me?

We are here to assist you through the whole process. Our lawyers start by providing you with the complete list of the documents you will need to gather in order to submit your application. You will only have to gather the documents that we request. We will review the documents for you and complete any forms, including those in French on your behalf. Working with us saves you time and money.


We provide a quality service where you can easily contact us throughout the application process. We are here to answer any questions and aim to do so within 24 hours. Our lawyers are dedicated to supporting you in every step of the process towards living and studying in France.


¨We will be with you each step of the journey.¨


What is a Job Search/ Business Creation Visa for France?

A Job Search/Business Creation Visa will allow you to stay in France for up to 12 months in order to seek employment or to set up a company. It’s designed for recent graduates in France to have time to look for employment or launch their own business.

Who is eligible for a Job Search/Business Creation Visa for France?

To qualify for a Job Search/Business Creation Visa, the applicant must have resided and studied in France on a Student residence Permit. They must also have obtained a master’s level of education.

Researchers who completed their projects in France under a Talent Passport Residence Permit also qualify for this visa.

Process of getting a Job Search/Business Creation Visa for France


If the applicant left France after having obtained their diploma or degree in that country, they would need to submit their application for a Job Search/Business Creation Visa at the French consulate in their home country or country of residence within a maximum of four years after obtaining the diploma. To file an application, the applicant must show proof that they previously held a valid Student residence permit when they graduated. 

If the applicant recently graduated or completed their research is still in France, the application would need to be submitted at the prefecture.

If you have found a job while under the Job Search/Business Creation residence permit, you do not need to wait for it to expire in order to convert your status. You can apply for a new residence permit as an employee. The salary must be at least €2,404.67 gross per month.

If you have created a business or started self-employed work while holding a Job Search/Business Creation residence permit, you do not need to wait for it to expire in order to convert your status. You can apply for a new residence permit as an entrepreneur, freelancer or a Talent passport – business creation residence permit.


The Job Search/Business Creation residence permit is not renewable.

About Our Immigration Department

Our department is stocked with dedicated and highly-qualified legal experts who have been trained to understand and navigate the complex world of immigration law. Everyday we work with new and existing clients to turn their hopes and dreams into something that they can hold. It’s real and it’s our passion. We view Lexidy as a way of life and there’s nothing more thrilling than the satisfaction of delivering what truly matters to people – results. In our world, results are happiness, reunions and adventure with a successful immigration process. Let us help you achieve your goals and dreams now.

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Eleonore Tavares
External collaborator

Eléonore Tavares de Pinho

Yuliana Colorado
External collaborator

Yuliana Colorado

External collaborator

Eléonore Tavares de Pinho

Born in Senegal to Belgian-Portuguese parents and having lived for several years in various countries, Eléonore quickly became passionate about Immigration legislation. She graduated from the University of la Sorbonne and the University of Florence and obtained a five-year dual degree in Italian and French Law. As an attorney, she chose to work in Immigration Law in order to have real action on the field and help people fulfill their projects.  Deeply convinced that digital technologies can make law and legal services simpler and impact people’s lives in a positive way, Eléonore will always be looking for the most efficient way to meet your needs.

External collaborator

Yuliana Colorado

Born in Colombia and migrated to France very young, her experience led her to studying international private and commercial law and helping international clients, people and companies, implement in France. In cooperation with the Tax department, she advises companies on immigration, employment and mobility matters such as hiring international profiles, outsourcing to foreign companies in France, or deploying teams abroad. Admitted to the Paris and Madrid Bars, Yuliana has developed specific expertise in managing global mobility and professional immigration of her clients in France and Spain, both companies and individuals. Yuliana speaks French, Spanish, English and Italian.

French services are provided in the context of a collaboration between Lexidy and Ms Eleonore TAVARES, a lawyer registered in France.

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