To come to France as a self-employed worker, you must either obtain a multiyear “entrepreneur/liberal profession” residence permit card, a multiyear “passport talent” residence permit with the mention “business founder”, or a multiyear “passport talent” residence permit with the mention “innovative project recognised by a public entity”.
If you want to set up a new business in France, you must be able to demonstrate the economic viability of your project. If you want to set up an innovative business, you must be able to prove its innovative nature as well.
If you want to work in a liberal profession or in an activity that has already been created, you must be able to prove that you have sufficient financial resources i.e. the equivalent to the minimum legal wage in France for a full-time worker representing 18,254.54 EUR gross per year as of 1 January 2019 ( - Salaire minimum interprofessionnel de croissance);
If your company’s activity or the liberal profession you are engaged in is subject to specific regulations, you must meet the requirements in terms of qualifications/diplomas as well as any other conditions.
Where and how to apply
If you meet the requirements and plan on staying in France for 12 months or less, the Embassy or Consulate will grant you a long-stay visa equivalent to a residence permit bearing the mention corresponding to your situation, valid for 12 months.
Two months before the end of your visa, you will then have to go to the prefecture to either renew your VLS-TS or to apply for a multiyear residence permit corresponding to the mention of your visa and your situation.
If you meet the requirements and plan on staying in France for at least 12 months, The Embassy or Consulate can also grant you a long-stay visa bearing the mention corresponding to your situation, valid for 3 months.
Within the three months of your arrival in France, you have to apply for a multiyear residence permit corresponding to the mention of your visa and your situation.
The prefect will inform you of the decision in writing as soon as possible and no later than 60 days from the date of the application being made. If there is no decision, the application is approved.
Required documents may vary depending on the type of project and financial resources related to this project.
The residence permit “entrepreneur/liberal profession”
The “passport talent” with the mention “business founder”
The “passport talent” with the mention “innovative project recognised by a public entity”
To prove the innovative nature of your project, you must fulfil on of these conditions:
The applicable fee for each permit is 269 EUR.
|Duration of validity of permits
The multiyear residence permit “entrepreneur/liberal profession”, the “passport talent” with the mention “innovative project recognised by a public entity” and the “passport talent” with the mention “founding a business” are valid for a period of 4 years and renewable.
You can appeal a refusal of a French entry visa to the Commission for Appeals Against Visa Application Refusals within two months of the date of notification of the decision.
If the Commission rejects the appeal, or if, despite the positive opinion of the Commission, ministers confirm the visa refusal, you may, within two months, submit a request for annulment before the Administrative Court of Nantes, which is responsible in the first instance for litigation on visa refusal. An administrative appeal may also be submitted to the Minister of Foreign Affairs.
Refusal of residence permits may be appealed before the prefect, a hierarchical appeal may be made to the Minister in charge of immigration or an administrative appeal may be made to the Administrative Tribunal of competent jurisdiction, within two months of notification of the decision.
You need to register your business with the relevant registration office as soon as you arrive in France.
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