Entrepreneur Visa France

If you are an entrepreneur from Canada who wants to set up a new business in France, you must apply for the France Entrepreneur Visa. With this visa type, you can work in France for a couple of years and set up your business in the French market.

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    Overview of the France Entrepreneur Visa

    The France Entrepreneur Visa also called the Profession Liberale Visa, is for the self-employed and entrepreneurs looking to establish and grow their companies in France. It allows global entrepreneurs to improve France’s economic climate while allowing them to reside there and become part of the country’s business community.

    It is a temporary residence permit valid for one year, with the possibility of renewal. When visa holders wish to extend their stay, they must meet the requirements for eligibility, such as ensuring the company’s financial stability and compliance with French safety regulations.

    This visa can lead to citizenship and permanent residence if certain requirements are met. Canadians can also use it to obtain French citizenship.

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      French Entrepreneur Visa Requirements For Canadian Citizens

      The requirements for the France Entrepreneur Visa are

      • Completed Cerfa form (long-stay visa application form)
      • Passport valid for at least three months beyond the visa expiry date.
      • Three recent passport-style photos
      • Clean criminal history record
      • Evidence of ability to carry out the proposed business activity.

      If starting a new business, you will  be required to provide the following:

      • Project presentation detailing your business idea and its purpose.
      • An innovative business project outlining your business strategy, including marketing, operations, and financial projections.
      • A multi-year budget showing a comprehensive financial plan for your business
      • Evidence of having access to financial funds, eg a letter of assurance from a French financial institution or a French bank statement

      The following is required if you are applying for a change of status while living in France:

      • Valid passport
      • Residence permit or visa
      • Proof of address
      • Passport photos
      • Tax and fees
      • Medical certificate

      All documents need to be submitted for your self-employment visa to be approved. Total Law can check your documents to ensure that your documents are well-organised and up-to-date. Call us on +1 844 290 6312 for immediate assistance.

      Eligibility Criteria For France Entrepreneur Visa

      To be eligible for the France Entrepreneurship Visa, the entrepreneur must show that their business is economically viable, to generate an income of at least the minimum wage of €21,203.00, if they join an already-existing company, it must comply with French laws of public health, safety and order.

      France Entrepreneur Visa Application Process

      The procedure for applying for an Entrepreneur visa varies based on whether you are in  Canada or already a resident of France. If you do not currently reside in France, you must apply for an “Entrepreneur/Independent professional” long-stay visa (VLS -TS).

      This visa enables you to live and work legally in France and serves as a temporary residence permit. You must apply for this kind of visa at the French consulate or embassy located in Canada.

      If approved, you will receive the visa and be allowed to enter France. Once you are in France, the visa must be verified via the “Administration etrangers en France” site within three months after arrival.

      Those already living in France need to apply for a status change to the Prefecture.  You will be granted an “Entrepreneur/Independent Professional” residency permit if your application for a status change is approved.

      The application procedure must begin for candidates living in Canada within three months of the planned arrival date. If you live in France, you must submit your application no later than two months before your current residency permit expires.

      France Entrepreneur Visa Validity & Renewal

      Applications for renewals must be submitted no later than two months before the expiration of the resident permit.  Documentation confirming your continued compliance with the permit’s requirements is required.

      When applying for a renewal of an Entrepreneur/Self-employed residence permit with the Prefecture, you must show that you are still meeting the eligibility requirements. Additionally, as a company’s founder, you must certify that the business is still in operation and that it has resources generated from it that are equal to the SMIC (minimum wage).

      Following the expiration of the initial residence permit, a change of status can be considered if your professional circumstances change.

      You can apply for a residency permit, which allows you to remain and work in France for any paid employment after five years of continuous and regular residence (if you meet the requirements for regulated professions). Residence permits are issued with a ten-year renewable term.

      The renewal process could be challenging. However, we can help you by making the process a seamless one. Call one of the Tota Law team on  +1 844 290 6312 for assistance.

      Bringing Family With You On The Entrepreneur Visa

      Although family reunification permits entrepreneurs to move with their partner and any minor children to France, this choice is only open to you once you have lived there for at least 18 months.

      Therefore you cannot bring them while you are on your initial entry visa. You also need to show that you have enough funds and can provide a place to live.

      The entrepreneur has to apply at the Préfecture to begin the family reunion procedure. This can be a time-consuming process that needs much documentation, so it is important to start well before the family’s planned move. Before approval, the Préfecture will examine the family status, standard of living, and resources.

      After receiving a visa to enter France, family members can then apply for a residence permit if their application gets approved. With this permit, they may be able to live, study and work in France.

      Costs Associated With Obtaining the Entrepreneur Visa Residence Permit in France

      Entrepreneur Visa France applicants and Self-employed Visa France applicants must pay a fee of €200 to OFII and a stamp duty of €25.  The temporary residence permit that allows acceptance into France costs €99 plus €225 administrative fee.

      You may also to cover additional costs when applying, especially if your documents need to be translated and certified.

      Contact Total Law on +1 844 290 6312 to learn more about the cost of this visa fees and how we can assist you in speeding up your application.

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        How to Get Permanent Residence

        If your application for visa renewal is approved and you satisfy the requirements, you will be given a four-year visa extension.

        After five years of continuous residency, you can apply for a Long-Term Residence CE card, which is the same as Permanent Residence. The initial eligibility requirements, sufficient financial and housing resources, and full health care coverage must still be met. You must also fulfil the criteria for being able to speak French and integrate into the local community.

        This residence card is valid for ten years and can be renewed indefinitely. After three years of continuous residency, your dependents may also appeal for permanent residence and, eventually French citizenship.

        How Our Team Can Help You

        Total Law offers competent support to individuals seeking the necessary visas for France. Whether you need assistance with the application process or need your visa renewed, our knowledgeable staff is ready to help.

        Although fully understanding the entire procedure can be challenging, Total Law offers comprehensive support for both the application and renewal stages. Our team has great expertise in applying for French visas because France is an excellent destination to do business.

        At Total Law, our professionals are dedicated to helping you obtain the required visa approvals and ensure a seamless and successful process. Call us at +1 844 290 6312 for additional information about your visa chances and the required documentation.

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