France Investor Visa (Talent Passport)

Those looking to settle in France who have the necessary business acumen and resources to invest into French businesses may settle in the country through the ‘Talent Passport Business Investor’. This specific residence permit is designed for those investing to benefit the French economy.

Total Law specialises in immigration law and helps foreign nationals apply for and appeal visas to work, live and study in France. Call our team today for advice on your Talent Passport application on +1 844 290 6312.

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    France Investor Visa: Overview

    Also known as the ‘Angel Visa’, or occasionally the ‘Golden Visa’, the French Investor Visa is designed to entice business investors into France in order to boost their industries and economies.

    This Talent Passport is suited best to those who would likely or definitely make an investment into a French company anyway, and would like to enter France with the goal of living there. Whether or not they choose to make further investments in the tech ecosystem is irrelevant, as once the investment has been made they need not invest any further.

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    Requirements & Eligibility Of The France Investor Visa

    To be eligible for the ‘Talent Passport Business Investor’ visa, the applicant must fulfil certain criteria in order to be eligible. To qualify for one of these residence permits, the applicant must:

    • Be aged 18 or over
    • Not hold citizenship of a European Union (EU) or European Economic Area (EEA) state, or be Swiss
    • Be able to prove that they hold a clean criminal record in both France and their home country
    • Be able to demonstrate that they hold sufficient financial means both to make the investment required for the residency permit and to live in France without reliance upon state benefits.

    The initial investment which qualifies the foreign national for the ‘Talent Passport Business Investor’ must also meet set criteria. This includes:

    • The figure being invested must total a minimum of €300,000 in fixed tangible or intangible assets
    • The investment must directly or indirectly create or protect jobs (or commit to do so) for at least four years after the investment, in order to help protect levels of employment in France
    • The investment must be made personally; via a company under the applicant’s control; or via a company in which the applicant holds at least a 30% shareholding
    • The investment must not be exclusively financial but can include reinvested earnings, loans between affiliated companies or share capital investments.

    Supporting Documents To Be Supplied For The French Investor Visa

    Alongside a completed application form, the Talent Passport applicant must supply a variety of supporting documents to prove their authenticity and capability.

    At any time during the processing period, French immigration authorities may request further documents but as standard, the following should be submitted:

    • A valid passport from the foreign nationals’ home country; issued within the last 10 years and expiring no sooner than three months after the intended tech visa expiry date
    • Three recent passport photos
    • Evidence of the applicant’s ownership of or stake in a company
    • Documents demonstrating the creation or protection of (or commitment to) jobs within a four-year period after the investment is made to protect levels of employment in France
    • Documents (usually bank statements) demonstrating sufficient financial means for the applicant to live in France without reliance on state benefits
    • Proof of the investment made or the commitment to invest in a relevant and qualifying business
    • (Where the applicant is already in France) Existing visa documentation
    • (Where the applicant is already in France) Proof of address in France
    • (Where the applicant is already in France) Proof of tax paid in France.

    Investor Visa Application Fees

    The main financial obligation for this class of French tech visa is, of course, the minimum €300,000 investment. However, there are other fees for which the applicant is responsible. These include:

    • A tax of €200 directly the to the Office Francais de l’Immigration et de l’Integration (OFII), payable when the residence permit is issued
    • A stamp duty tax of €25, payable when the residence permit is issued
    • A €99 one-off fee for the long stay visa to allow entry to France
    • Any indirect costs associated with the application, including photocopying costs, administrative fees and postage costs.

    Where an applicant attends an in-person interview for a French tech visa at their local Embassy or Consulate, there may be the requirement for biometric data collection. This sometimes incurs a fee but is dependent on the French immigration authorities’ location and requirements.

    All costs are the responsibility of the applicant and are non-refundable. It is expected that given the heavy financial investment required for this visa class that their personal situation allows for the swift payment of such sums.

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      How To Apply for The France Investor Visa: Step By Step Process

      To apply for a Talent Passport long stay visa and residence permit, there are several steps applicants must follow. Every visa journey is different but the following is the standard process:

      Seek specialist legal guidance

      Immigration law can be complex and so it is always recommended that Talent Passport applicants seek specialist guidance for the process. Total Law’s team of lawyers guide individuals and businesses through this process to ensure their best chances of application success and are contactable on +1 844 290 6312 for a free, no-obligation chat.

      Compile supporting documentation

      All supporting documents to demonstrate the foreign investors’ eligibility and capability need to be compiled ahead of the visa application so that they may be submitted along with the application.

      Submit visa application

      The application, along with the accompanying details, is submitted at the applicant’s local French Consulate. This process is completed at a pre-arranged appointment and at this appointment French authorities may request biometric data along with the standard application information.

      Receive a visa decision

      This visa class is subject to fast-track processing as the French Government want to do all they can to encourage investment. The processing period for Talent Passports is usually within two months. If the Passeport Talent is declined, there may be recourse for appeal.

      Arrive in France

      Successful applicants will receive a Talent Passport valid for one year from the date of issue. Arrival in France by the applicant must be within a three-month period following its issue, and once present in the country, the visa holder is free to start work within the business they have invested in (or another, as appropriate) right away.

      Request residence permit

      The residence permits to grant the legal right to reside in France must be requested within the three month period that the visa is valid for. This permit, usually in the form of a card, can be requested online in some territories but can usually be granted at an in-person interview at the local prefecture (Police HQ). Once issued, a French residence card is valid for four years.

      Extend stay as required

      If the visa holder wishes to extend their stay in France past the standard one-year period for which it is valid, they may do so by applying to the local prefecture for an extension of their long stay visa. The visa holder will have to prove that they continue to meet the eligibility requirements of the visa.

      Validity Period of The France Investor Visa
      The initial duration of the French Investor Visa is one year. This period is considered sufficient for the business investment to have been made and the initial work around it completed.

      After this first year, the visa holder may renew the visa providing they continue to meet the eligibility criteria of its conditions.

      Renewals may be made up to a total period of four years, which is also how long the standard French residency permit lasts for. Any extension must be applied for at least two months prior to the expiry of the current visa so that arrangements may be made to leave the country in the case of a refusal.

      If the investment is considered to have failed and the business is no longer on track to maintain job levels, any renewal of the Talent Passport is unlikely to be granted.

      If the project which the investment contributed to is considered complete, the visa holder will need to present proof of a new investment made which adheres to the eligibility criteria.

      Validity Period of The France Investor Visa

      The initial duration of the French Investor Visa is one year. This period is considered sufficient for the business investment to have been made and the initial work around it completed.

      After this first year, the visa holder may renew the visa providing they continue to meet the eligibility criteria of its conditions.

      Renewals may be made up to a total period of four years, which is also how long the standard French residency permit lasts for. Any extension must be applied for at least two months prior to the expiry of the current visa so that arrangements may be made to leave the country in the case of a refusal.

      If the investment is considered to have failed and the business is no longer on track to maintain job levels, any renewal of the Talent Passport is unlikely to be granted.

      If the project which the investment contributed to is considered complete, the visa holder will need to present proof of a new investment made which adheres to the eligibility criteria.

      Possibilities To Change Status Of the France Investor Visa

      If a visa holder finds that their circumstances change while they’re in France, they may apply for a change of status under the Talent Passport they hold.

      This is done through a dedicated online portal, but the individual must ensure that they meet the criteria for another class of visa in order to be granted another and to stay resident in the country. The local prefecture will be able to provide guidance on the requirements for the varying residence permit types that they offer.

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        Taking Family With You Under A Talent Visa

        French Investor Visas include accompanying family provisions for the spouse and any dependent children of the holder. In the case of a family travelling with the visa holder to live in France with them, the spouse should file an application for an extension of their partner’s residence permit. This authorises them and their dependents to live, work and study in France for as longer as their partner’s investment-based permit is valid.

        Proof of the family’s relationship is required, and the spouse may be required to demonstrate that they too have sufficient financial means to live in France and support their children in France without reliance on any state benefits. All family members will need to hold sufficient health insurance for the duration of their stay.

        Accompanying family residency permits cost €225 for a spouse and €99 per accompanying family member there after.

        How Total Law Can Help

        The nature of entry to the Talent Passport program for investors is that it’s expensive, so acceptance of the visa is critical. Total Law’s team of specialist lawyers help overseas investors navigate the application process and maximise their chances of success by ensuring that their investment meets the relevant requirements, that all supporting documentation is supplied and that the French authorities look upon everything favourably.

        The North American Total Law office is contactable on +1 844 290 6312 for advice, support and consultation throughout the visa application or appeal process.

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                  Frequently Asked Questions

                  Historically, there was a visa class for foreign investors to buy property in France and to qualify for residency as a result. However, this investor visa no longer exists.

                  If a foreign investor is successful in receiving an Investor Talent Passport and goes on to reside in France for a period of five years or more, they may meet the criteria to apply for citizenship. However, citizenship is granted based on each case’s merits and not automatically as a result of financial means.

                  There is one Embassy of France in Canada, in Ottawa, but all visa matters are dealt with through Consulates. French Consulates can be found in Toronto, Vancouver and Montreal.

                  There is currently no language requirement to be met for applicants to the Talent Passport program for investors, no for their accompanying family members.