Obtain Residency in France

Moving to France involves a series of steps to consider, among which the application for a residence permit, depending on the length of stay. A temporary or permanent residence permit in France can be issued in this case, a matter where our French immigration lawyers can provide support and legal advice on request. Our team can also handle the formalities for obtaining a visa for France, so you can address your inquiries at any time.

Who needs a residence permit in France?

While EU, EEA and Swiss citizens can live in France without a residence permit, but registered with the authorities if they want to stay in this country for more than just 6 months, things change for non-EU individuals because they need to obtain such document. Here are some types of residence permits for foreigners wanting to live in France:

  • Carte de Sejour – This document is issued for persons with a long-stay visa for France by the prefecture or sub-prefecture of the city you live in.
  •  Carte de Resident – This is issued by the same authorities and it is directed to spouses of French citizens, to foreigners retired in France, and to parents of French-born children.
  • The EU Blue card – this is required for non-EU citizens to enter and remain in France for up to 3 years if engaged in paid activities.
  • Certificate of Residence for Algerians – this document can have validity for one year or 10 years if family members live in France.

The Carte de Sejour can change into a Carte de Resident if you have renewed the first permit for a couple of years. The Office Francais de l’immigration et de L’integration is the institution that accepts the residence permits applications. You can start the procedures before you arrive in France or you can apply for a residence permit as soon as you moved to France. In any case, one of our French immigration lawyers will provide legal assistance and guidance if you want to obtain a residence permit in France.

What documents do I need for a French residence permit?

Besides the valid passport with a long-stay visa on (VLS-TS), you will need a copy of the birth certificate, proof of residence in France, a copy of the employment contract, some bank statements for the past 6 months, medical insurance, the marriage certificate, and 2 photos. We also mention that all documents must be translated into French, but the entire formalities for residence permit applications can be handled by our immigration lawyers in France. We are at your disposal if you are interested in relocating to France.

Short details about the long-stay visa for France

The long-stay visa for France or the VLS-TS is required for foreign spouses of French citizens, foreign students, workers, trainees, temporary workers, or tourists with enough personal funds to support the living in this country. The applications for a long-stay visa for France can be made via email by submitting all the necessary documents. This is where our immigration lawyers in France can intervene with complete legal advice and guidance in terms of documents and applications. We work closely with the authorities in charge, so feel free to address your requests to our team of advisors and ask for support.

We can also provide assistance for those who have already lived in the country for a number of years and are ready to apply for French citizenship.

Do I need a residence permit if I relocate my company to France?

Yes, the process of company relocation also involves the applications for visas and residence permits for France. Foreign entrepreneurs interested in company relocation in France will have to de-register the business in the country of origin and then prepare all the documents for incorporation of the business in France at the time of relocation. Meanwhile, one must observe the regulations for obtaining a residence permit for France. Foreign investors who want to relocate the company to France can talk to one of our French immigration lawyers and find out more about this process.

Why relocate to France

Moving to France is a decision based on a series of aspects, like wanting to benefit from great standards of living, an excellent medical and education system, varied business opportunities, a stable and solid economy, a skilled workforce, and many more. Many international investors already enjoy the benefits of a highly appreciated business climate in France. Here are some facts and figures about the French business and economic direction:

  1.  around 825,000 million was the total FDI stock for France in 2018;
  2.  according to the 2020 Doing Business report issued by the World Bank, the franc ranks 32nd out of 190 economies in the world;
  3.  more than 50% of the total FDI stock in France come from countries like the UK, Switzerland, the Netherlands, and Luxembourg;
  4.  most of the multinational companies are found in the Paris region.

If you would like to obtain residency or French citizenship, we kindly invite you to contact our team of immigration lawyers in France.