Long-stay visa "businessperson’s identity card"

Long-stay visa "businessperson’s identity card"

1. Long-stay visa for carrying on a commercial/ industrial activity or handicrafts production along with the establishment of a company

Who is this visa for?
This visa concerns foreigners who wish to live in France for more than three months for carrying on a commercial/ industrial activity or handicrafts production in a company or activity that they wish to establish.

The nationals of the following States are not concerned as they come under specific mechanisms provided for in international agreements to which France is a contracting party:
- nationals of European Union Member States, the European Economic Area, and Switzerland;
- nationals of Monaco and Saint Marin;
- nationals of Algeria.

List of supporting documents to be submitted:
A- General documents:
(The originals must be furnished along with two copies of each document, which must be in the following order. The Visa Section will return the originals to you)

1. An ordinary passport or other recognised travel document valid for at least three months from the expiry date of the visa applied for. This document must have at least two fresh pages. Copies of the first (bearing the identification photograph) and the last pages must be submitted along with this.

2. A long-stay visa application form duly filled and signed by the applicant.

3. Two recent photographs of the applicant. Please check photograph specifications here.

4. If you are a foreigner residing in India: copy of the residence permit in India.

5. The formulaire CERFA n°13473*01 form duly filled and signed.

6. Extract from police records.

7. An affidavit of non-conviction in the countries in which you have resided over the past ten years.

8. An affidavit to the effect that you have not filed for bankruptcy in your country of origin and the countries in which you have resided over the past ten years.

9. An income tax return if you have resided in France in the past ten years. A tax return statement (“bordereau de situation fiscale”) issued by the departmental public finance directorate (direction départementale des finances publiques - formerly trésorerie) where you have filed your taxes during your stay in France.

10. If applicable, proof of your ability to exercise the planned commercial/industrial activity or handicrafts production (Curriculum vitae, attestation of employment for previously held job, copies of degrees/diplomas, etc.)

B.1 For carrying on an activity in your own name:
- Presentation of the project on plain paper along with the provisional multiannual budget.
- Letter of Undertaking from an approved credit institution or insurance firm with registered offices in France acting as guarantor for the applicant or an attestation of credit balance on an account in the applicant’s name opened in a credit institution with registered offices in France.

 B.1.1. In case of instituting an activity:
- Undertaking to issue a commercial lease mentioning the activity involved or the sub-leasing contract mentioning the activity involved, and eventually the lessor’s permission for using the premises in which the activity will be carried on.
- If applicable, the domiciliation contract.

 B.1.2. In case of acquiring a business establishment:
- Undertaking or contract for the sale of the business.

 B.1.3. In case of leasing a business establishment:
- Undertaking or contract for the lease of the business establishment.
- Copy of the registration of the previous owner-manager of the business establishment in the companies’ register (“registre du commerce et des sociétés”) or the trades and crafts directory (“répertoire des metiers”) dating back to less than three months.
- The lease in the name of the business proprietor.

B.2 To carry on an activity in a company:
- Presentation of the project on plain paper along with the provisional multiannual budget.
- Letter of Undertaking from an approved credit institution or insurance firm with registered offices in France acting as guarantor for the applicant or an attestation of credit balance on an account in the applicant’s name opened in a credit institution with registered offices in France.

 B.2.1. In case of instituting an activity in a company:
- Undertaking to issue a commercial lease mentioning the activity involved or the sub-leasing contract mentioning the activity involved, and eventually the lessor’s permission for using the premises in which the activity will be carried on.
- The draft statutes of the company mentioning the planned ownership of capital.

 B.2.2. In case of establishing a company under French laws, subsidiary of a foreign company:
- Proof of appointment or Letter of Intent from the competent section.
- Statutes of the legal entity under foreign law and the balance sheets for the past two financial years, or an attestation from a bank of the country where the registered offices are located to the effect that a bank account exists in the name of the legal entity.
- Undertaking to issue a commercial lease mentioning the activity involved or the sub-leasing contract mentioning the activity involved, and eventually the lessor’s permission for using the premises in which the activity will be carried on.
- The draft statutes of the company mentioning the planned ownership of capital.

 B.2.3. In case of founding an establishment of a foreign legal entity:
- Proof of appointment or Letter of Intent from the competent section.
- Statutes of the legal entity under foreign law and the balance sheets for the past two financial years, or an attestation from a bank of the country where the registered offices are located to the effect that a bank account exists in the name of the legal entity.

2. Long-stay visa for carrying on a commercial/ industrial activity or handicrafts production under an already existing company or activity

Who is this visa for?
This visa concerns foreigners who wish to live in France for more than three months for carrying on a commercial/ industrial activity or handicrafts production in an existing company.

The nationals of the following States are not concerned as they come under specific mechanisms provided for in international agreements to which France is a contracting party:
- nationals of European Union Member States, the European Economic Area, and Switzerland;
- nationals of Monaco and Saint Marin;
- nationals of Algeria.

List of supporting documents to be submitted:
A- General documents:
(The originals must be furnished along with two copies of each document, which must be in the following order. The Visa Section will return the originals to you)

1. An ordinary passport or other recognised travel document valid for at least three months from the expiry date of the visa applied for. This document must have at least two fresh pages. Copies of the first (bearing the identification photograph) and the last pages must be submitted along with this.

2. A long-stay visa application form duly filled and signed by the applicant.

3. Two recent photographs of the applicant. Please check photograph specifications here.

4. If you are a foreigner residing in India: copy of the residence permit in India.

5. The formulaire CERFA n°13473*01 form duly filled and signed.

6. Extract from police records.

7. An affidavit of non-conviction in the countries in which you have resided over the past ten years.

8. An affidavit to the effect that you have not filed for bankruptcy in your country of origin and the countries in which you have resided over the past ten years.

9. An income tax return if you have resided in France in the past ten years. A tax return statement (“bordereau de situation fiscale”) issued by the departmental public finance directorate (direction départementale des finances publiques - formerly trésorerie) where you have filed your taxes during your stay in France.

10. If applicable, proof of your ability to exercise the planned commercial/industrial activity or handicrafts production (Curriculum vitae, attestation of employment for previously held job, copies of degrees/diplomas, etc.).

11. Proof of your appointment or Letter of Intent from the competent section.

12. Copy of the registration of the business establishment in the companies’ register (“registre du commerce et des sociétés”) or the trades and crafts directory (“répertoire des metiers”) dating back to less than three months, as applicable.

13. Statutes of the company, if applicable:

14. Tax return statement of the company (p. 237)

15. Attestation of regular payments issued by the URSSAF

16. If your status is that of a salaried worker: copy of your work contract

17. If your status is not that of a salaried worker: a certified document from an approved chartered accountant or management centre attesting to the salary received by your predecessor for the same post that you will occupy or by a person discharging the same duties as you in the company.

3. Practical information

1. Application submission: Embassy of France in New Delhi.

2. Originals to be furnished along with two copies of each document. The Visa Section will retain the photocopies and return the originals to you.

3. All the documents should be accompanied by their translations in French or English.

4. It is mandatory to submit all the required documents. The Visa Section reserves the right to request for further documents should it be considered so necessary.

5. Fees: The application processing fees are non-refundable.

6. Do not hesitate to contact Invest in France Agency in India for better preparing your project.

7. For further information on exercising a commercial activity in France, please check the French Commercial Code.

Last modified on 22/06/2014

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