Investment Visa Overview

France Residency & Citizenship options

France offers a variety of residency options for individuals looking to relocate. One option is to obtain a work visa, which allows holders to live and work in France for up to four years. Another option is to obtain a student visa, which allows holders to study in France for up to six months. Finally, France also offers a residence permit for those who wish to live in France permanently. This permit can be obtained through France's family reunification program or by meeting certain economic criteria.

Program 1
  • Name
    Passport Talent Visa - Entrepreneur
  • Description

    The France Passport Talent Entrepreneur Visa (or "PTE Visa") was created in order to attract highly skilled individuals and entrepreneurs to France. In order to be eligible for the visa, applicants must have an innovative project that they wish to set up in France. The visa allows holders to live and work in France for up to four years, and it also provides a path to permanent residency. The PTE Visa is a great option for highly skilled individuals who want to live and work in France. If you have an innovative project that you would like to set up in France, the PTE Visa may be the right option for you.

  • Requirements

    Invest at least €30,000 in a business venture in France.

  • Validity
    4 years, renewable for another 4 years
  • Investment Type
    Active
  • Avg. Processing Time
    4 months
  • Investment Amount
    30,000 EUR
  • Avg. Agent Fee
    N/A
  • Physical Presence Requirement
    181 days of the year
  • Can family be included?
    Yes
Program 2
  • Name
    Passport Talent - Innovator
  • Description

    The France Passport Talent Innovator visa is designed to attract skilled workers and entrepreneurs to France. The visa allows holders to live and work in France for up to four years, and also provides a path to permanent residency. To be eligible for the visa, applicants must have an innovative business idea or a proven track record of innovation in their field.

  • Requirements

    The applicant must justify an innovative economic project, and get recognized by a public body. No minimum investment amount but we use a base case of 5k.

  • Validity
    4 years, renewable for another 4 years
  • Investment Type
    Active
  • Processing Time
    4 months
  • Investment Amount
    $5,000
  • Avg. Agent Fee
    N/A
  • Physical Presence Requirement
    181 days of the year.
  • Can family be included?
    No
Program 3
  • Name
    Passport Talent Visa - Investor
  • Description

    France offers a Passport Talent Visa for those who wish to obtain France residency through investment. The France Passport Talent Visa Investor visa allows foreign investors to obtain France residence by investing in a French company and creating jobs in France.

  • Requirements

    Invest personally in a company in which you acquire a lasting interest (at least 10 percent of the capital) or invest via a company that you direct personally or in which you own at least 30 percent of the capital, AND create or save (or commit to create or save) employment within four years of investment in France (letter of commitment with annual job creation and foreign investment plan), AND make (or commit to make) an investment in tangible or intangible assets of at least EUR 300,000 in France.

  • Validity
    4 years, renewable for another 4 years
  • Investment Type
    Active
  • Processing Time
    4 months
  • Investment Amount
    300,000 EUR
  • Avg. Agent fee
    300,000 EUR
  • Physical Presence Requirement
    181 days of the year
  • Can family be included?
    Yes
Official Government Website
Passport Overview

According to the SovSpot Passport Ranking Index, the French passport is now ranked seventh. It allows anyone to travel to 190 countries without needing a visa. With a very high mobility score, it is regarded one of the most sought passports in the world. Visa-free travel and visas on arrival are available to holders of French passports in countries such as Brazil, Japan, the United Kingdom, the United Arab Emirates, and the United States, allowing for nearly rapid travel around the world. French passport holders, on the other hand, need a visa to visit around 39 countries throughout the world.

Passport Rank

7

Visa Free Countries

190

Mobility Stats
  • Dual Citizenship Allowed?
    Yes
  • Visa Free Destinations
    144
  • Visa on Arrival
    35
  • Visa Online
    11
  • Visa Required
    8
  • Visa Free Access
    Schengen, USA, UK, Canada, Japan
  • World Surface Area Reachable
    60%
  • Unesco Heritage Sites Access
    50%
Passport Ranking Factors

France Passport Visa Free Countries

The number of countries France passport holders can enter without a visa (i.e. visa-free countries) is added to the number of countries France passport holders can enter by obtaining a visa on arrival (i.e. visa-on-arrival countries) or an electronic travel authorization (i.e. visa-on-arrival countries) (eTA). There are now 144 visa-free countries for France passport holders, 35 visa-on-arrival countries for France passport holders, and 11 eTA destinations. ; Passport holders from France can visit 190 countries, either without a visa, with a visa on arrival, or with an electronic travel authorization (eTA). As a result, France's passport is ranked number seven in the world. ; In addition to these France visa-free and visa-on-arrival countries, France passport holders must get a physical visa or an eVisa to visit 39 other countries (i.e. visa required countries).

Citizenship by Descent

French Citizenship by Descent

France only permits citizenship by descent if at least one parent had French citizenship at the time of your birth. Nevertheless, according to the French Civil Code, you cannot demonstrate citizenship by descent if neither you nor your parents had any ties to France throughout the last 50 years you spent living outside of France. For example, you (or your parents) did not renew passports, register to vote, register at a French consulate overseas, etc.

Citizenship by Descent - Details
  • CBD Available?
    Yes
  • Generations
    1
  • Avg. Processing Time (mo.)
    3
  • Avg. Cost
    100
Citizenship by Descent - Footnotes

Note: Keep in mind that the costs for citizenship by descent applications can vary and depend on many factors, such as:

  • The availability of official documents in different countries (if past family members migrated);
  • The availability of historic documents;
  • Sworn translation costs;
  • Price only includes main applicant, in case of adding children or spouses, this can incur additional costs);
  • Whether or not a genealogist is needed to prove ancestry;
  • Other unforeseen costs.

* In the case of first generation citizenship by descent, we assumed ONLY administration costs, which will be around $100 or less (usually free if application is done in the same country versus foreign embassy or consulate)

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