France does not have citizenship by investment, but the country has a residence permit program. You cannot obtain a residence permit in France by investments in securities, bonds or the purchase of housing.
Approved individuals get a residency permit that lasts 4 years. After 8 years, getting a permanent residency is possible. However, France does allow citizenship following 5 years of residency with different sets of criteria.
A French passport can be obtained by a law-abiding citizen of another country over 18 years old who lives, works and pays taxes in France for five years.
The first step towards citizenship is to obtain a residence permit. The status allows you to stay in the country and entitles you to certain activities like work or study.
A residence permit is mandatory for everyone who comes to France to stay more than three months. The residence permit is valid for one to ten years. After completion, the status can be renewed.
Citizenship is available after five years of permanent residence in France with a residence permit status. In order to fulfill the condition of permanent residence, one cannot leave the country for more than six out of ten months.
A residence permit card by investment is issued for four years. After that, the status can be extended if the investor’s company continues to work and jobs are saved.
Investors are not required to live in France permanently and prove their knowledge of the language if they do not want to obtain citizenship. They can apply for citizenship by naturalization under general conditions.
The Investor must:
Applicants must have:
Step 1. Preparation of the visa and residence permit application.
Step 2. Visa application. To be submitted to the consulate or French Embassy.
Step 3. Visa issued
Step 4. Arrival in France
Step 5. Residence permit requested online on the website
Step 6. Residence permit issued
Step 7. Stay maybe extended
Applicants are advised to apply relatively early, but no earlier than three months before the planned date of arrival in France.
Processing timescales can vary from one consulate or embassy to another.
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Yes. French law permits dual nationality and does not require foreigners who obtain French nationality to give up their original one.
Yes. The spouse and dependents of the investor may also be included in the application and may take up employment in France.
France does not offer a real estate visa. Buying property in France is not considered an investment with a path to residency and will never turn into citizenship.
The permit has a validity of 4 years, renewable.
No, there is no requirement for the French language.
Yes. Applicants must know the french language when applying for permanent residency or citizenship in the country.
No. Only the spouse and the children can be included.
Yes, the applicant must be 18 years old.
Residents of France are taxed on the entirety of their income earned from French sources or foreign sources.
People in France who are not tax residents are only taxed on income from French sources.