"Business permit" for foreigners/carte de commerçant
No commercial business can be operated in France by a foreigner unless she/he holds a "Carte de commerçant étranger" whether or not she/he is living in France.
When both the business permit and the long stay visa have been approved by the French authorities, a business permit visa can be issued by the French consulate.
National of all EU countries, Andorra, Monaco or foreigners already holding a resident card for France are exempt from this procedure.
Processing time : up to 3 months.
Please check the list of required documents to apply below :
- List of required documents for business permit
- (PDF - 50 kb)