"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 :

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List of required documents for business permit
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Last modified on 30/06/2015

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