French Self-Employment Visa

The Long-Stay Visa for Self-Employment allows self-employed people, freelancers, and business owners to move to France. This visa suits self-employed people working in the “liberal” professions, which include the medical, legal, technical, artistic, and teaching fields, but remote workers who are employed by a company outside of France would not qualify.


  • Renewable after 1 year
  • Includes family
  • Path to Permanent Residence
  • Includes right to work
  • Access to EU
  • Suits many different professions


France has been the top destination for international tourists for more than 20 years, and for good reason.

Rich in history, Paris, Avignon, Lille, and Marseille are all European capitals of culture. French foods like wine, cheese, croissants, chocolate, and bread are renowned around the world, and France boasts both a refined restaurant culture and a history of hearty, delicious home cooking. Encompassing the French Alps, the lavender fields of Provence, the Côte d’Azur (French Riviera on the Mediterranean coast), and more, France’s natural beauty has something for everyone.


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$22,156.52 per year income

Proof that your business is economically viable

All professional qualifications and experience necessary to establish and run your business (learn about the qualifications you need from the visa wizard.)


The visa application fee is $118.

The residence permit costs $270+


Start your application online.

First, this short visa wizard will tell you about your eligibility, fees, and the documents required.

Next, fill out the full online application and submit your documentation. Residents of many countries can submit this full application online, but some will need to follow a different procedure. Check your country’s status here.

Then, make an appointment at your local French embassy or consulate. They may tell you to send your application to a consular service. You can find details of your country’s procedure here. Make your appointment 3 months ahead of when you plan to go to France, but no earlier.

Take your documentation and passport to the appointment in person, pay your fees, and provide your biometrics. Any applicant over 12 years of age needs to come with you to the appointment, too.

You can track your application’s process here. You will collect your passport and visa in person, or it may be sent to you by mail.

If you are approved, you will be issued a long-stay visa marked “entrepreneur/profession libérale” (Self-employed in regulated ‘liberal’ profession). This is valid for one year, and is equivalent to a residence permit (VLS-TS).

Use the long-stay visa to enter France. Within 15 days after you arrive, validate your visa online here.

A detailed explanation of steps is here.


Depending on your situation, you may need:

  • Completed application form
  • 3 35mm x 40mm passport photos ( guidelines here)
  • Documents proving family relationships to all dependents (such as marriage license and birth certificate)
  • Proof of professional qualifications and experience relevant to your business
  • Proof of income or bank balance
  • Proof of medical and travel insurance
  • Return plane ticket or proof of financial means to obtain one
  • Accommodation details
  • Police clearance from your home country and your country of residence
  • Proof of current residence

Other documents may be required. Consult the visa wizard and your local consulate.