•  FERC has a 3-year validity and is renewable after each term if the initial investment is maintained
  • Possibility to travel freely in the Schengen Area and French overseas territories
  • FERC includes dependents (spouse and children under 18 years old) and enable them to work
  • Possibility for the applicant to work in France if the work is related to the investment
  • Free access to public education and healthcare
  • Possibility to apply for French citizenship after having established your main residence in France for 5 continuous years



  • Minimum Investment: €300,000 in an industrial or commercial asset in France
  • Obligation to reside in France on a case-by-case basis
  • Obligation to set up a company in France
  • Aged 18 years or older
  • Proof of no criminal record

No requirements for prior residence in France, language skills or special professional experience



  • The applicant is required to make a €300,000 investment in an approved industrial or commercial business enterprise in France
  • A company will be established for the applicant in France for the purposes of making and managing the investment
  • The investor can select an ‘off-the-shelf’ investment option such as renewable energy or film production, or alternatively can establish a ‘tailored’ new business in France
  • Details of the type of investment and how it will benefit France should be provided with the application



  • Submission of long stay visa application and documents to support the FERC application
  • Fast processing: a decision is made by the French authorities within 1 month from the date of the application’s submission
  • Issuance of a long-stay visa by the French Consulate upon acceptance
  • Transfer of funds into the French project
  • Issuance of 3-year FERC by Government authorities within 2 months from entry into France