In order to start or run a business in France, you need to have a visa that enables you to work in a self-employed capacity. If you're already living in France with European nationality or a Vie Privée et Familiale visa, you're golden - this module is not for you!
If you DON'T currently have a visa that permits you to be self-employed in France (any of these: visitor, student, APS, salarié, salarié en mission, travailleur temporaire, scientifique, carte bleue européenne), and you would like to set up a company or become an autoentrepreneur, this module is for you. It guides you through the process of applying for the appropriate visa in your home country, or of switching your current visa status from within France to a type that will enable you to set up your business.
This module complements the French Business Incubator program and provides information specifically on the visa types necessary for each French business structure, as well as the documentation needed to apply for each visa type.
In this module, you will learn:
- Which visa type you need for each type of self-employment: profession libérale, commerçant, artisane, profession artistique, and passport talents - entrepreneur
- The documents required for submitting your visa or change of status application
- How to write a project proposal and business plan the préfecture or consulate will accept
- What types of supporting documentation you need for your application and how to write it
- How to complete realistic financial projections that meet the minimum requirements
- How to ensure you can renew your visa at the end of your first year in France.
As part of this module, you will receive:
- Detailed instructions on how to write each part of your business plan, with samples in French
- Detailed instructions on how to calculate your financial projections, as well as templates for your visa application
- 3 bilingual (French-English) sample letters of support to adapt and have filled out by your potential clients and collaborators
- Assistance calculating your fees and your "point mort" (break-even point)
- Guidance for writing your application's cover letter, including 3 sample cover letters in French for you to adapt and draw from while writing your own.
- Instructions on what will happen after your visa or change of status is approved, and what to do to renew your visa.
- Access to The French Business Incubator (basic) which is the guide to choosing and setting up a French business structure.
You may ALSO want this module if:
Your business is complex and you need guidance in writing a detailed business plan for banks or investors.
Allison Lounes is the creator of Paris Unraveled, a site that has been helping people navigate French bureaucracy since 2011. Her areas of expertise are French visa types, setting up businesses in France, and visa strategizing for those who hope to stay in France long-term. Since launching her company in 2013, Allison has helped hundreds of clients obtain various visa types for living, studying, and working in France and answered their questions about French bureaucracy. She has set up over a dozen companies or "microentreprises" for French residents and new arrivals to France, and she has, so far, a 100% success rate in helping her clients obtain the proper visas for starting their business activity.