Foreign Trader’s Card (Carte de commerçant étranger)

Citizens of the European Union, Algeria, Andorra, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Monaco, Norway and foreigners already holding a 10-year French residency card (carte de résident) are exempt from this procedure.
No commercial business can be run by a foreigner in France without this permit, whether or not the person resides in France. For further information, please contact the Consulate.

1- Starting your own company in France

The processing time may be of up to several months.

All documents must be submitted in duplicate: one original and 1 copy. Failure to do so will prevent you from getting your visa.



- Original passport (+ ONE COPY of the identity pages)

  • Must be valid for at least three months after your return to the US
  • Has least two blank pages left to affix the visa (amendment pages are not suitable for visas).
  • Has been delivered less than 10 years ago (first issuance)
  • Be in good condition.
  • Download and completely fill out the following application form:
    Word - 85.5 kb
    Commercant Creation

- 4 long stay visa application forms completely filled out (all originals - no copies)

- Long stay visa application fee

- 4 passport-size photos (Do not glu or staple. All photographs must be recent, in color on a plain white background, of full front view, taken facing the camera. No side or angled view are acceptable. No hat, no veil).

- 1 CERFA application form :

PDF - 105.1 kb
Cerfa Form

2- Partnership in an established company in France

The processing time may be of up to several months.

All documents must be submitted in duplicate: one original and 1 copy. Failure to do so will prevent you from getting your visa.



- Original passport (+ ONE COPY of the identity pages)

  • Must be valid for at least three months after your return to the US
  • Has least two blank pages left to affix the visa (amendment pages are not suitable for visas).
  • Has been delivered less than 10 years ago (first issuance)
  • Be in good condition.
  • Download and completely fill out the following application form:
    Word - 66.5 kb
    Commercant Insertion

- 4 long stay visa application forms completely filled out (all originals - no copies)

- Long stay visa application fee

- 4 passport-size photos (Do not glu or staple. All photographs must be recent, in color on a plain white background, of full front view, taken facing the camera. No side or angled view are acceptable. No hat, no veil).

- 1 CERFA application form :

PDF - 105.1 kb
Cerfa Form

3- Make an appointment at the Visa Section

- All applicants must apply in person and must make an appointment prior to 3pm PST.
Personal appearance is mandatory.

Make an appointment by clicking here

No appointment can be made by phone or by e-mailing us. If you are not able to attend, please free a slot by canceling your appointment.

IF YOU CANNOT PRINT YOUR CONFIRMATION RECEIPT IT IS NOT A PROBLEM. Simply show up on the date and time of your appointment.

Make sure you bring all the required documents when coming to the Consulate General.

Dernière modification : 23/07/2012

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