4- 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.

PROCESSING TIME: a minimum of 2 months (for "commerçant création" and for "commerçant insertion")
You may apply for your visa no earlier than 3 months before your departure date.
Please apply in advance, do not wait the last minute.

IMPORTANT: Due to the higher number of applicants during the month of JUNE, JULY, AUGUST and DECEMBER, we strongly suggest to apply at least 3 weeks before your departure or earlier in order to avoid delays. No emergency visas will be issued.

REQUIRED DOCUMENTS FOR STARTING YOUR OWN COMPANY IN FRANCE

Please provide us with the ORIGINAL + 1 COPY of each document including passport and relevant pages.

PNG You must bring all the required documents and the photocopies incomplete application will not be accepted

- 1-Original Passport or travel document:

  • Original and copy of the of the identity and relevant 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).
  • Delivered less than 10 years ago
  • Be in good condition (ie. not torn or damaged)

- 2-Long Stay Visa application form:
Download 4 forms, fill out completely and sign- (all originals - no copies)

PDF - 33.4 kb
Long Stay Visa Form | Click to download
PDF - 47.8 kb
Visa Long Séjour en Français | Cliquez pour télécharger


- 3-Long Stay Visa Application Fee Form:
Download form, fill out completely and sign- (all original - no copy)

PDF - 18.2 kb
Long Stay Visa Application Fee Form | Click to download

- 4-Cerfa Commercant Authorization Application Form:
Download form, fill out completely and sign- (all original - no copy)

PDF - 105.1 kb
CERFA Formulaire Commerçant | Click to Download

- 5- Commercant Création Application Form:
Download form, fill out completely and sign- (all original - no copy)

Word - 69.5 kb
Création d’entreprise Form | Click to download

- 6-4 PASSPORT PHOTO, responding to general requirements.
More details on photograph requirements.

- 7-A self-addressed FedEx Express "US Airbill"

PNG We will not accept other methods of delivery: (NO USPS, NO UPS, NO FedEx "Ground" service)

No pick up will be allowed)

  • A Prepaid FedEx enveloppe,
  • for US Airbill, please fill out your own address twice (you are the sender AND the recipient):
Sender:
Your name and address
Select shipping preference
Recipient:
Your name and address
Billing information

REQUIRED DOCUMENTS FOR PARTNERSHIP IN AN ESTABLISHED COMPANY IN FRANCE

Please provide us with the ORIGINAL + 1 COPY of each document including passport and relevant pages.

PNG You must bring all the required documents and the photocopies otherwise your visa will be denied

- 1-Original Passport or travel document:

  • Original and copy of the of the identity and relevant 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).
  • Delivered less than 10 years ago
  • Be in good condition (ie. not torn or damaged)

- 2-Long Stay Visa application form:
Download 4 forms, fill out completely and sign- (all originals - no copies)

PDF - 33.4 kb
Long Stay Visa Form | Click to download
PDF - 47.8 kb
Visa Long Séjour en Français | Cliquez pour télécharger


- 3-Long Stay Visa Application Fee Form:
Download form, fill out completely and sign- (all original - no copy)

PDF - 18.2 kb
Long Stay Visa Application Fee Form | Click to download

- 4-Cerfa Commercant Authorization Application Form:
Download form, fill out completely and sign- (all original - no copy)

PDF - 105.1 kb
CERFA Formulaire Commerçant | Click to Download

- 5-Commercant Insertion Application Form:
Download form, fill out completely and sign- (all original - no copy)

Word - 53.5 kb
Insertion d’entreprise Form | Click to download

- 6-4 PASSPORT PHOTO, responding to general requirements.
More details on photograph requirements.

- 7-A self-addressed FedEx Express "US Airbill"

PNG We will not accept other methods of delivery: (NO USPS, NO UPS, NO FedEx "Ground" service

No pick up will be allowed

  • A Prepaid FedEx enveloppe,
  • for US Airbill, please fill out your own address twice (you are the sender AND the recipient):
Sender:
Your name and address
Select shipping preference
Recipient:
Your name and address
Billing information

IMPORTANT INFORMATION
- The consular administration has full authority to evaluate and request more documents than those submitted by the applicant.
- Please be aware that submitting the aforementioned documents does not guarantee the approval of the visa.
- The French Consulate in Los Angeles can refuse the issuance of a visa.

MAKE AN APPOINTMENT
- All applicants must apply in person. Personal appearance is mandatory.
We regret that at this time we do not accept appointments over the phone or via email.
- If you are not able to attend, please free a slot by canceling or rescheduling your appointment by logging back in the appointment system and click on “changing your appointment”.
You will need your “LAX” confirmation number and passport number.

- One appointment = one person (for instance, family of four must take four appointments)
- One appointment per person only: due to the high number of applicants, the French Consulate reserves the right to cancel appointments made by the same person on the same day (or even on two different dates).

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Dernière modification : 19/07/2016

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