Financially Independent Person Visa

France provides indefinitely renewable residence permits with one-year validity to those who can demonstrate the possession of at least EUR 16,000 (typically more) and who commit not to take up employment in France.

The FIP visa is renewable annually online. After five years of legal residency (and physical presence of no less than 183 days a year), the applicant is eligible for permanent residency.

Once a permanent resident, the individual may apply for French citizenship by naturalization. To become a French citizen, you must have been a de facto legal resident of France for at least five years and demonstrate sufficient integration into French society by, among other things, speaking French.


Program at a glance

Program TypeIndependent Means Visa
Time to citizenship5 years
Time to permanent residency5 years
Minimum investmentNone. Proof of sufficient income required
Physical presence requirementNone at temporary stage (183 days to qualify for PR)
Application processing time2 months
Citizenship grants visa-free travel to187 destinations, including Schengen countries and the US
Contribution types availableNo contribution required

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