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there is evidence of enough funds

to support yourself during the

length of your visa.

You will also need to take out

private medical insurance and

have it in place by the time of your

appointment. At the appointment,

your passport(s) will be retained

until your application is processed.

During its period of validity,

the long-stay visa is equivalent

to a Schengen visa, enabling you

to move around and stay in the

Schengen area outside France for

periods not exceeding 90 days

in any 180 consecutive days.

Although it is said you should allow

up to three months for the visaapplication process,

once you have

got your personal appointment, it

can take as little as 15 days as one

Leggett buyer reported to us. Note

that you will need to validate your

visa online within three months of

your entry into France and if you

wish to renew it, this should be

done two months before its expiry

date.

Other categories:

Family reunification

If you have family in France, you

can apply for a Carte de Sejour vie

privée et familiale. This is actually

a carte de sejour (CDS or residency

card) - rather than a visa - for

'Family and private life'. This allows

you to live and work in France

if you have a spouse or a child

already there.

Remote workers

If you have been sent to France as

a remote worker for a UK company,

then you would need to request a

VLS-TS with 'salarié detaché'. There

are earnings levels requirements.

Entrepreneurs

There are different business visas

depending on your activity, and

the 'talent visa' (passeport talent)

is given to those who are highly

qualified and/or show a substantial

economic investment in France.

But you can also apply for a VLS-TS

for self-employment purposes. You

need to show that your business is

sustainable and that you will not

be a financial burden by showing a

three-year business plan.

Children

You can request a visa (mineur)

for your child if they are going to

be staying more than 90 days in

France and it is your information

as the parent that is used. Once in

France a child under the age of 16

does not need a residency permit if

their parents have one, but to travel

with their parents freely in and

out of France they must request a

DCEM (Document de circulation pour

étranger mineur) from the prefecture.

The VLS-TS (visa de long séjour -

titre de séjour)  is for people who

want to stay for up to a year in

France. Equivalent to a residency

permit, this means that you do

not need to apply for a residence

permit during the first year. There

are different types, the cost varies

but can be up to €250, including

if you are student, employee,

temporary worker or special talent,

but if you are none of these, you

might apply for 'tourist, family or

private visits'.

The criterion for this visa is that

you should not be considered a

burden on your host country. You

can show this in different ways. If

you prove you own a property in

France then this can be considered

as an advantage during the visa

process. Equally, even if you are in

the process of buying a property

that you might have made an offer

on after viewing it virtually, or

if you are seriously planning to

buy, this can also be looked on

favourably.

You also need to prove you

can support yourself financially.

This means showing evidence of

approximately €1,230 per month

for the duration of your visa, or

for a couple, €1,500 per month. If

you do not have a regular pension

income, perhaps because you are

younger than retirement age, you

can show savings accounts in which

Do not forget that if you are

selling your property in France

for over 150,000 euros you

will probably need to appoint

a Fiscal Representative. You

will pay between 0.4-1.0% of

the sale price. The Notaire can

organise this or you can choose

your own, from a Government

approved shortlist.

SELLING YOUR

HOLIDAY HOME

AFTER BREXIT?

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