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French Buyers' Info

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Property Restrictions for Foreigners

Advantages of Buying a Newbuild Property

If I do not live in the EU how long can I stay in my French property?

Although foreign buyers have no restrictions on buying a property in France, if you are not an EU citizen, then you will have to apply for a visa/residency if you intend to stay in your property for more than 90 days. After 10 years you can ask for citizenship or in 5 years if you justify it by a certain level of investment.
 
Once you have purchased the property, you have to enter France on a 90 days’ tourist Schengen visa which is easy to gain when you become an owner. Next you must ask the local prefecture (where your property is situated) for a residency card next to the prefecture.
 
It is fairly straight forward but there is a fair amount of paperwork to fill in as with any administration in France but we can put you in contact with experts who can help.