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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?

Any property owner in France is entitled to a resident permit. It doesn’t allow you to work or to benefit from the social system but you can come and go as you please. 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.