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Get an Permanent residency in France

Quick and dependable information for EU, EEA and Swiss Citizens seeking Permanent residency in France.

How Can a Lawyer Help Me Obtain Permanent Residency?

We are here to assist you through the whole process. Our lawyers start by assessing your application and recommending the best route to follow. After that, they review all your necessary documentation and help you to complete various forms.

We provide a quality service where you can easily contact us throughout the process. We are here to answer any questions and aim to do so within 24 hours. Our lawyers are dedicated to supporting you in every step of the process towards living and working in France.

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What is permanent residence?

Citizens of the EU, European Economic Area and Switzerland are potentially eligible to obtain permanent residency in France.
After living in France for three months there is a possibility of settling there. After five years of uninterrupted residency, it is possible to obtain a permanent right to reside in the country.
After obtaining this right, there is no need to further justify your reason for staying in France. This means you can work, study or retire in France as you please.

You can obtain permanent residency in France after five years of legal, uninterrupted residency. You can leave the country for up to six months at a time during a one year period. This absence threshold increases for extenuating circumstances such as military service or medical reasons

  • You must have valid identity documents and prove to not pose a threat to public order to enter France
  • It is not necessary to apply for a residence permit, but you can if you wish
  • After five years of uninterrupted, legal residence in France, you will have the right to permanent residence
  • You will then need to provide documentation from the past five years in order to prove you have the right to stay.


  • Identity document to enter France
  • Proof of not posing a threat to public order
  • Justify the purpose and need to work in France
  • Be able to prove the right to stay through legal residency from the past five years. This can include employment contracts, unemployment certificate, registration and trade or business registration among others.
  • Be enrolled in an establishment to attend
  • Have sickness and maternity insurance
  • Ensure that you have sufficient financial resources to support yourself and avoid burdening French welfare system
  • Need documentation to prove previous five years of residency. This can include university registrations, bank statement and previous tax notices among others.
  • Have health insurance
  • Have sufficient financial resources ito support yourself and avoid burdening French welfare system
  • Prove legal residency over the past five years. This can be with bank statements

What is The Process?

As a EU, European Economic Area resident or Swiss citizen, you are eligible for obtaining permanent residence in France after five years of legal and uninterrupted stay in France.

You must keep documentation over the five years in order to prove you have the right to stay. This documentation varies depending upon if you are working, studying or a pensioner.

After five years of uninterrupted stay and proof through documentation, you will have the right to residence in France.


We are a department formed by qualified legal experts who have been trained in the field of immigration law. We work on these residency permit requests every day. It’s our passion. Our work goes beyond having a general interest.

For us, Lexidy is a way of life and what excites us the most is to be able to deliver the happiness and satisfaction of a successful immigration process. We want to help you achieve your goals and dreams.

Eleonore Tavares de Pinho

Eléonore Tavares de Pinho

Yuliana Colorado

Yuliana Colorado


Eléonore Tavares de Pinho

Born in Senegal to Belgian-Portuguese parents and having lived for several years in various countries, Eléonore quickly became passionate about Immigration legislation. She graduated from the University of la Sorbonne and the University of Florence and obtained a five-year dual degree in Italian and French Law. As an attorney, she chose to work in Immigration Law in order to have real action on the field and help people fulfill their projects.  Deeply convinced that digital technologies can make law and legal services simpler and impact people’s lives in a positive way, Eléonore will always be looking for the most efficient way to meet your needs.


Yuliana Colorado

Born in Colombia and migrated to France very young, her experience led her to studying international private and commercial law and helping international clients, people and companies, implement in France. In cooperation with the Tax department, she advises companies on immigration, employment and mobility matters such as hiring international profiles, outsourcing to foreign companies in France, or deploying teams abroad. Admitted to the Paris and Madrid Bars, Yuliana has developed specific expertise in managing global mobility and professional immigration of her clients in France and Spain, both companies and individuals. Yuliana speaks French, Spanish, English and Italian.

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Frequently Asked Questions

If for some reason you are unable to work at the end of the five years, you may still be eligible. Some common situations include: temporary incapacity due to illness or accident or involuntary unemployment.

Yes, it is not necessary but you do have the right to request. Here is the link:

Yes you can lose your right to permanent residence if you leave France for more than two consecutive years.

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