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Procedure How to apply for a residence permit

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Direction de la Sûreté Publique - Division de Police Administrative

4, rue Louis Notari
MC 98000 MONACO 

Residents Section :
(+377) 93 15 30 17
(+377) 93 15 30 18

Opening Hours : from 9h00 to 17h00 from monday to friday

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Direction de la Sûreté Publique - Division de Police Administrative

4, rue Louis Notari
MC 98000 MONACO 

Opening Hours : from 9h00 to 17h00 from monday to friday

Phone : (+377) 93 15 31 60

Fax : (+377) 93 15 31 67

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Principle and conditions

Principle

Anyone who is at least 16 years of age and wishes to reside in Monaco for more than three months in a year, or set up home in the Principality, must apply for a residence permit from the Monégasque authorities. Residence permits are not issued to minors under the age of 16; a Travel document for a foreign minor  may be issued to enable overseas travel.

Once an application for a residence permit has been submitted, a ‘temporary’ card valid for one year may be issued, for which there are no particular length of residency requirements. The fee for this card is €10.

Conditions

The requirements for foreigners settling in Monaco vary depending on the nationality of the applicant.

In all cases, you must be able to prove that you have:

Accommodation in Monaco which is large enough to accommodate those living there, through:

  • Being the owner of a house or apartment; or
  • Being the director or unit holder of a company which owns a house or apartment; or
  • Renting a house or apartment; or
  • Staying with a close relative, your spouse, or partner with whom you are living as a couple

Sufficient financial resources, by means of :

  • A salary; or
  • Professional income (independent commercial activity or through a company); or
  • Sufficient savings (the sum which is judged sufficient depends on the banking establishment in Monaco providing the reference); or
  • Being supported by a relative, spouse or partner with whom you are living as a couple

Good character, proof of which should be supplied by providing a copy of your criminal records information from the country or last two countries in which you have resided in the five years prior to your arrival in Monaco.

If your situation differs from those described below or if there is a genuine reason why you are unable to supply the information requested, consult the Residency Section, who will assess your situation.

If you leave Monaco, you must surrender your residence permit.

European Economic Area and third countries: Germany, Andorra, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Denmark, Spain (including the Balearic and Canary Islands), Estonia, Vatican City, France (Guadeloupe, Martinique, French Guiana, Réunion), Finland, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Iceland, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Norway, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal (including the archipelagos of Madeira and the Azores), Czech Republic, Romania, United Kingdom (England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland, Gibraltar), San Marino, Slovakia, Slovenia, Sweden, Switzerland.

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Collating the documents to show evidence of accommodation

  • Contract or most recent electricity bill

If you or your company owns a property

  • Notarised property deed
  • If you own a property through an intermediary company:
    • The company’s articles of association
    • Proof of share held or a certificate confirming your role in the company

If you are renting

If you are staying with someone

  • Certificate of free accommodation signed by the person you are staying with (a close relative, your spouse, or partner with whom you are living as a couple)
  • Tenancy agreement, if the person you are staying with rents their home
  • Property deed if the person you are staying with owns their home

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Collating documents to show evidence of sufficient funds

Important: Where documents are not in French, English or Italian, a translation must be supplied.

If you are self-employed, or the manager or director of a company

If you are setting up a business in Monaco

 

If you are an employee in Monaco

  • A certificate from the Employment Office authorising employment in Monaco, appropriate to individual circumstances: an undertaking of employment, an application for permission to hire, or your work permit and most recent payslip...

If you are retired

  • A proof of pension

If you are being supported by someone else

  • A letter from a third party (relative, spouse or partner with whom you are living as a couple) confirming that they are supporting you
  • Documentary evidence of that person’s financial resources as appropriate to their circumstances

For all other cases

  • A reference from a Monaco bank confirming that you have sufficient funds to live in Monaco (this should be arranged with the bank)
  • Any other proof that establishes that you have sufficient financial resources to live in Monaco (contact the Residents Section to determine what documents can be supplied in your particular circumstances)

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Collating the other documents you will need

Important: Where documents are not in French, English or Italian, a translation must be supplied.

  • A valid passport or identity card
  • Birth certificate
  • An extract from the criminal record or the equivalent (Certificato penale, criminal records, etc.) issued by the authorities of the 2 last countries in which you have resided in the past 5 years, before your arrival in Monaco

If you are married

  • Marriage certificate

If you have children under 16

  • A passport or identity card for each child
  • Proof of custody of minors, if applicable
  • Proof of adoption, if applicable
  • Proof of schooling for children educated outside Monaco

If you are a student

  • Proof of student status

If you are divorced or separated

  • Divorce certificate; or
  • Certificate of legal separation

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Obtaining and completing the forms

To get the forms, you can either:

  • Collect them from the Residency Section

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Making an appointment with the Residents Section

You must make an appointment with the Residents Section by telephoning (+377) 93 15 30 17.

During this appointment, your case file will be checked and registered. You must provide original copies of the documents requested; these will be returned to you at the end of the interview.

After investigation, if your case is approved, your residence permit will be available for you to collect from the Residents Section within a maximum of 6 weeks.

1

Obtaining a visa or long-stay permit

If you have already been in France for longer than a year

You must apply for a transfer of residency from the French Embassy in Monaco .

If you have not been resident in France for more than a year

You must apply for a long-stay visa (type D) for Monaco through the French Consulate closest to your most recent place of residence.  

Exceptionally, foreigners who are already in the Principality and have accommodation can appeal to the Ministry of the Interior  for permission to apply directly to the French Embassy in Monaco  (article 5 of the Convention Franco-Monégasque de voisinage).

You must have a visa in order to apply for a residence permit.

2

Collating the documents to show evidence of accommodation

  • Contract or most recent electricity bill

If you or your company owns a property

  • Notarised property deed
  • If you own a property through an intermediary company:
    • The company’s articles of association
    • Proof of share held or a certificate confirming your role in the company

If you are renting

If you are staying with someone

  • Certificate of free accommodation signed by the person you are staying with (a close relative, your spouse, or partner with whom you are living as a couple)
  • Tenancy agreement, if the person you are staying with rents their home
  • Property deed if the person you are staying with owns their home

3

Collating documents to show evidence of sufficient funds

Important: Where documents are not in French, English or Italian, a translation must be supplied.

If you are self-employed, or the manager or director of a company

If you are setting up a business in Monaco

 

If you are an employee in Monaco

  • A certificate from the Employment Office authorising employment in Monaco, appropriate to individual circumstances: an undertaking of employment, an application for permission to hire, or your work permit and most recent payslip...

If you are retired

  • A proof of pension

If you are being supported by someone else

  • A letter from a third party (relative, spouse or partner with whom you are living as a couple) confirming that they are supporting you
  • Documentary evidence of that person’s financial resources as appropriate to their circumstances

For all other cases

  • A reference from a Monaco bank confirming that you have sufficient funds to live in Monaco (this should be arranged with the bank)
  • Any other proof that establishes that you have sufficient financial resources to live in Monaco (contact the Residents Section to determine what documents can be supplied in your particular circumstances)

4

Collating the other documents you will need

Important: Where documents are not in French, English or Italian, a translation must be supplied.

  • A valid passport including a long-stay visa
  • A French residence permit, if applicable
  • A birth certificate
  • An extract from the criminal record or the equivalent (Certificato penale, criminal records, etc.) issued by the authorities of the 2 last countries in which you have resided in the past 5 years, before your arrival in Monaco

If you are married

  • Marriage certificate

If you have children under 16

  • A passport or identity card for each child
  • Proof of custody of minors, if applicable
  • Proof of adoption, if applicable
  • Proof of schooling for children educated outside Monaco

If you are a student

  • Proof of student status

If you are divorced or separated

  • Divorce certificate; or
  • Certificate of legal separation

5

Obtaining and completing the forms

To get the forms, you can either:

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Making an appointment with the Residents Section

You must make an appointment with the Residents Section by telephoning (+377) 93 15 30 17.

During this appointment, your case file will be checked and registered. You must provide original copies of the documents requested; these will be returned to you at the end of the interview.

After investigation, if your case is approved, your residence permit will be available for you to collect from the Residents Section within a maximum of 6 weeks.

Last update: 05/02/2013

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