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More on eligible family members
Where and how to apply
You must apply for family reunification to the local OFII office.
The OFII is responsible for the initial examination of the application and checking that the file is complete before referring to the competent authorities (Préfecture, town hall, French consulates).
The mayor of the municipality of residence is responsible for assessing your living arrangements and resources. At the Prefect's request, the mayor may also give his opinion on your respect for the principles governing family life in France.
The Prefect takes the final decision and notification must be received within six months, after which the application will be considered as rejected.
The application must be made to the Préfecture or the sous-Préfecture of the place of residence or the Police Headquarters for non-EU citizens residing in Paris.
Refusal decisions can be appealed to the Prefect, hierarchically before the Minister of the Interior, or before the competent administrative court within two months of notification of the disputed decision.
French diplomatic missions, embassies and consular posts abroad
Authorities responsible for foreign labour at the Regional Directorate for Enterprises, Competition and Consumption, Work and Employment (DIRECCTE) or at the Local Unit (UT)
French Office for Immigration and Integration, local network
Council of State
Commission for Appeals Against French Entry Visa Refusals
Last Update: 26/11/2015 |