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If you have been legally resident in France for at least 18 months, you may apply for family reunification. You must hold a/an:
Family members who may benefit from family reunification are:
More on conditions eligible family members
Specific provisions for family members of international “talents”:
Family members of sponsors who are an “employee on assignment” (intra corporate transfer), a “scientist-researcher” or holders of an “EU Blue Card” do not have to go through the family reunification procedure. They can apply for their residence permit without proof of resources and accommodation. The Law on the Right of Foreigners of 7 March 2016 (law No. 2016-274) introduced a multiyear residence permit for “talents” and their family members called “family talent passport” (passeport talent (famille)) in order to attract qualified foreigners. This new residence permit is issued for a maximum duration of four years. The period of validity is equal to the one of the sponsor’s permit. The “family talent passport” automatically grants the right to work.
Where and how to apply
You have to submit your application for family reunification personally to the local office of the French Office for Immigration and Integration (OFII).
The OFII is responsible for the initial examination of the application and the checking of the file’s completeness before transmitting it to the mayor of the municipality of the future place of residence of the family.
The mayor of the municipality of residence is responsible for the assessment of the required accommodation and resources conditions. The mayor may also give his opinion on the respect for the fundamental principles governing family life in France.
The documents required are listed in annexe 1 of the application form.
You must prove that you have:
More on conditions you must meet
Further, your application for family reunification can be rejected if you do not respect the fundamental principles governing family life in France and/or if your family members constitute a threat to public policy.
A medical examination is performed by the OFII.
Upon arrival in France, the OFII is responsible for the reception of the family members and the medical examination.
The first step of the individual integration pathway is the signature of the so-called ‘Republican Integration Contract’ (contrat d’intégration républicaine) which came into force on 1 July 2016. The ‘Republican Integration Contract’ entails a personalized integration path of five years.
In the course of the reception at the OFII, the family member is interviewed in order to assess his/her personal situation, needs and language level. As a result of this interview a compulsory civic training of two days and, if necessary, a language training depending on the individual level are prescribed.
Family members receive a private and family life permit that is valid for one year and renewable.
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Bringing your family to France
If you hold a ten-year residence permit, your spouse and children (in the year after their 18th birthday) may also be granted a ten-year residence permit after an uninterrupted stay of three years on the French territory provided that they entered the country under a family reunification arrangement and that they abided by the laws and regulations.
The ten-year residence permit is valid for ten years, and is renewable.
The family member has to fulfil the requirement of “Republican integration” which is assessed in the frame of the above-mentioned ‘Republican Integration Contract’. The degree of integration into French society is assessed by examining the individual's commitment to respect the principles of the French Republic and testing for sufficient proficiency in French.
Grounds for refusal are:
A "EU long-term resident” residence permit may be granted if the applicant has legally and continuously resided on the French territory for at least five years. [see article L. 314-8 of the Code on Entry and residence of Foreigners and Right of Asylum («Code de l'entrée et du séjour des étrangers et du droit d'asile » (CESEDA) for the list of persons eligible for this residence permit].
Your integration to French society will be assessed in terms of your commitment to respect the principles governing the French Republic and your sufficient proficiency of the French language.
The EU long-term resident residence permit is valid for ten years and is renewable.
It gives access to employment and vocational training and allows its holder to apply for the right to reside in another EU Member State under the facilitated procedure of Directive 2003/109/CE.
The permit will be refused for:
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 |