Family member of French or EU citizen

The foreign spouse of a French citizen (with exception to members of the European Union, of European Economic Space, of Switzerland, of Monaco, of St. Martin and of Algeria) must obtain a long stay visa, valid as a resident card, in order to stay in France for more than 90 days.

If granted, this visa is also a resident card at the same time, valid for as long as a year. You will only need to register at the local branch of OFII upon three first months of arrival in France.

If you stay more than a year in France, you will then need apply for a Resident Card ("Carte de Séjour") at the préfecture located nearest to your place of residence in France.

This visa applies to all nationalities, including Canadians (excluding Algerian or EU spouses of french nationals, for whom different agreements exists.)

This visa needs a minimum of 4 to 10 business days (1 to 2 weeks) to be processed depending on your nationality. Thus, we strongly recommend to apply for this visa at least 3 to 4 weeks prior to the planned trip.

1. Legal Definition of "Spouse" and "Family Member" under current French law

2. Short Stay Schengen Visa for the Spouse of French or EU citizen up to 90 days

3. Short Stay Visa for «Settlement» for the spouse and family member of EU citizen

4. Long Stay Visa for Spouse of a French National

5. Long stay visa for the Spouse of a European Community Citizen

6. Visa in order to marry in France with a French citizen

7. Visa for a foreign minor child or a foreign major child under the care of a French national

8. Visa to reside in France for more than 90 days for an ascendant of a French national or for his foreign spouse

1. Legal Definition of "Spouse" and "Family Member" under current French law

France does not recognize "common law partenrs" as equivalent to married spouses. Thus, the long stay visa "vie privée et familliale" for a "conjoint de Français (spouse of a French citizen)" cannot be issued to a foreign partner of a French citizen registered with "PACS (pacte civil de solidarité)".

1. Under current French law, family members of a French citizen are defined as below:

  • his/her spouse
  • his/her direct children up to 21 years of age or under his/her charge
  • his/her direct parents under his/her charge
  • direct parents and children of his/her foreign citizen spouse under foreign spouse’s charge

2. Under current EU law, family members of a EU citizen are defined as below:

- If the EU citizen is a student in France :

  • his/her spouse
  • his/her direct children up to 21 years of age or under his/her charge

- If the EU citizen is not a student in France :

  • his/her spouse
  • his/her direct children up to 21 years of age under his/her charge
  • his/her direct parents under his/her charge
  • direct parents and children of his/her non-EU citizen spouse under his/her spouse’s charge

A foreign citizen married to a French citizen, or to one of the European Union, is exempt of the processing fees. The marriage certificate must be submitted with the application to enable the waiving of the processing fee.


2. Short Stay Schengen Visa for the Spouse of French or EU citizen up to 90 days

The only persons subject to these visas are from nationalities usually subjected to short-term visas. Please check the list of the nationalities fall under the obligation to apply for a short-term visa here first.

Canadian passport holders do not need this visa.

- Refugees : Persons residing in Canada with refugee status, even if they hold permanent residence cards, must have in their possession a travel document for refugees (original + photocopy), 1951 Geneva Convention Model and visit the Consulate one month before the proposed date of entry into France.

ATTENTION : you must provide all the originals of the documents plus a set of photocopy for each document in standard letter size.

1) - Passport valid at least three months after the expiry date of the visa. + photocopy of all the main pages (pages with picture, expiry date of passport, visas, etc..)

2) - One (1) Schengen visa application form filled out and signed

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Formulaire demande de visa de court séjour
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Short stay visa application form

3) - Two (2) recent and identical ID pictures format 35mm X 45mm only, with a clear and plain background. Pictures with hat, caps, sunglasses, etc.. will not be accepted

- Required Photo quality :

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Photo requirements

Please glue one picture on the application form and include the remaining one in an envelope.

4) - Any document supporting your status in Canada and allowing your re-entry, if needed + photocopy.
If you are a landed immigrant in Canada, you must provide the original plus a photocopy both sides of your PR card.

5) - Proof of your marital status :

- You are the spouse of a French citizen :

One proof of marriage:

° the " livret de famille", original + a copy

° or the French marriage certificate ("copie intégrale de l’acte de mariage"). If the wedding took place outside France, it must be registered at the consulate (transcription). No foreign marriage certificate will be accepted.

Warning : this transcription for marriages celebrated overseas is compulsory and may take several weeks/months. It has to be processed at the closest consulate from the place of the marriage itself, not your current residence.

- You are the spouse of a EU citizen holding a valid EU passport :

True photostatic copy of the marriage registration issued or certified by the your spouse’ EU country. In case you got married in Canada, your marriage has to be registered to the corresponding EU country’s authority (if applicable) + photocopy

6) - A proof of French/EU nationality of your spouse :

- You are the spouse of a French citizen :

French passport of the spouse or/and Consular registration card (« Carte consulaire ») or French National Identity Card (« carte nationale d’identité ») or Certificate of French nationality (« certificat de nationalité française ») or the « ampliation du décret de naturalisation ou réintégration » of your French spouse + photocopy

National identity card or French national certificate or passport.

- You are the spouse of a EU citizen holding a valid EU passport :

Passport of the EU citizen’ spouse + photocopy

Please note that the French Consulate reserves the right to require further information and additional documents.

There are no application fees for this type of visa.

The timeframe for issuing a visa depends on your nationality, even if you hold a Canadian permanent residency card. Processing time for certain applications is approximately 15 days.


3. Short Stay Visa for «Settlement» for the spouse and family member of EU citizen

Family member of a EU citizen needs to obtain only the "entry" visa to France in order to settle in France. If your nationaility does not require to apply for a short stay visa for the Schengen Area, you do not need a long stay visa for France.

Thus, the only persons subject to these visas are from nationalities usually subjected to short stay visas. Please check the list of the nationalities fall under the obligation to apply for a short stay visa here} first.

Canadian passport holders do not need this visa.

- Refugees : Persons residing in Canada with refugee status, even if they hold permanent residence cards, must have in their possession a travel document for refugees (original + photocopy), 1951 Geneva Convention Model and visit the Consulate one month before the proposed date of entry into France.

ATTENTION : you must provide all the originals of the documents plus a set of photocopy for each document in standard letter size.

1) - Passport valid at least three months after the expiry date of the visa. + photocopy of all the main pages (pages with picture, expiry date of passport, visas, etc..)

2) - 1 Schengen visa application form hand filled and signed

PDF - 242.5 kb
Formulaire demande de visa de court séjour
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Short stay visa application form

3) - 2 recent and identical photo ID, format 35mm X 45mm only, with a clear and plain background. Pictures with hat, caps, sunglasses, etc.. will not be accepted (NO CUT OUT OF A CANADIAN PASSPORT SIZE PICTURE).

- Required Photo quality :

PDF - 220.6 kb
Photo requirements

Please glue one picture on the application form and include the remaining one in an envelope.

4) - Any document supporting your status in Canada and allowing your re-entry, if needed + photocopy.
If you are a landed immigrant in Canada, you must provide the original plus a photocopy both sides of your PR card.

5) - Proof of your marital status :

- You are the spouse of a EU citizen holding a valid EU passport :

True photostatic copy of the marriage registration issued or certified by the your spouse’ EU country. In case you got married in Canada, your marriage has to be registered to the corresponding EU country’s authority + photocopy

6) - A proof of EU nationality of your spouse :

- You are the spouse of a EU citizen holding a valid EU passport :

Passport of the EU citizen’ spouse + photocopy

7) - In case of settlement in France, proof of residency in France such as a lease, a title of property, etc for at least 3 months + 1 photocopy.

8) - an attestation of the intention to settle in France

9) - Questionnaire completed in French or in English + 1 photocopy.

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Please note that the French Consulate reserves the right to require further information and additional documents.

There are no application fees for this type of visa.

The timeframe for issuing a visa depends on your nationality, even if you hold a Canadian permanent residency card. Processing time for certain applications is approximately 15 days.



4. Long Stay Visa for Spouse of a French National

According to the law N° 2006-911 of July 24th 2006, regarding immigration and integration, family members of French citizens, excluding citizens of the European Union, the European Economic Space, Switzerland, Monaco, San Marino and Algeria, must be in possession of a long stay visa in order to apply for a residency card in France.

As of February 2, 2009, the timeframe for issuing long-stay visas for “spouses of French persons” shall be of several weeks.

No visa can be delivered if the applicant is already in France. Personnal appearance is compulsory.

Upon arrival in France, the person must immediately send the specific OFII form signed by the Consulate to the OFII territorial division that has jurisdiction in the Department where the person resides. The OFII will subsequently contact him or her for the compulsory medical and reception appointments. Fees for the issuance of the residency document must be paid on this occasion.

For more informations, please visit the website of OFII


Required Documents:

all the documents must either be in French or translated into English/French by the accredited translators.

The long stay visa (Visa de Long Séjour valant Titre de Séjour or VLS-TS) allows you to stay in France for more than 3 months. Upon arrival in France, you will have to validate your VLS-TS at the OFII.

Please download below OFII form, complete the upper part and submit it with other required documents to the visa officer at your appointment.

Download the OFII form :

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Formulaire OFII (français)
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OFII form (English)

Please fill in the upper part of this OFII form (this form is only available in french) and submit it along with other required documents at your appointment at the consulate.

If your visa is granted, the consulate will stamp this form and give it back. You will then fill in the last portion of it upon your arrival in France and send it to the closest local branch of the OFII of your home in France.

- [1] Passport valid at least three months after the expiry date of the visa + 3 sets of photocopies of the main pages (photo, validity date, visas…)

- [2] 1 long stay visa application forms duly filled out and signed + 2 recent and identical photo ID, format 35mm X 45mm only, with a clear and plain background. Pictures with hat, caps, sunglasses, etc.. will not be accepted (NO CUT OUT OF OR CANADIAN PASSPORT SIZE PICTURE).

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Long stay visa application form
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Formulaire demande visa de long séjour

- Required Photo quality :

PDF - 220.6 kb
Photo requirements

Please glue one picture per form and include the remaining one in an envelope.

- [3] Spouse’s French Carte nationale d’identité or Certificat de nationalité française + photocopy

French passport of the spouse or/and Consular registration card (« Carte consulaire ») or French National Identity Card (« carte nationale d’identité ») or Certificate of French nationality (« certificat de nationalité française ») or the « ampliation du décret de naturalisation ou réintégration » of your French spouse.+ photocopy

National identity card or French national certificate or biometric passport, but excluding the former french national passport which is not a sufficient document by itself.

- [4] French marriage certificate (must be recorded at the French Consulate of the place of marriage) or French Livret de famille + photocopy

A french documentation about your marriage : the " livret de famille", or a recent copy of the French marriage certificate (if the marriage took place in France), or the French official transcription (if your marriage did NOT take place in France (originals + copies)

The French official transcription is compulsory, if your marriage did NOT take place in France.

Warning : this transcription for marriages celebrated overseas takes several weeks/months and has to be processed at the closest consulate from the place of the marriage itself, not your current residence)

- [5] Proof of residency in France of the French spouse or a letter specifying the intention of your spouse and yourself to live in France + photocopy

There are no application fees for this type of visa.

The timeframe for issuing a visa depends on your nationality, even if you hold a Canadian permanent residency card. Processing time takes at least 3-5 working days and it can take for certain applications approximately 15 days.



5. Long stay visa for the Spouse of a European Community Citizen

Citizens from the European Union, the Schengen Zone and the Swiss Confederation do not have to hold a visa nor a resident permit.

European Union countries (EU), European Economic Area (EEA), European Free Trade Association (EFTA) and other countries with international agreements with EU are Germany, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Denmark, Spain, Estonia, Finland, France, United Kingdom, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Czech Republic, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Sweden, Norway, Island, Liechtenstein, Switzerland, Andorra, Monaco, San Marino, Holy See.

If you do bear one of those passports, you do not have to apply for a long stay visa.

However, if you are a citizen from Bulgaria, Czech Republik, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lituania, Poland, Romania, Slovakia or Slovenia you need a permit to work in France.

Family member of a EU citizen needs to obtain only the "entry" visa to France in order to settle in France. If your nationaility does not require to apply for a short term stay visa for the Schengen Area, you do not need a long term stay visa for France.

If your nationaility does require to apply for a short term stay visa B or C for the Schengen Area, you have to apply for a short stay "settlement" visa. Please refer to above the section 3. Short Stay Visa for «Settlement» for the spouse and family member of EU citizen.
to know all the requirements.

Canadian citizens who intend to settle down in France with their EU spouse, do not have to apply for a visa prior to their departure. Upon their arrival to France, they should apply directly for the " Titre de Séjour" at the French "Préfecture" of their residence.

Please contact directly the préfecture nearest to your place of residence in France for detailed requirements for further process to obtain the titre de séjour or residence permit.

To find the correct contact address for your local préfecture, please visit the website of French Ministry of Home Affairs. (in French only)



6. Visa in order to marry in France with a French citizen

As of june 1st, 2009 the specific visa in order to marry in France with a french citizen no longer exists.

If you plan to marry in France with a french citizen but do not intend to settle in france after the marriage, you should apply for a short stay visa for private visit in france (mariage). This visa, if granted, will not allow you to settle in France nor will be tranformed there. Please check the Short stay visa section for further informations.

If you plan to marry in France with a french citizen and plan to settle there as well, you should apply for a long stay visitor visa. When the marriage has been celebrated, your visa will be tranformed afterwards in "a spouse of french citizen" resident card at the french local government (prefecture). Please check the Long stay visa section for more informations.



7. Visa for a foreign minor child or a foreign major child under the care of a French national

This visa is issued to a child who is joining his French parent in France or whose French parent intends to reside in France.

Documents to be provided (originals + one set of copies of all your originals)

Long-stay visa :

You will find below the list of documents that you must provide to file your visa application. You must provide all the originals and one set of photocopies for each document submitted. Visa Services will return the originals of all documents.

1) - Two long-term visa application forms duly completed and signed ;

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Long stay visa application form
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Formulaire demande visa de long séjour

- Required Photo quality :

PDF - 220.6 kb
Photo requirements

2) - Three identification photos, in colour, recent (less than three months), original, in 35 mm X 45 mm format with clear and uniform background. Two photos must be affixed to each form and a third added to the file ;

3) - Original passport + photocopy of principal pages. The passport must be valid for at least 3 months beyond the end of your stay in France. The visa is validated by a self-adhesive label that will be affixed to one of the pages of the passport ;

4) - Supporting evidence of your legal status in Canada : permanent residence card (IMM 1000 not accepted), study or work permit. The holders of study permits or work permits must possess a temporary residence visa permitting re-entry to Canada (original + photocopy ; both sides of the permanent residence card must be photocopied) ;

5) - Evidence of filiation : full copy of the child’s birth certificate or the original of a judgment of adoption plus translation into English or French ;

6) - Evidence of the parent’s French nationality : valid national identification card or certificate of French citizenship or an exemplified copy of the naturalization or reintegration decree of the parent as a French national ;

7) - The consent of both parents to the child’s settlement in France ;

8) - Evidence of the residence of the French parent in France or of his or her intention to reside in France.

If the child is more than 21 years of age :

9) - Proof that he is supported by his French parent.

10) - Evidence of the child’s personal income, of the French parent’s personal income and housing conditions in France ; evidence of support payments paid by the child’s French parent.


Short-stay visa up to 90 days in France :

- Evidence of filiation : full copy of the child’s birth certificate or the original of a judgment of adoption plus translation in French or English.

- Evidence of the parent’s French nationality : valid national identification card or certificate of French citizenship or an exemplified copy of the naturalization or reintegration decree of the parent as a French national.

- For other required evidence, please see the heading “Short-stay visa stay in Metropolitan France for a period of less than 90 days for tourism or a simple visit.”.

Attention :

The Consulate reserves the right to require additional supporting evidence. Filing the documents does not systematically guarantee issuance of a visa. You should not leave your present job, sell your property or commit yourself in any way before receiving your visa.



8. Visa to reside in France for more than 90 days for an ascendant of a French national or for his foreign spouse

This visa is granted to foreign ascendants who wish to reside in France (or at least stay for a period of more than 3 months per 6-month interval) with a descendant (son, daughter, grandson, granddaughter) of French nationality or with a foreign descendant spouse of a French national.

An ascendant may have the intention of settling in France :

either as “a dependent ascendant” if evidence of dependency is provided or as a “non-dependent ascendant” (“visitor”) subject to providing evidence of having the personal financial resources necessary to provide for his livelihood while in France.

Documents to be provided (originals + one set of copies of all your originals)

For a dependent ascendant :

1) - Two long-term visa application forms duly completed and signed.

PDF - 28.4 kb
Long stay visa application form
PDF - 47.8 kb
Formulaire demande visa de long séjour

- Required Photo quality :

PDF - 220.6 kb
Photo requirements

2) - Three identification photos, in colour, recent (less than three months), original, in 35 mm X 45 mm format with clear and uniform background. Two photos must be affixed to each form and a third added to the file.

3) - Original passport + photocopy of principal pages. The passport must be valid for at least 3 months beyond the end of your stay in France. The visa is validated by a self-adhesive label that will be affixed to one of the pages of the passport.

4) - Supporting evidence of your legal status in Canada : permanent residence card (IMM 1000 not accepted), study or work permit. The holders of study permits or work permits must possess a temporary residence visa permitting re-entry to Canada (original + photocopy ; both sides of the permanent residence card must be photocopied.)

5) - A letter outlining the reasons for your application (original + photocopy)

6) - Evidence of the parental affiliation with the descendant, of the French nationality of the descendant or the spouse of the descendant ;

7) - As a dependent ascendant, he or she must prove that the descendant has sufficient means to provide for his livelihood while in France, which implies that his own resources must be inexistent or insufficient to provide for his livelihood in his country of origin, and that the descendant must have contributed for a significant time to the ascendant’s livelihood.

The descendant must prove sufficient resources, taking into consideration his revenue and family obligations, to provide for effective and regular livelihood of the ascendant, including his lodging.

8) - Medical insurance covering the first 3 months of his stay is required.


For a Non-dependent ascendant :

1) - Two long-term visa application forms duly completed and signed.

PDF - 28.4 kb
Long stay visa application form
PDF - 47.8 kb
Formulaire demande visa de long séjour

- Required Photo quality :

PDF - 220.6 kb
Photo requirements

2) - Three identification photos, in colour, recent (less than three months), original, in 35 mm X 45 mm format with clear and uniform background. Two photos must be affixed to each form and a third added to the file.

3) - Original passport + photocopy of principal pages. The passport must be valid for at least 3 months beyond the end of your stay in France. The visa is validated by a self-adhesive label that will be affixed to one of the pages of the passport.

4) - Supporting evidence of your legal status in Canada : permanent residence card (IMM 1000 not accepted), study or work permit. The holders of study permits or work permits must possess a temporary residence visa permitting re-entry to Canada (original + photocopy ; both sides of the permanent residence card must be photocopied.)

5) - A letter outlining the reasons for your application (original + photocopy)

6) - Evidence of the parental affiliation with the descendant, of the French nationality of the descendant or the spouse of the descendant ;

7) - A certificate (extract of criminal record) to be obtained from RCMP headquarters in your place of residence (original + 2 copies) ;

8) - Evidence of residence in France (title to property, deed of sale, lease contract). Attach an electric, telephone bill…) (original + 2 photocopies) ;

9) - Evidence of all financial resources available to the applicant during his stay in France for an amount of C$1,500 per month (original + 2 photocopies) ;

10) - the document establishing the applicant’s social security coverage during his stay in France :

11) - A letter from the provincial insurance company accompanied by additional insurance, original + 1 copy (travel insurance) valid for the entire period of the stay, covering emergency medical and hospital care and the cost of repatriation ;

12) - A solemn undertaking not to be employed during the stay (original + photocopy).

- Français and English :

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attestation_sur_l_honneur

13) - Specific OFII form of which the upper part must be completed by the applicant.

Please download below OFII form, complete the upper part and submit it with other required documents to the visa officer at your appointment.

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Formulaire OFII (français)
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OFII form (English)

Important:

Upon arrival in France, the person must immediately send the specific OFII form signed by the Consulate to the OFII territorial division that has jurisdiction in the Department where the person resides. The OFII will subsequently contact him or her for the compulsory medical and reception appointments. Fees for the issuance of the residency document must be paid on this occasion.

Dernière modification : 15/12/2014

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