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Can the family already in France benefit from family reunification?

Verified 26 juillet 2019 - Directorate for Legal and Administrative Information (Prime Minister)

Maghreb or Sub-Saharan Africa

Yes, spouses and children from abroad already in France can benefit from family reunification on the spot.

The spouse must live in France under cover of a residence card of 1 year minimum.

This is particularly the case when the beneficiary spouse stays in France under the status of employee, temporary worker, student or visitor..

The other conditions to be fulfilled by the applicant and the beneficiaries of the combination shall be the same as for the normal procedure (minus the visa application).

If agreed, the spouse and children from the Maghreb or sub-Saharan Africa receive resident card (valid for 10 years), if the foreign national from whom the group originated holds such a title. Otherwise, they receive a one-year residence card. Minor children receive a circulation document for foreign minor..

Other nationality

Yes, spouses and children from abroad already in France can benefit from family reunification on the spot.

The spouse must live in France under cover of a residence card of 1 year minimum.

This is particularly the case when the beneficiary spouse stays in France under the status of employee, temporary worker, student or visitor..

The other conditions to be fulfilled by the applicant and the beneficiaries of the combination shall be the same as for the normal procedure (minus the visa application).

In the event of an agreement, the beneficiary spouse and the adult children shall receive a temporary residence card family and private life (valid for 1 year). Minor children receive a circulation document for foreign minor..