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Can a foreign spouse of a Frenchman stay in France?

Verified 16 août 2019 - Directorate for Legal and Administrative Information (Prime Minister)

Yes, if you are a foreigner and married to a French national, you can obtain a residence permit, subject to conditions, to live with your spouse in France.

  Warning : this procedure does not apply to an alien who is a national of European country, or members of his family living in France with him.

To be recognized in France, your marriage must have been celebrated by a French civil registrar or have been transcribed on the French civil registry.

General case

You must enter France with a long-stay visa valid as a residence permit (VLS-TS).. This visa allows you to stay in France for 1 year.

After 1 year of stay, you can ask, as a spouse of French, multi-year residence card family and private life (valid for 2 years).

After 3 years of stay, you have the right to request a 10-year resident card..

These residence permits are issued provided that your community of life has not stopped.

In case you have entered without long stay visa, you can be admitted in France on 1re year of your stay with a "private and family life" card, provided that:

  • to have entered France regularly on a short-stay visa (or to be of a nationality exempt from a tourist visa),
  • to be married in France with a Frenchman,
  • and to live in France for more than 6 months with your spouse.
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  FYI : after 4 years of marriage (exceptionally 5), you can request French nationality..

Algerian spouses

You must enter the territory regularly with a visa.

1re year of your stay, you can get 1-year residence certificate marked "private and family life"..

First renewal of the 1-year residence certificate as spouse of French is issued subject to the justification of a real community of life between the spouses.

After 3 residence certificates of 1 year, you have the right to apply for a 10-year resident card..

  FYI : after 4 years of marriage (exceptionally 5), you can request French nationality..

Tunisian husband

You must enter France with a long-stay visa valid as a residence permit (VLS-TS).. This visa allows you to stay in France for 1 year.

After 1 year of stay, you can ask, as a spouse of French, multi-year residence card family and private life (valid for 2 years).

If at the time of renewal you can justify 1 year marriage, you will automatically be able to benefit, as a spouse of French, from 10-year resident card, subject to the regularity of your stay.

These residence permits are issued provided that your community of life has not stopped.

In case you have entered without long stay visa, you can be admitted in France on 1re year of your stay with a "family and private life" card, subject to conditions.

  FYI : after 4 years of marriage (exceptionally 5), you can request French nationality..