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European family member residence card

Verified 10 February 2021 - Legal and Administrative Information Directorate (Prime Minister)

If you European, and whether you're settling in France, your immediate family can accompany or join you. These include your spouse or wife and children under 21 years of age. Non-European adult members of your family must apply for a residence card. If you are French and come back to France after a stay in Europe, you can be accompanied by your close family members under the same conditions.

For the European family

The European adults in your family are not required to hold a residence card.

During the first 5 years of their stay, the title issued to the persons of your family shall be marked family member card of an EU/EEA/Switzerland citizen.

Major members of your family, who have been living in France with you for less than 5 years, can request a Residence card for a family member of a Union/EEA/Switzerland-All professional activities. However, this is not an obligation.

Your family member must apply to your home prefecture.

While waiting for his application to be processed, he receives a receipt.

General case
Who shall I contact

Warning  

it is not possible to do the paperwork in some sub-prefectures. Find out more on your prefecture's website.

  • Your family member's valid identity card or passport
  • Home Information: by any means
  • 3 identity photos
  • Family link justification
    For the spouse: marriage act
    For the child: birth certificate (full copy or extract with filiation)
    For ascendant: birth certificate of the child taking care of you (full copy or extract with filiation)
  • Justification of your right to stay as a host in France (e.g.: employment contract, proof of resources, health insurance, student card)

The residence card family member of a Union citizen is issued free of charge.

The card is delivered by the prefecture or sub-prefecture where the application was filed.

The validity of the card is equivalent to that of your own right to stay in France (5 years maximum). It is renewable.

Répondez aux questions successives et les réponses s’afficheront automatiquement

The card was issued for less than 5 years

The card is renewable under the same conditions as for the 1re issue

One or more cards were issued for 5 consecutive years

General case
Who shall I contact

Warning  

it is not possible to do the paperwork in some sub-prefectures. Find out more on your prefecture's website.

For the family of another nationality

Non-European adults in your family must apply for a residence card, whether they want to work or not.

During the first 5 years of their stay, the title issued to the persons of your family shall be marked family member card of an EU/EEA/Switzerland citizen.

Your family member must apply to your home prefecture within 3 months of entry into France.

While waiting for his application to be processed, he receives a receipt.

Warning  

in case of irregular stay (application lodged more than 3 months after entry), a visa fee to regularise €200 settle by tax stamps will be required upon delivery of the card.

General case
Who shall I contact

Warning  

it is not possible to do the paperwork in some sub-prefectures. Find out more on your prefecture's website.

  • Your family member's valid passport
  • Home Information: by any means
  • 3 identity photos
  • Proof of the family bond (for the spouse, extract of the marriage certificate, for the child, extract of the birth certificate with filiation, for the ascendant, extract of the birth certificate of the child taking care of you)
  • Justification of your right to stay as a host in France (e.g.: employment contract, proof of resources, health insurance, student card)

The residence card family member of a Union citizen issued free.

The card is delivered by the prefecture or sub-prefecture where the application was filed.

Your family member's card is valid for 5 years; if you plan to stay for less than 5 years, the length of your stay is the same. It is renewable.

The renewal of the card must be requested within 2 months of its expiry date.

Répondez aux questions successives et les réponses s’afficheront automatiquement

The card was issued for less than 5 years

The card is renewable under the same conditions as for the 1re issue

One or more cards were issued for 5 consecutive years

General case
Who shall I contact

Warning  

it is not possible to do the paperwork in some sub-prefectures. Find out more on your prefecture's website.