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Can a French man's European spouse or partner settle in France?

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

If you are a citizen of a European country and are married or married to a Frenchman, you have the right to live in France. You can get a residence card. However, this card is not required. After 5 years of legal stay in France, you can acquire a right to permanent residence. The request for a residence permit is made in the prefecture.

You are married

The first 5 years

You may reside in France with your valid identity card or passport.

Unlike other European citizens, you do not have to justify other conditions (such as sufficient resources or a contract of employment or the pursuit of studies).

You can have a professional activity in France. However, you will not be able to occupy public employment.. You must check conditions for the practice of a regulated profession ..

You do not have to hold a residence card. However, if you request it, the prefecture must investigate your case.

You are entitled to card EU - all professional activities valid for 5 yearssubject to the absence of a threat to public order.

Parts to supply

  • Valid identity document or passport
  • Indication of your home (provided by any means)
  • 1 photos identity
  • Full copy of the marriage certificate (proof of the marriage relationship with your French spouse)
  • Valid national identity card of your spouse (or certificate of French nationality of less than 6 months)
  • Declaration of Honor signed by you and your spouse attesting to your common life
  • All documents to establish the community of life (lease agreement, electricity receipt, bank identity statement, tax documents, etc.)

Cost

Issuance of the residence card EU - all professional activities is free.

Its renewal is also free. However, if you do not present your expiring card when applying for a renewal, you will be charged a fee of €25.. You will have to pay by regular tax stamps..

  FYI : pending your request, you will receive a receipt..

Who shall I contact

In Paris:

After 5 years of stay in France

After 5 years of legal residence and continuing with your French husband, you get a right to permanent residence.

You may remain permanently in France, provided that there is no serious threat to public order.

You can request a residence card EU - permanent residence - all professional activities..

Possession of this card is optional.

This card is valid for 10 years and is renewable.

Parts to supply

  • Valid identity document or passport
  • Indication of your home (provided by any means)
  • 1 photos identity
  • Full copy of the marriage certificate (proof of the marriage relationship with your French spouse)
  • Valid national identity card of your spouse (or certificate of French nationality of less than 6 months)
  • Declaration of Honor signed by you and your spouse attesting to your common life
  • All documents to establish the community of life (lease agreement, electricity receipt, bank identity statement, tax documents, etc.)
  • Supporting documents for the previous 5 years:
    • of your stay in France (rent or charge receipts, invoices, etc.)
    • and the continuity of life with your French spouse (documents from administrations such as tax documents or private bodies such as banking documents).

Cost

Issuance of the residence card EU - permanent residence - all professional activities is free.

Its renewal is also free. However, if you do not present your expiring card when applying for a renewal, you will be charged a fee of €25.. You will have to pay by regular tax stamps..

  FYI : pending your request, you will receive a receipt..

Who shall I contact

In Paris:

You are passionate

The first 5 years

You may reside in France with your valid identity card or passport.

Unlike other European citizens, you have no other conditions to fulfill (such as justifying sufficient resources or a contract of employment or study in France).

You can have a professional activity in France. However, you will not be able to occupy public employment.. You must check conditions for the practice of a regulated profession ..

You do not have to hold a residence card. However, if you request it, the prefecture must investigate your case.

You are entitled to a card EU - all professional activitiessubject to the absence of a threat to public order.

To do this, you must have at least 1 year of living together (in France and/or abroad) with your French partner.

Your card is valid for a minimum of 1 year (renewable) and a maximum of 5 years.

Parts to supply

  • Valid identity document or passport
  • Home information: provided by any means
  • 1 photos identity
  • Valid national identity card of your Pacs partner (or certificate of French nationality of less than 6 months)
  • Proof of your longevity of common life over 1 year minimum with your partner (loan, common housing, joint account, etc.) for 1re issuance and if necessary, for renewals, of the continuity of your common life

Cost

Issuance of the residence card EU - all professional activities is free.

Its renewal is also free. However, if you do not present your expiring card when applying for a renewal, you will be charged a fee of €25.. You will have to pay by regular tax stamps..

  FYI : pending your request, you will receive a receipt..

Who shall I contact

In Paris:

After 5 years of stay in France

After 5 years of legal and continuous residence in France with your partner of French Pacs, you can obtain a right to permanent residence.

You may remain permanently in France, provided that there is no serious threat to public order.

You must be able to prove the continuity of your residence and your right to stay in your personal capacity over the previous 5 years.

You can request a residence card EU - permanent residence - all professional activities..

Possession of this card is also optional.

This card is valid for 10 years and is renewable.

Parts to supply

  • Valid identity document or passport
  • Home information: provided by any means
  • 1 photos identity
  • Valid national identity card of your partner (or certificate of French nationality of less than 6 months)
  • Supporting documents for the previous 5 years:
    • of your stay in France (rent or charge receipts, invoices, etc.),
    • of your common life with your French partner (loan, common accommodation, joint account, etc.) except for the periods covered by a residence permit (however you will always be asked for the supporting documents relating to the last year)

Cost 

Issuance of the residence card EU - permanent residence - all professional activities is free.

Its renewal is also free. However, if you do not present your expiring card when applying for a renewal, you will be charged a fee of €25.. You will have to pay by regular tax stamps..

  FYI : pending your request, you will receive a receipt..

Who shall I contact

In Paris: