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10-year resident card of a foreigner in France

Verified 12 December 2022 - Directorate for Legal and Administrative Information (Prime Minister)

You have family ties in France or services to France (e.g., Foreign Legion) or you benefit international protection (refugee for example)? You can apply for a 10-year resident card under certain conditions. It may be given to you as first residence permit or as a renewal of a temporary or multi-annual card.

We explain the steps to follow.

Warning  

other rules apply if you are European, Algerian or originating in a country with France an agreement on migration flows.Agreements on the management of migratory flows

The resident card entitles you to stay in France. She allows you to work. Your employer does not have to apply for work authorisation.

Step 1: Check if you meet the conditions

The resident card is issued to you if: ::

  • You have been married to a French person for at least 3 years (or at least 1 year if you are Tunisian)
  • Your community is effective
  • Your spouse has retained French nationality
  • If your marriage was celebrated abroad, it must have been transcribed previously on the French civil registry

You must also meet arepublican integration. This condition shall be examined in particular in the light of the following criteria:

To examine your integration into the French business, the Prefect takes into account the conclusion and follow-up of your republican integration contract. As part of this, the mayor of your home is asked for an opinion.

2nd step: Make an appointment

You must submit your card application to the prefecture (or sub-prefecture) of your home, 2 months before the end of your visa (or residence permit).

In most prefectures, you have to make an appointment. Find out more on the Prefecture's website.

Who shall I contact
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.

Step 3: Buy the tax stamp

You have to pay €225 (stamp duty of €25 and tax €200) by tax stamps.

If you have entered without a long-stay visa, you must pay extra €200 of the right of visa for regularisation by tax stamps (including €50 to be paid upon filing of the application and not refundable in the event of refusal to issue the security).

You will need to provide proof of payment upon delivery of the card.

You can buy the tax stamp on the Internet or in a tobacco office.

If you file your application after the deadline, except in cases of force majeure or presentation of a valid visa, you will have to pay, in addition to the cost of the card, a visa fee to regularise €180.

On the Internet

You can purchase your tax stamp using the following online service:

Buy Tax Stamp Online - Title for foreigner

Payment is possible with the following bank cards:

  • Blue Card (CB) and Blue Card
  • Visa
  • Mastercard

However, payment by Paypal or American Express card is not accepted.

The electronic stamp can be issued in 2 formats:

  • A PDF document with a 2D code that can also be scanned directly from a phone or tablet by the department responsible for receiving your request
  • A text message with the 16-digit stamp ID that will be accepted by the agent responsible for processing your file

Request a Tax Stamp Refund

In a tobacco office

You can buy a tax stamp from a tobacco office, if the business is equipped to edit it.

Warning  

do not buy a fine stamp by mistake.

Step 4: Prepare the documents to be provided

You must prepare documents to complete your application. These documents vary depending on your situation.

  • Long-stay visa or valid residence permit
  • 3 year proof of regular stay : residence cards, renewal certificates
  • Full copy of the marriage certificate corresponding to the situation at the time of application (in case of marriage celebrated abroad: transcription of the marriage on the French civil register)
  • Passport (pages on marital status, validity dates, entry stamps and visas). Otherwise, other supporting documents (e.g. consular certificate, identity card, consular card).
  • 3 photos. If the request is made on the Internet: indicate the code of the e-photo (provided by the photographer or the approved cabin on the photo board).
  • Medical certificate issued by theOfii: titleContent (to be remitted at the time of delivery of the security)
  • Statement on the honour of no polygamy in France if you are married and are a national of a country that allows it
  • Proof of your spouse's French nationality: valid passport, valid national identity card or certificate of French nationality of less than 6 months
  • Community of life justifications:
    • Statement on the joint honour of your common life
    • All documents to establish this community of life (lease contract, EDF receipt, RIB: titleContent, etc.), unless it has been broken up as a result of domestic or family violence
  • Justifications of your Republican integration: declaration on honour concerning respect for the principles of the French Republic (given to the prefecture). You must also prove your sufficient knowledge of the French language (diploma, test or language certificate), unless you are over 65 years of age.

5th step: Go to the appointment

You must go to this appointment in person.

If your file is complete, you will receive a revived pending the prefecture's response.

Please note

your french-speaking spouse must be present at the time of appointment or filing in the prefecture (except in cases of domestic violence).

Step 6: Delivery of the residence card once it is available

You are informed by the prefecture that your title is available.

The card is given to you by the prefecture or sub-prefecture of your home (depending on the place where your application is submitted).

In most prefectures, you have to make an appointment.

Find out more on the Prefecture's website.

Resident card is valid 10 years and shall be renewable.

However, it is no longer valid if you leave France for more than 3 consecutive years.

You can ask to extend this period by 3 years. It is the prefect who decides whether the reasons given justify the requested extension. It is granted if your absence is justified by particular events: hospitalisation, military service, a reason professional or family, etc.

When renewing your residency card, you can ask for:

Step 7: What to do if you refuse?

If you meet the conditions for issuing the residence card, the prefect must enter the residence permit committee for opinion, if he plans to refuse to issue you the card.

To be heard by the committee, you will receive a notice by mail at least 15 days before its meeting date.

You are informed of your right:

  • be assisted by a lawyer or any person of your choice,
  • be heard with the assistance of an interpreter,
  • and possibly benefit during this procedure legal aid.

You can explain the reasons and circumstances of your application for a residence permit.

You also have the right to request that the mayor of your municipality of residence (or his or her representative) be present and heard.

If you do not have a residence card or if your card is out of date, you will be given a provisional residence document.

Your explanations are sent to the Prefect with the reasoned opinion of the Committee on the residence permit. The opinion of the commission is also communicated to you.

FYI  

the prefect may decide not to issue the card to you, even if the commission has given a favourable opinion.

The deadlines for challenging are different depending on whether you have received a response from the prefecture.

Répondez aux questions successives et les réponses s’afficheront automatiquement

If the prefect has notified you of the refusal

The decision of the Prefect is yours notified by reasoned letter (explicit decision). Except where otherwise provided, such refusal shall be accompanied by obligation to leave French territory (OQTF) fixing the country where you will be returned.

You can form a litigation before the administrative tribunal (within 48 hours, 15 days or 30 days depending on the type of OQTF).

No reply from the Prefect on your request

If the prefecture did not respond after 4 months, it is an implicit refusal.

You can then train within 2 months of this refusal:

The resident card entitles you to stay in France. She allows you to work. Your employer does not have to apply for work authorisation.

Step 1: Check if you meet the conditions

The resident card is issued to you if the following conditions are met:

  • You are the spouse or child under the age of 19 foreigner who has a resident card, entered in France by family reunion
  • You have been residing regularly and uninterrupted for at least 3 years in France

2nd step: Make an appointment

You must submit your application for a resident card to the prefecture or sub-prefecture of your home, in the 2 months before the end date of your residence permit. If you have become of age, you must file your application before the end of the year following your 18e anniversary.

Find out more on your prefecture's website.

Who shall I contact
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.

Step 3: Buy the tax stamp

You have to pay €225 (stamp duty of €25 and tax €200) by tax stamps.

If you have entered without a long-stay visa, you must pay extra €200 of the right of visa for regularisation by tax stamps (including €50 to be paid upon filing of the application and not refundable in the event of refusal to issue the security).

You will need to provide proof of payment upon delivery of the card.

You can buy the tax stamp on the Internet or in a tobacco office.

If you file your application after the deadline, except in cases of force majeure or presentation of a valid visa, you will have to pay, in addition to the cost of the card, a visa fee to regularise €180.

On the Internet

You can purchase your tax stamp using the following online service:

Buy Tax Stamp Online - Title for foreigner

Payment is possible with the following bank cards:

  • Blue Card (CB) and Blue Card
  • Visa
  • Mastercard

However, payment by Paypal or American Express card is not accepted.

The electronic stamp can be issued in 2 formats:

  • A PDF document with a 2D code that can also be scanned directly from a phone or tablet by the department responsible for receiving your request
  • A text message with the 16-digit stamp ID that will be accepted by the agent responsible for processing your file

Request a Tax Stamp Refund

In a tobacco office

You can buy a tax stamp from a tobacco office, if the business is equipped to edit it.

Warning  

do not buy a fine stamp by mistake.

Step 4: Prepare the documents to be provided

You must prepare documents to complete your application. These documents vary depending on your situation.

  • Passport (pages on marital status, validity dates, entry stamps and visas). Otherwise, other supporting documents (e.g. consular certificate, identity card, consular card).
  • 3 photos. If the request is made on the Internet: indicate the code of the e-photo (provided by the photographer or the approved cabin on the photo board).
  • Long-stay visa issued under family reunification
  • Decision on authorisation of family reunification
  • Valid residence permit
  • Residence permit of the person you have joined
  • If you are the spouse:
    • Declaration of Honour of your common life
    • Extract of marriage certificate corresponding to the situation at the time of application
  • Proof of regular residence not interrupted for at least 3 years (residence cards and renewal receipts, school certificate, tax notice, etc.)
  • Justifications of your Republican integration: declaration on honour concerning respect for the principles of the French Republic (given to the prefecture). You must also prove your sufficient knowledge of the French language (diploma, test or language attestation) unless you are over 65 years of age.
  • Statement on the honour of no polygamy in France if you are married and are a national of a country that allows it

FYI  

foreign-language civil status documents must be accompanied by translation into French by a certified interpreter translator.

5th step: Go to the appointment

You must go to this appointment in person.

If your file is complete, you will receive a revived pending the prefecture's response.

Step 6: Delivery of the residence card once it is available

You are informed by the prefecture that your title is available.

The card is given to you by the prefecture or sub-prefecture of your home (depending on the place where your application is submitted).

In most prefectures, you have to make an appointment.

Find out more on the Prefecture's website.

Resident card is valid 10 years and shall be renewable.

However, it is no longer valid if you leave France for more than 3 consecutive years.

You can ask to extend this period by 3 years. It is the prefect who decides whether the reasons given justify the requested extension. It is granted if your absence is justified by particular events: hospitalisation, military service, a reason professional or family, etc.

When renewing your residency card, you can ask for:

Step 7: What to do if you refuse?

If you meet the conditions for issuing the residence card, the prefect must enter the residence permit committee for opinion, if he plans to refuse to issue you the card.

To be heard by the committee, you will receive a notice by mail at least 15 days before its meeting date.

You are informed of your right:

  • be assisted by a lawyer or any person of your choice,
  • be heard with the assistance of an interpreter,
  • and possibly benefit during this procedure legal aid.

You can explain the reasons and circumstances of your application for a residence permit.

You also have the right to request that the mayor of your municipality of residence (or his or her representative) be present and heard.

If you do not have a residence card or if your card is out of date, you will be given a provisional residence document.

Your explanations are sent to the Prefect with the reasoned opinion of the Committee on the residence permit. The opinion of the commission is also communicated to you.

FYI  

the prefect may decide not to issue the card to you, even if the commission has given a favourable opinion.

The deadlines for challenging are different depending on whether you have received a response from the prefecture.

Répondez aux questions successives et les réponses s’afficheront automatiquement

If the prefect has notified you of the refusal

The decision of the Prefect is yours notified by reasoned letter (explicit decision). Except where otherwise provided, such refusal shall be accompanied by obligation to leave French territory (OQTF) fixing the country where you will be returned.

You can form a litigation before the administrative tribunal (within 48 hours, 15 days or 30 days depending on the type of OQTF).

No reply from the Prefect on your request

If the prefecture did not respond after 4 months, it is an implicit refusal.

You can then train within 2 months of this refusal:

The resident card entitles you to stay in France. She allows you to work. Your employer does not have to apply for work authorisation.

Step 1: Check if you meet the conditions

The resident card is issued to you if the following conditions are met:

  • You are the father or mother of a French child residing in France
  • As such, you have a residence card for at least 3 years family life (you must always meet the criteria for obtaining this card)

2nd step: Make an appointment

You must submit your card application to the prefecture (or sub-prefecture) of your home, 2 months before the end of your visa (or residence permit).

In most prefectures, you have to make an appointment.

Find out more on the Prefecture's website.

Who shall I contact
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.

Step 3: Buy the tax stamp

You have to pay €225 (stamp duty of €25 and tax €200) by tax stamps.

If you have entered without a long-stay visa, you must pay extra €200 of the right of visa for regularisation by tax stamps (including €50 to be paid upon filing of the application and not refundable in the event of refusal to issue the security).

You will need to provide proof of payment upon delivery of the card.

You can buy the tax stamp on the Internet or in a tobacco office.

If you file your application after the deadline, except in cases of force majeure or presentation of a valid visa, you will have to pay, in addition to the cost of the card, a visa fee to regularise €180.

On the Internet

You can purchase your tax stamp using the following online service:

Buy Tax Stamp Online - Title for foreigner

Payment is possible with the following bank cards:

  • Blue Card (CB) and Blue Card
  • Visa
  • Mastercard

However, payment by Paypal or American Express card is not accepted.

The electronic stamp can be issued in 2 formats:

  • A PDF document with a 2D code that can also be scanned directly from a phone or tablet by the department responsible for receiving your request
  • A text message with the 16-digit stamp ID that will be accepted by the agent responsible for processing your file

Request a Tax Stamp Refund

In a tobacco office

You can buy a tax stamp from a tobacco office, if the business is equipped to edit it.

Warning  

do not buy a fine stamp by mistake.

Step 4: Prepare the documents to be provided

You must prepare documents to complete your application. These documents vary depending on your situation.

  • Full copy of birth certificate (unless you already have a residence card) with the latest information
  • Passport (pages on marital status, validity dates, entry stamps and visas). Otherwise, other supporting documents (e.g. consular certificate, identity card, consular card).
  • Valid residence permit
  • 3 year proof of regular stay as a parent of a French child: residence cards, renewal receipts
  • 3 photos. If the request is made on the Internet: indicate the code of the e-photo (provided by the photographer or the approved cabin on the photo board).
  • Statement on the honour of no polygamy in France if you are married and are a national of a country that allows it
  • Birth certificate of the child (copy or extract with filiation) corresponding to the situation at the time of application)
  • Evidence of actual contribution to the maintenance and upbringing of the child since birth or for at least 2 years: payment of a pension, purchases for the child, for example
  • If the relationship with the French parent results from a filiation recognition ::
    • Evidence of actual contribution to the maintenance and upbringing of the child since birth or for at least 2 years: payment of a pension, purchases for the child, for example.
    • If not, the decision of the court ordering you to fulfil your obligations (payment of alimony or financial contribution)
  • Proof of residence in France of the child (proof by all means): certificate of schooling or nursery, presence of the child at the request, for example
  • Justifications of your Republican integration: declaration on honour concerning respect for the principles of the French Republic (given to the prefecture). You must also prove your sufficient knowledge of the French language (diploma, test or language attestation) unless you are over 65 years of age.

5th step: Go to the appointment

You must go to this appointment in person.

If your file is complete, you will receive a revived pending the prefecture's response.

Step 6: Delivery of the residence card once it is available

You are informed by the prefecture that your title is available.

The card is given to you by the prefecture or sub-prefecture of your home (depending on the place where your application is submitted).

In most prefectures, you have to make an appointment.

Find out more on the Prefecture's website.

Resident card is valid 10 years and renewable.

However, it is no longer valid if you leave France for more than 3 consecutive years.

You can ask to extend this period by 3 years. It is the prefect who decides whether the reasons given justify the requested extension. It is granted if your absence is justified by particular events: hospitalisation, military service, a reason professional or family, etc.

When renewing your residency card, you can ask for:

Step 7: What to do if you refuse?

If you meet the conditions for issuing the residence card, the prefect must enter the residence permit committee for opinion, if he plans to refuse to issue you the card.

To be heard by the committee, you will receive a notice by mail at least 15 days before its meeting date.

You are informed of your right:

  • be assisted by a lawyer or any person of your choice,
  • be heard with the assistance of an interpreter,
  • and possibly benefit during this procedure legal aid.

You can explain the reasons and circumstances of your application for a residence permit.

You also have the right to request that the mayor of your municipality of residence (or his or her representative) be present and heard.

If you do not have a residence card or if your card is out of date, you will be given a provisional residence document.

Your explanations are sent to the Prefect with the reasoned opinion of the Committee on the residence permit. The opinion of the commission is also communicated to you.

FYI  

the prefect may decide not to issue the card to you, even if the commission has given a favourable opinion.

The deadlines for challenging are different depending on whether you have received a response from the prefecture.

Répondez aux questions successives et les réponses s’afficheront automatiquement

If the prefect has notified you of the refusal

The decision of the Prefect is yours notified by reasoned letter (explicit decision). Except where otherwise provided, such refusal shall be accompanied by obligation to leave French territory (OQTF) fixing the country where you will be returned.

You can form a litigation before the administrative tribunal (within 48 hours, 15 days or 30 days depending on the type of OQTF).

No reply from the Prefect on your request

If the prefecture did not respond after 4 months, it is an implicit refusal.

You can then train within 2 months of this refusal:

The resident card entitles you to stay in France. She allows you to work. Your employer does not have to apply for work authorisation.

Step 1: Check if you meet the conditions

The conditions for obtaining the resident card differ depending on your case.

Répondez aux questions successives et les réponses s’afficheront automatiquement

Children of French

The residence card is issued to you if you are the foreigner child of a French national and if you meet one of the following conditions:

  • You are between 18 and 21 years old
  • You are between 16 and 18 years of age and declare that you want to work
  • You're in charge of your parents

In any case, you should not be a threat to public order.

Please note

if you are a child of French, you must have filiation legally established. If you have been adopted abroad, you must have regular adoption.

Dependent of a French

The residence card is issued to you if you are a parent (father or mother) or in-laws dependent on a Frenchman.

You must have entered France with a long-stay visa (for a stay of more than 3 months).

You must not constitute a threat to public order.

2nd step: Make an appointment

You must submit your card application to the prefecture (or sub-prefecture) of your home, 2 months before the end of your visa (or residence permit).

In most prefectures, you have to make an appointment.

Find out more on the Prefecture's website.

Who shall I contact
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.

Step 3: Buy the tax stamp

You have to pay €225 (stamp duty of €25 and tax €200) by tax stamps.

If you have entered without a long-stay visa, you must pay extra €200 of the right of visa for regularisation by tax stamps (including €50 to be paid upon filing of the application and not refundable in the event of refusal to issue the security).

You will need to provide proof of payment upon delivery of the card.

You can buy the tax stamp on the Internet or in a tobacco office.

If you file your application after the deadline, except in cases of force majeure or presentation of a valid visa, you will have to pay, in addition to the cost of the card, a visa fee to regularise €180.

On the Internet

You can purchase your tax stamp using the following online service:

Buy Tax Stamp Online - Title for foreigner

Payment is possible with the following bank cards:

  • Blue Card (CB) and Blue Card
  • Visa
  • Mastercard

However, payment by Paypal or American Express card is not accepted.

The electronic stamp can be issued in 2 formats:

  • A PDF document with a 2D code that can also be scanned directly from a phone or tablet by the department responsible for receiving your request
  • A text message with the 16-digit stamp ID that will be accepted by the agent responsible for processing your file

Request a Tax Stamp Refund

In a tobacco office

You can buy a tax stamp from a tobacco office, if the business is equipped to edit it.

Warning  

do not buy a fine stamp by mistake.

Step 4: Prepare the documents to be provided

You must prepare documents to complete your application. These documents vary depending on your situation.

Children of French
  • Long-stay visa or valid residence permit
  • Full copy of birth certificate with the latest information
  • Passport (pages on marital status, validity dates, entry stamps and visas). Otherwise, other supporting documents (e.g. consular certificate, identity card, consular card).
  • 3 photos. If the request is made on the Internet: indicate the code of the e-photo (provided by the photographer or the approved cabin on the photo board).
  • Statement on the honour of no polygamy in France if you are married and are a national of a country that allows it
  • Proof of French nationality of the French parent(s): valid passport, valid national identity card or certificate of French nationality (document of less than 6 months)
  • Proof of affiliation with the French parent(s): birth certificate (full copy or extract with filiation), simple or full adoption judgement (corresponding to the situation at the time of application)
  • If you are over the age of 21, proof of care by your French parent(s):
    • Resource voucher for your French parent(s): tax notice, salary slip, accommodation certificate, financial payment, rental contract, deed of ownership, etc.
    • Proof of lack of resources: tax or non-tax notice, account statement, medical certificate attesting to a disability that prevents you from working or performing everyday acts, etc.
Dependent of a French
  • Long-stay visa or valid residence permit
  • Passport (pages on marital status, validity dates, entry stamps and visas). Otherwise, other supporting documents (e.g. consular certificate, identity card, consular card).
  • 3 photos. If the request is made on the Internet: indicate the code of the e-photo (provided by the photographer or the approved cabin on the photo board).
  • Medical certificate issued by theOfii: titleContent (to be remitted at the time of delivery of the security)
  • Statement on the honour of no polygamy in France if you are married and are a national of a country that allows it
  • Evidence of the French nationality of your child or spouse: valid passport, valid national identity card or certificate of French nationality (document less than 6 months)
  • Proof that you are the father or mother of a Frenchman or that your foreigner child is the spouse of a Frenchman
  • Justification of the resources of your French child (and of his or her spouse if necessary): tax notice, bank certificates, salary slips, accommodation certificate, rental contract, deed of ownership, etc.
  • Justification for your lack of resources: pension or benefit payments and their amounts, regular financial payments from your French child, for example

5th step: Go to the appointment

You must go to this appointment in person.

If your file is complete, you will receive a revived pending the prefecture's response.

Step 6: Delivery of the residence card once it is available

You are informed by the prefecture that your title is available.

The card is given to you by the prefecture or sub-prefecture of your home (depending on the place where your application is submitted).

In most prefectures, you have to make an appointment.

Find out more on the Prefecture's website.

Resident card is valid 10 years and renewable.

However, it is no longer valid if you leave France for more than 3 consecutive years.

You can ask to extend this period by 3 years. It is the prefect who decides whether the reasons given justify the requested extension. It is granted if your absence is justified by particular events: hospitalisation, military service, a reason professional or family, etc.

When renewing your residency card, you can ask for:

Step 7: What to do if you refuse?

If you meet the conditions for issuing the residence card, the prefect must enter the residence permit committee for opinion, if he plans to refuse to issue you the card.

To be heard by the committee, you will receive a notice by mail at least 15 days before its meeting date.

You are informed of your right:

  • be assisted by a lawyer or any person of your choice,
  • be heard with the assistance of an interpreter,
  • and possibly benefit during this procedure legal aid.

You can explain the reasons and circumstances of your application for a residence permit.

You also have the right to request that the mayor of your municipality of residence (or his or her representative) be present and heard.

If you do not have a residence card or if your card is out of date, you will be given a provisional residence document.

Your explanations are sent to the Prefect with the reasoned opinion of the Committee on the residence permit. The opinion of the commission is also communicated to you.

FYI  

the prefect may decide not to issue the card to you, even if the commission has given a favourable opinion.

The deadlines for challenging are different depending on whether you have received a response from the prefecture.

Répondez aux questions successives et les réponses s’afficheront automatiquement

If the prefect has notified you of the refusal

The decision of the Prefect is yours notified by reasoned letter (explicit decision). Except where otherwise provided, such refusal shall be accompanied by obligation to leave French territory (OQTF) fixing the country where you will be returned.

You can form a litigation before the administrative tribunal (within 48 hours, 15 days or 30 days depending on the type of OQTF).

No reply from the Prefect on your request

If the prefecture did not respond after 4 months, it is an implicit refusal.

You can then train within 2 months of this refusal:

The resident card entitles you to stay in France. She allows you to work. Your employer does not have to apply for work authorisation.

Step 1: Check if you meet the conditions

The conditions for obtaining the residency card differ depending on your situation.

Répondez aux questions successives et les réponses s’afficheront automatiquement

Refugee and his family

The resident card is issued:

  • if you obtained refugee status,
  • or if you are part of the refugee's family:
    • In case of marriage, civil union or cohabitation prior to the date of submission of the application for asylum: spouse, cohabiting partner or civil union partner of the refugee, authorised to stay in France under family reunification
    • In the case of marriage or civil union after the date of submission of the application for asylum: spouse or civil partnership of the refugee, if the marriage or civil union has been celebrated for at least one year and the community between spouses or partners
    • Children under 19 years of the refugee
    • Parents of a recognised refugee child entered as isolated minor in France

Please note

if you are a refugee child, you must have  filiation legally established. If you have been adopted abroad, you must have regular adoption.

Stateless and his family

The resident card is issued:

  • if you have been granted stateless status and have held a multi-annual residence permit for 4 years,
  • or if you are a member of the family of a stateless person and have held a multi-annual residence permit for 4 years:
    • In case of marriage, civil union or cohabitation previous on the date of submission of the application for asylum: spouse, concubine or partner of civil union of the refugee, authorised to stay in France under family reunification

    • In case of marriage or civil union back on the date of application for asylum: spouse or partner of civil union, if the marriage or civil union has been celebrated for at least 1 year and community between spouses or partners

    • Children of the foreigner recognised as stateless, unmarried and aged 19 or over
    • Parents of a stateless minor child if unmarried. Parents may be accompanied, if necessary, by their unmarried minor children for whom they are actually responsible.

Please note

if you are a stateless child, you must have filiation legally established. If you have been adopted abroad, you must have regular adoption.

Beneficiary of subsidiary protection and family

The resident card is issued:

  • if you have been a beneficiary of subsidiary protection and have held a multi-annual residence permit for 4 years,
  • or if you are part of the family of a beneficiary of subsidiary protection and have held a multi-annual residence permit for 4 years:
    • In case of marriage, civil union or cohabitation previous on the date of submission of the application for asylum: spouse, concubine or partner of civil union of the refugee, authorised to stay in France under family reunification
    • In case of marriage or civil union back on the date of application for asylum: spouse or partner of civil union, if the marriage or civil union has been celebrated for at least 1 year and community between spouses or partners
    • Children of the beneficiary of subsidiary protection, unmarried and aged not more than 19
    • Parents of a minor child receiving subsidiary protection if unmarried. Parents may be accompanied, if necessary, by their unmarried minor children for whom they are actually responsible.

Please note

if you are a stateless child, you must have filiation legally established. If you have been adopted abroad, you must have regular adoption.

2nd step: Buy the fiscal stamp

You must pay the following:

  • Refugee and his family:
    • 1re asks:  €25 (stamp duty) by tax stamps
    • Renewal and duplicate: €225 (stamp duty of €25 + tax €200) by tax stamps
  • Homeland and family:
    • 1re card issue: free
    • Renewal and duplicate: €225(stamp duty of €25 + tax €200) by tax stamps
  • Subsidiary Protected and Family:
    • 1re card issue: free
    • Renewal and duplicate: €225 (stamp duty of €25 + tax €200) by tax stamps

The proof of payment is required when the card is handed over to the prefecture or sub-prefecture of your home (depending on the place where your application is lodged).

Step 3: Prepare the documents to be provided

You must prepare documents to complete your application. These documents vary depending on your situation.

Refugee and his family

Refugee

  • 3 photos. If the request is made on the Internet: indicate the code of the e-photo (provided by the photographer or the approved cabin on the photo board).
  • Decision of theOfpra: titleContent or CNDA: titleContent assigning you refugee status
  • Certificate of civil status (forwarded by Ofpra to the prefecture)
  • Statement on the honour of no polygamy in France if you are married and are a national of a country that allows it

Refugee family

  • Full copy of birth certificate (unless you already have a residence card) with the latest information
  • Passport (pages on marital status, validity dates, entry stamps and visas). Otherwise, other supporting documents (e.g. consular certificate, identity card, consular card).
  • 3 photos. If the request is made on the Internet: indicate the code of the e-photo (provided by the photographer or the approved cabin on the photo board).
  • Statement on the honour of no polygamy in France if you are married and are a national of a country that allows it
  • If you apply for the resident card at the same time as the refugee:Ofpra: titleContent or CNDA: titleContent granting refugee status
  • Proof of family connection with the refugee: proof of marriage or civil union or proof of filiation for children and ascendants
Stateless and his family

Stateless

  • 3 photos. If the request is made on the Internet: indicate the code of the e-photo (provided by the photographer or the approved cabin on the photo board).
  • Decision of theOfpra: titleContent assigning you stateless status
  • Certificate of civil status (forwarded by Ofpra to the prefecture)
  • Proof of domicile less than 6 months old (or declaration of domicile)
  • Valid residence permit
  • Evidence of 4 years of regular residence (temporary or multi-annual residence cards issued as stateless persons)
  • Statement on the honour of no polygamy in France if you are married and are a national of a country that allows it

Stateless family

  • Full copy of birth certificate (unless you already have a residence card) with the latest information
  • Valid residence permit
  • Passport (pages on marital status, validity dates, entry stamps and visas). Otherwise, other supporting documents (e.g. consular certificate, identity card, consular card).
  • 3 photos. If the request is made on the Internet: indicate the code of the e-photo (provided by the photographer or the approved cabin on the photo board).
  • Statement on the honour of no polygamy in France if you are married and are a national of a country that allows it
  • Decision of theOfpra: titleContent assigning stateless status to your spouse, partner, partner or parent
  • Proof of family connection with the refugee: proof of marriage or civil union or proof of filiation for children and ascendants
  • If you have arrived in France under family reunification: medical certificate issued by the Ofii (at the latest at the time of the delivery of the residence permit)
  • Evidence of 4 years of regular residence (temporary or multi-annual residence cards issued as a member of the family of stateless persons)
  • If your application is later than that of the stateless person: resident card issued to your spouse, partner, spouse or parent who is a stateless person
Beneficiary of subsidiary protection and family

Subsidiary protection beneficiary

  • Certificate of civil status (transmitted by theOfpra: titleContent prefecture)
  • 3 photos. If the request is made on the Internet: indicate the code of the e-photo (provided by the photographer or the approved cabin on the photo board).
  • Statement on the honour of no polygamy in France if you are married and are a national of a country that allows it
  • Decision of the Ofpra or the CNDA: titleContent granting you subsidiary protection
  • Valid residence permit
  • Evidence of 4 years of regular residence (temporary or multi-annual residence cards issued as a subsidiary protected)

Family of the beneficiary of subsidiary protection

  • Full copy of birth certificate (unless you already have a residence card) with the latest information
  • Passport (pages on marital status, validity dates, entry stamps and visas). Otherwise, other supporting documents (e.g. consular certificate, identity card, consular card).
  • 3 photos. If the request is made on the Internet: indicate the code of the e-photo (provided by the photographer or the approved cabin on the photo board).
  • Decision of theOfpra: titleContent or CNDA: titleContent granting subsidiary protection
  • Proof of family connection with the refugee: proof of marriage or civil union or proof of filiation for children and ascendants
  • If you have arrived in France under family reunification: medical certificate issued by the Ofii (at the latest at the time of the delivery of the residence permit)
  • Statement on the honour of no polygamy in France if you are married and are a national of a country that allows it
  • Valid residence permit
  • Evidence of 4 years of regular residence (temporary or multi-annual residence cards issued as a family member of a subsidiary protected)

Step 4: Review the steps to be taken

The request is made on the following website:

Apply online for a residence card or travel document

5th step: Delivery of the residence card once it is available

You are informed by the prefecture that your title is available.

The card is given to you by the prefecture or sub-prefecture of your home (depending on the place where your application is submitted).

In most prefectures, you have to make an appointment.

Find out more on the Prefecture website.

Resident card is valid 10 years and renewable.

However, it is no longer valid if you leave France for more than 3 consecutive years.

You can ask to extend this period by 3 years. It is the prefect who decides whether the reasons given justify the requested extension. It is granted if your absence is justified by particular events: hospitalisation, military service, a reason professional or family, etc.

When renewing your residency card, you can ask for:

Step 6: What to do in case of refusal?

If you meet the conditions for issuing the residence card, the prefect must enter the residence permit committee for opinion, if he plans to refuse to issue you the card.

To be heard by the committee, you will receive a notice by mail at least 15 days before its meeting date.

You are informed of your right:

  • be assisted by a lawyer or any person of your choice,
  • be heard with the assistance of an interpreter,
  • and possibly benefit during this procedure legal aid.

You can explain the reasons and circumstances of your application for a residence permit.

You also have the right to request that the mayor of your municipality of residence (or his or her representative) be present and heard.

If you do not have a residence card or if your card is out of date, you will be given a provisional residence document.

Your explanations are sent to the Prefect with the reasoned opinion of the Committee on the residence permit. The opinion of the commission is also communicated to you.

FYI  

the prefect may decide not to issue the card to you, even if the commission has given a favourable opinion.

The deadlines for challenging are different depending on whether you have received a response from the prefecture.

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If the prefect has notified you of the refusal

The decision of the Prefect is yours notified by reasoned letter (explicit decision). Except where otherwise provided, such refusal shall be accompanied by obligation to leave French territory (OQTF) fixing the country where you will be returned.

You can form a litigation before the administrative tribunal (within 48 hours, 15 days or 30 days depending on the type of OQTF).

No reply from the Prefect on your request

If the prefecture did not respond after 4 months, it is an implicit refusal.

You can then train within 2 months of this refusal:

The resident card entitles you to stay in France. She allows you to work. Your employer does not have to apply for work authorisation.

Step 1: Check if you meet the conditions

The residency card is issued if you are in one of the following situations:

  • You benefit from a work accident or occupational disease pension paid by a French organisation for a permanent disability rate of at least 20%
  • You entitled of a foreigner, beneficiary of an annuity for death for accident at work or occupational disease paid by a French organisation

2nd step: Make an appointment

You must submit your card application to the prefecture (or sub-prefecture) of your home, 2 months before the end of your visa (or residence permit).

In most prefectures, you have to make an appointment.

Find out more on the Prefecture's website.

Who shall I contact
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.

Step 3: Buy the tax stamp

You have to pay €225 (stamp duty of €25 and tax €200) by tax stamps.

If you have entered without a long-stay visa, you must pay extra €200 of the right of visa for regularisation by tax stamps (including €50 to be paid upon filing of the application and not refundable in the event of refusal to issue the security).

You will need to provide proof of payment upon delivery of the card.

You can buy the tax stamp on the Internet or in a tobacco office.

If you file your application after the deadline, except in cases of force majeure or presentation of a valid visa, you will have to pay, in addition to the cost of the card, a visa fee to regularise €180.

On the Internet

You can purchase your tax stamp using the following online service:

Buy Tax Stamp Online - Title for foreigner

Payment is possible with the following bank cards:

  • Blue Card (CB) and Blue Card
  • Visa
  • Mastercard

However, payment by Paypal or American Express card is not accepted.

The electronic stamp can be issued in 2 formats:

  • A PDF document with a 2D code that can also be scanned directly from a phone or tablet by the department responsible for receiving your request
  • A text message with the 16-digit stamp ID that will be accepted by the agent responsible for processing your file

Request a Tax Stamp Refund

In a tobacco office

You can buy a tax stamp from a tobacco office, if the business is equipped to edit it.

Warning  

do not buy a fine stamp by mistake.

Step 4: Prepare the documents to be provided

You must prepare documents to complete your application. These documents vary depending on your situation.

Recipient
  • Valid visa at the time of application (photocopy of passport pages with entry stamps and visas) or valid residence card
  • Full copy of birth certificate (unless you already have a residence card) with the latest information
  • Passport (pages on marital status, validity dates, entry stamps and visas). Otherwise, other supporting documents (e.g. consular certificate, identity card, consular card).
  • 3 photos. If the request is made on the Internet: indicate the code of the e-photo (provided by the photographer or the approved cabin on the photo board).
  • Statement on the honour of no polygamy in France if you are married and are a national of a country that allows it
  • Medical certificate issued by theOfii: titleContent (to be remitted at the time of delivery of the security)
  • Evidence of a permanent physical disability rate equal to or greater than 20%
  • Evidence of payment of an accident at work or sickness benefit paid by a French body: certificate issued by the French body (CPAM: titleContent, etc.) paying the annuity
Recipient Family
  • Valid visa at the time of application (photocopy of passport pages concerning entry stamps and visas) or valid residence card
  • Full copy of birth certificate (unless you already have a residence card) with the latest information
  • Passport (pages on marital status, validity dates, entry stamps and visas). Otherwise, other supporting documents (e.g. consular certificate, identity card, consular card).
  • 3 photos. If the request is made on the Internet: indicate the code of the e-photo (provided by the photographer or the approved cabin on the photo board).
  • Statement on the honour of no polygamy in France if you are married and are a national of a country that allows it
  • Medical certificate issued by theOfii: titleContent (to be remitted at the time of delivery of the security)
  • Proof of receipt of an accident at work pension or occupational disease served by a French body as a person entitled to it: certificate issued by the French body (CPAM: titleContent, etc.) paying the annuity

5th step: Go to the appointment

You must go to this appointment in person.

If your file is complete, you will receive a revived pending the prefecture's response.

Step 6: Delivery of the residence card once it is available

You are informed by the prefecture that your title is available.

The card is given to you by the prefecture or sub-prefecture of your home (depending on the place where your application is submitted).

In most prefectures, you have to make an appointment.

Find out more on the Prefecture's website.

Resident card is valid 10 years and shall be renewable.

However, it is no longer valid if you leave France for more than 3 consecutive years.

You can ask to extend this period by 3 years. It is the prefect who decides whether the reasons given justify the requested extension. It is granted if your absence is justified by particular events: hospitalisation, military service, a reason professional or family, etc.

When renewing your residency card, you can ask for:

Step 7: What to do if you refuse?

If you meet the conditions for issuing the residence card, the prefect must enter the residence permit committee for opinion, if he plans to refuse to issue you the card.

To be heard by the committee, you will receive a notice by mail at least 15 days before its meeting date.

You are informed of your right:

  • be assisted by a lawyer or any person of your choice,
  • be heard with the assistance of an interpreter,
  • and possibly benefit during this procedure legal aid.

You can explain the reasons and circumstances of your application for a residence permit.

You also have the right to request that the mayor of your municipality of residence (or his or her representative) be present and heard.

If you do not have a residence card or if your card is out of date, you will be given a provisional residence document.

Your explanations are sent to the Prefect with the reasoned opinion of the Committee on the residence permit. The opinion of the commission is also communicated to you.

FYI  

the prefect may decide not to issue the card to you, even if the commission has given a favourable opinion.

The deadlines for challenging are different depending on whether you have received a response from the prefecture.

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If the prefect has notified you of the refusal

The decision of the Prefect is yours notified by reasoned letter (explicit decision). Except where otherwise provided, such refusal shall be accompanied by obligation to leave French territory (OQTF) fixing the country where you will be returned.

You can form a litigation before the administrative tribunal (within 48 hours, 15 days or 30 days depending on the type of OQTF).

No reply from the Prefect on your request

If the prefecture did not respond after 4 months, it is an implicit refusal.

You can then train within 2 months of this refusal:

The resident card entitles you to stay in France. She allows you to work. Your employer does not have to apply for work authorisation.

Step 1: Check if you meet the conditions

The conditions for obtaining the resident card differ depending on your situation.

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Victim of domestic violence

The residency card is issued to you if you are a beneficiary of a protection order due to violence committed by your spouse, partner or partner. Your husband must have been convicted following your complaint.

The prefect cannot refuse you this card for breaking the life together.

Victim of human trafficking or procuring

The resident card is issued to you if the following conditions are met:

  • You lodged or testified in criminal proceedings against a person or persons prosecuted for procuring or trafficking in human beings (sexual or domestic slavery, forcible removal of organs, etc.)
  • You should no longer be in contact with the perpetrator(s) being prosecuted
  • The person in question was definitively convicted
  • You must not represent a threat to public order

2nd step: Make an appointment

You must submit your card application to the prefecture (or sub-prefecture) of your home, 2 months before the end of your visa (or residence permit).

In most prefectures, you have to make an appointment.

Find out more on the Prefecture's website.

Who shall I contact
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.

Step 3: Buy the tax stamp

The 10-year resident card is free. There is no tax stamp to buy.

If you file your application after the deadline, except in cases of force majeure or presentation of a valid visa, you will have to pay, in addition to the cost of the card, a visa fee to regularise €180.

Step 4: Prepare the documents to be provided

You must prepare documents to complete your application. These documents vary depending on your situation.

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Victim of domestic violence

  • Full copy of birth certificate (unless you already have a residence card) with the latest information
  • Passport (pages on marital status, validity dates, entry stamps and visas). Otherwise, other supporting documents (e.g. consular certificate, identity card, consular card).
  • 3 photos. If the request is made on the Internet: indicate the code of the e-photo (provided by the photographer or the approved cabin on the photo board).
  • Justifications for the final conviction of the perpetrators of the offences denounced: judgement given at first instance and certificate of non-appeal issued by the chief clerk of the court of appeal (if not mentioned in the judgement), or judgement of the court of appeal

Victim of human trafficking or procuring

  • Full copy of birth certificate (unless you already have a residence card) with the latest information
  • Passport (pages on marital status, validity dates, entry stamps and visas). Otherwise, other supporting documents (e.g. consular certificate, identity card, consular card).
  • 3 photos. If the request is made on the Internet: indicate the code of the e-photo (provided by the photographer or the approved cabin on the photo board).
  • Justifications for the final conviction of the perpetrators of the offences denounced: judgement given at first instance and certificate of non-appeal issued by the chief clerk of the court of appeal (if not mentioned in the judgement), or judgement of the court of appeal

5th step: Go to the appointment

You must go to this appointment in person.

If your file is complete, you will receive a revived pending the prefecture's response.

Step 6: Delivery of the residence card once it is available

You are informed by the prefecture that your title is available.

The card is given to you by the prefecture or sub-prefecture of your home (depending on the place where your application is submitted).

In most prefectures, you have to make an appointment.

Find out more on the Prefecture's website.

Resident card is valid 10 years and shall be renewable.

However, it is no longer valid if you leave France for more than 3 consecutive years.

You can ask to extend this period by 3 years. It is the prefect who decides whether the reasons given justify the requested extension. It is granted if your absence is justified by particular events: hospitalisation, military service, a reason professional or family, etc.

When renewing your residency card, you can ask for:

Step 7: What to do if you refuse?

If you meet the conditions for issuing the residence card, the prefect must enter the residence permit committee for opinion, if he plans to refuse to issue you the card.

To be heard by the committee, you will receive a notice by mail at least 15 days before its meeting date.

You are informed of your right:

  • be assisted by a lawyer or any person of your choice,
  • be heard with the assistance of an interpreter,
  • and possibly benefit during this procedure legal aid.

You can explain the reasons and circumstances of your application for a residence permit.

You also have the right to request that the mayor of your municipality of residence (or his or her representative) be present and heard.

If you do not have a residence card or if your card is out of date, you will be given a provisional residence document.

Your explanations are sent to the Prefect with the reasoned opinion of the Committee on the residence permit. The opinion of the commission is also communicated to you.

FYI  

the prefect may decide not to issue the card to you, even if the commission has given a favourable opinion.

The deadlines for challenging are different depending on whether you have received a response from the prefecture.

Répondez aux questions successives et les réponses s’afficheront automatiquement

If the prefect has notified you of the refusal

The decision of the Prefect is yours notified by reasoned letter (explicit decision). Except where otherwise provided, such refusal shall be accompanied by obligation to leave French territory (OQTF) fixing the country where you will be returned.

You can form a litigation before the administrative tribunal (within 48 hours, 15 days or 30 days depending on the type of OQTF).

No reply from the Prefect on your request

If the prefecture did not respond after 4 months, it is an implicit refusal.

You can then train within 2 months of this refusal:

The resident card entitles you to stay in France. She allows you to work. Your employer does not have to apply for work authorisation.

Step 1: Check if you meet the conditions

The residency card is issued if you are in one of the following situations:

  • You served in a French or allied combat unit
  • You have spent at least 3 years under contract with the Foreign Legion or are still under contract with the Foreign Legion and have obtained the certificate of good conduct
  • You fought in the ranks of the French Interior Forces (FFI)

2nd step: Make an appointment

You must submit your card application to the prefecture (or sub-prefecture) of your home, 2 months before the end of your visa (or residence permit).

In most prefectures, you have to make an appointment.

Find out more on the Prefecture's website.

Who shall I contact
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.

Step 3: Buy the tax stamp

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Veteran

  • 1re asks: €25 (stamp duty) to be paid by tax stamps
  • Renewal and duplicate €225 (stamp duty of €25 + tax €200) to be paid by tax stamps

Serving or Serving in the Foreign Legion

€225 (stamp duty of €25 + tax €200) to be settled by tax stamps.

You can buy the tax stamp on the Internet or in a tobacco office.

The proof of payment is required when the card is handed over to the prefecture or sub-prefecture of your home (depending on the place where your application is lodged).

On the Internet

You can purchase your tax stamp using the following online service:

Buy Tax Stamp Online - Title for foreigner

Payment is possible with the following bank cards:

  • Blue Card (CB) and Blue Card
  • Visa
  • Mastercard

However, payment by Paypal or American Express card is not accepted.

The electronic stamp can be issued in 2 formats:

  • A PDF document with a 2D code that can also be scanned directly from a phone or tablet by the department responsible for receiving your request
  • A text message with the 16-digit stamp ID that will be accepted by the agent responsible for processing your file

Request a Tax Stamp Refund

In a tobacco office

You can buy a tax stamp from a tobacco office, if the business is equipped to edit it.

Warning  

do not buy a fine stamp by mistake.

Step 4: Prepare the documents to be provided

You must prepare documents to complete your application. These documents vary depending on your situation.

Veteran of the French army, the FFI or an allied army
  • Full copy of birth certificate (unless you already have a residence card) with the latest information
  • Passport (pages on marital status, validity dates, entry stamps and visas). Otherwise, other supporting documents (e.g. consular certificate, identity card, consular card).
  • 3 photos. If the request is made on the Internet: indicate the code of the e-photo (provided by the photographer or the approved cabin on the photo board).
  • Statement on the honour of no polygamy in France if you are married and are a national of a country that allows it
  • Medical certificate issued by theOfii: titleContent (to be remitted at the time of delivery of the security)
  • Valid proof of regular stay: valid long or short stay visa at the time of application (photocopy of passport pages concerning entry stamps and visas), or valid residence card
  • Combatant Card
  • If you have served in a French army fighting unit: military booklet
  • If you fought in the French Interior Forces (FFI): Demobilisation certificate issued by the incorporation commission or proof of the injury
  • If you have served in France in an allied fighting unit or, previously residing in France, you have also fought in the ranks of an allied army: military booklet
  • Certificate of payment of stamp duty (to be handed over at the time of issue of the title)
Serving or Serving in the Foreign Legion
  • Full copy of birth certificate (unless you already have a residence card) with the latest information
  • Passport (pages on marital status, validity dates, entry stamps and visas). Otherwise, other supporting documents (e.g. consular certificate, identity card, consular card).
  • 3 photos. If the request is made on the Internet: indicate the code of the e-photo (provided by the photographer or the approved cabin on the photo board).
  • Certificate of payment of stamp duty (to be handed over at the time of issue of the title)
  • Statement on the honour of no polygamy in France if you are married and are a national of a country that allows it
  • Certificate of good conduct
  • If you left the Legion: Demobilisation Certificate
  • If you are still in service: Contract in progress

If you file your application after the deadline, except in cases of force majeure or presentation of a valid visa, you will have to pay, in addition to the cost of the card, a visa fee to regularise €180.

5th step: Go to the appointment

You must go to this appointment in person.

If your file is complete, you will receive a revived pending the prefecture's response.

Step 6: Delivery of the residence card once it is available

You are informed by the prefecture that your title is available.

The card is given to you by the prefecture or sub-prefecture of your home (depending on the place where your application is submitted).

In most prefectures, you have to make an appointment.

Find out more on the Prefecture's website.

Resident card is valid 10 years and renewable.

However, it is no longer valid if you leave France for more than 3 consecutive years.

You can ask to extend this period by 3 years. It is the prefect who decides whether the reasons given justify the requested extension. It is granted if your absence is justified by particular events: hospitalisation, military service, a reason professional or family, etc.

When renewing your residency card, you can ask for:

Step 7: What to do if you refuse?

If you meet the conditions for issuing the residence card, the prefect must enter the residence permit committee for opinion, if he plans to refuse to issue you the card.

To be heard by the committee, you will receive a notice by mail at least 15 days before its meeting date.

You are informed of your right:

  • be assisted by a lawyer or any person of your choice,
  • be heard with the assistance of an interpreter,
  • and possibly benefit during this procedure legal aid.

You can explain the reasons and circumstances of your application for a residence permit.

You also have the right to request that the mayor of your municipality of residence (or his or her representative) be present and heard.

If you do not have a residence card or if your card is out of date, you will be given a provisional residence document.

Your explanations are sent to the Prefect with the reasoned opinion of the Committee on the residence permit. The opinion of the commission is also communicated to you.

FYI  

the prefect may decide not to issue the card to you, even if the commission has given a favourable opinion.

The deadlines for challenging are different depending on whether you have received a response from the prefecture.

Répondez aux questions successives et les réponses s’afficheront automatiquement

If the prefect has notified you of the refusal

The decision of the Prefect is yours notified by reasoned letter (explicit decision). Except where otherwise provided, such refusal shall be accompanied by obligation to leave French territory (OQTF) fixing the country where you will be returned.

You can form a litigation before the administrative tribunal (within 48 hours, 15 days or 30 days depending on the type of OQTF).

No reply from the Prefect on your request

If the prefecture did not respond after 4 months, it is an implicit refusal.

You can then train within 2 months of this refusal:

The resident card entitles you to stay in France. She allows you to work. Your employer does not have to apply for work authorisation.

Step 1: Check if you meet the conditions

If you were born in France to foreigner parents, you can get the French nationality at 18 years of age if the following 2 conditions are met:

  • You live in France at the age of 18
  • You have usually resided in France for a continuous or discontinuous period of at least 5 years, since the age of 11

2nd step: Make an appointment

You must submit your card application to the prefecture (or sub-prefecture) of your home, 2 months before the end of your visa (or residence permit).

In most prefectures, you have to make an appointment.

Find out more on the Prefecture's website.

Who shall I contact
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.

Step 3: Buy the tax stamp

You have to pay €225 (stamp duty of €25 and tax €200) by tax stamps.

If you have entered without a long-stay visa, you must pay extra €200 of the right of visa for regularisation by tax stamps (including €50 to be paid upon filing of the application and not refundable in the event of refusal to issue the security).

You will need to provide proof of payment upon delivery of the card.

You can buy the tax stamp on the Internet or in a tobacco office.

If you file your application after the deadline, except in cases of force majeure or presentation of a valid visa, you will have to pay, in addition to the cost of the card, a visa fee to regularise €180.

On the Internet

You can purchase your tax stamp using the following online service:

Buy Tax Stamp Online - Title for foreigner

Payment is possible with the following bank cards:

  • Blue Card (CB) and Blue Card
  • Visa
  • Mastercard

However, payment by Paypal or American Express card is not accepted.

The electronic stamp can be issued in 2 formats:

  • A PDF document with a 2D code that can also be scanned directly from a phone or tablet by the department responsible for receiving your request
  • A text message with the 16-digit stamp ID that will be accepted by the agent responsible for processing your file

Request a Tax Stamp Refund

In a tobacco office

You can buy a tax stamp from a tobacco office, if the business is equipped to edit it.

Warning  

do not buy a fine stamp by mistake.

Step 4: Prepare the documents to be provided

You must prepare documents to complete your application. These documents vary depending on your situation.

  • Birth certificate (full copy or extract with filiation)
  • Passport (pages on marital status, validity dates, entry stamps and visas). Otherwise, other supporting documents (e.g. consular certificate, identity card, consular card).
  • 3 photos. If the request is made on the Internet: indicate the code of the e-photo (provided by the photographer or the approved cabin on the photo board).
  • Medical certificate issued by theOfii: titleContent (to be remitted at the time of delivery of the security)
  • Foreign nationality vouchers for your 2 parents
  • Evidence of your habitual residence in France of at least 5 years (continuous or discontinuous), between the age of 11 and 18 years: school certificates, for example

5th step: Go to the appointment

You must go to this appointment in person.

If your file is complete, you will receive a revived pending the prefecture's response.

Step 6: Delivery of the residence card once it is available

You are informed by the prefecture that your title is available.

The card is given to you by the prefecture or sub-prefecture of your home (depending on the place where your application is submitted).

In most prefectures, you have to make an appointment.

Find out more on the Prefecture's website.

Resident card is valid 10 years and renewable.

However, it is no longer valid if you leave France for more than 3 consecutive years.

You can ask to extend this period by 3 years. It is the prefect who decides whether the reasons given justify the requested extension. It is granted if your absence is justified by particular events: hospitalisation, military service, a reason professional or family, etc.

When renewing your residency card, you can ask for:

Step 7: What to do if you refuse?

If you meet the conditions for issuing the residence card, the prefect must enter the residence permit committee for opinion, if he plans to refuse to issue you the card.

To be heard by the committee, you will receive a notice by mail at least 15 days before its meeting date.

You are informed of your right:

  • be assisted by a lawyer or any person of your choice,
  • be heard with the assistance of an interpreter,
  • and possibly benefit during this procedure legal aid.

You can explain the reasons and circumstances of your application for a residence permit.

You also have the right to request that the mayor of your municipality of residence (or his or her representative) be present and heard.

If you do not have a residence card or if your card is out of date, you will be given a provisional residence document.

Your explanations are sent to the Prefect with the reasoned opinion of the Committee on the residence permit. The opinion of the commission is also communicated to you.

FYI  

the prefect may decide not to issue the card to you, even if the commission has given a favourable opinion.

The deadlines for challenging are different depending on whether you have received a response from the prefecture.

Répondez aux questions successives et les réponses s’afficheront automatiquement

If the prefect has notified you of the refusal

The decision of the Prefect is yours notified by reasoned letter (explicit decision). Except where otherwise provided, such refusal shall be accompanied by obligation to leave French territory (OQTF) fixing the country where you will be returned.

You can form a litigation before the administrative tribunal (within 48 hours, 15 days or 30 days depending on the type of OQTF).

No reply from the Prefect on your request

If the prefecture did not respond after 4 months, it is an implicit refusal.

You can then train within 2 months of this refusal:

The resident card entitles you to stay in France. She allows you to work. Your employer does not have to apply for work authorisation.

Step 1: Check if you meet the conditions

The residence card is issued to you if you are a foreigner with a residence card bearing the "retired". You have to justify that you want to establish your main residence in France.

2nd step: Make an appointment

You must submit your card application to the prefecture (or sub-prefecture) of your home, 2 months before the end of your visa (or residence permit).

In most prefectures, you have to make an appointment.

Find out more on the Prefecture's website.

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Warning  

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

Step 3: Buy the tax stamp

You have to pay €225 (stamp duty of €25 and tax €200) by tax stamps.

If you have entered without a long-stay visa, you must pay extra €200 of the right of visa for regularisation by tax stamps (including €50 to be paid upon filing of the application and not refundable in the event of refusal to issue the security).

You will need to provide proof of payment upon delivery of the card.

You can buy the tax stamp on the Internet or in a tobacco office.

If you file your application after the deadline, except in cases of force majeure or presentation of a valid visa, you will have to pay, in addition to the cost of the card, a visa fee to regularise €180.

On the Internet

You can purchase your tax stamp using the following online service:

Buy Tax Stamp Online - Title for foreigner

Payment is possible with the following bank cards:

  • Blue Card (CB) and Blue Card
  • Visa
  • Mastercard

However, payment by Paypal or American Express card is not accepted.

The electronic stamp can be issued in 2 formats:

  • A PDF document with a 2D code that can also be scanned directly from a phone or tablet by the department responsible for receiving your request
  • A text message with the 16-digit stamp ID that will be accepted by the agent responsible for processing your file

Request a Tax Stamp Refund

In a tobacco office

You can buy a tax stamp from a tobacco office, if the business is equipped to edit it.

Warning  

do not buy a fine stamp by mistake.

Step 4: Prepare the documents to be provided

You must prepare documents to complete your application. These documents vary depending on your situation.

  • Certificate of honour by which you declare that you will henceforth establish your place of habitual residence in France
  • Medical certificate issued by theOfii: titleContent (to be remitted at the time of delivery of the security)
  • Residence card marked "retired" ending
  • 3 photos. If the request is made on the Internet: indicate the code of the e-photo (provided by the photographer or the approved cabin on the photo board).
  • Your identity card and passport

5th step: Go to the appointment

You must go to this appointment in person.

If your file is complete, you will receive a revived pending the prefecture's response.

Step 6: Delivery of the residence card once it is available

You are informed by the prefecture that your title is available.

The card is given to you by the prefecture or sub-prefecture of your home (depending on the place where your application is submitted).

In most prefectures, you have to make an appointment.

Find out more on the Prefecture's website.

Resident card is valid 10 years and renewable.

However, it is no longer valid if you leave France for more than 3 consecutive years.

You can ask to extend this period by 3 years. It is the prefect who decides whether the reasons given justify the requested extension. It is granted if your absence is justified by particular events: hospitalisation, military service, a reason professional or family, etc.

When renewing your residency card, you can ask for:

Step 7: What to do if you refuse?

If you meet the conditions for issuing the residence card, the prefect must enter the residence permit committee for opinion, if he plans to refuse to issue you the card.

To be heard by the committee, you will receive a notice by mail at least 15 days before its meeting date.

You are informed of your right:

  • be assisted by a lawyer or any person of your choice,
  • be heard with the assistance of an interpreter,
  • and possibly benefit during this procedure legal aid.

You can explain the reasons and circumstances of your application for a residence permit.

You also have the right to request that the mayor of your municipality of residence (or his or her representative) be present and heard.

If you do not have a residence card or if your card is out of date, you will be given a provisional residence document.

Your explanations are sent to the Prefect with the reasoned opinion of the Committee on the residence permit. The opinion of the commission is also communicated to you.

FYI  

the prefect may decide not to issue the card to you, even if the commission has given a favourable opinion.

The deadlines for challenging are different depending on whether you have received a response from the prefecture.

Répondez aux questions successives et les réponses s’afficheront automatiquement

If the prefect has notified you of the refusal

The decision of the Prefect is yours notified by reasoned letter (explicit decision). Except where otherwise provided, such refusal shall be accompanied by obligation to leave French territory (OQTF) fixing the country where you will be returned.

You can form a litigation before the administrative tribunal (within 48 hours, 15 days or 30 days depending on the type of OQTF).

No reply from the Prefect on your request

If the prefecture did not respond after 4 months, it is an implicit refusal.

You can then train within 2 months of this refusal:

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