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Residence card for a foreigner in France

Verified 21 janvier 2020 - Directorate for Legal and Administrative Information (Prime Minister)

Additional cases ? You are European / You are Algerian

Coronavirus / Covid-19: extension of validity of residence permits

As a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, the validity period of residence documents that expired between 16 March and 15 June 2020 has been extended by 6 months.. This measure concerns:

  • Long-stay visas
  • All residence permits (except special permits issued to foreign diplomatic and consular personnel)
  • Provisional residence permits
  • Receipts of applications for residence permits

This extension is automatic. It also extends social rights and the right to work.

If you have family ties in France, you can get a residence card private and family life, under certain conditions. This card allows you to work. In principle, it is annual, renewable, when delivered as 1to residence document, or multiannual (2 to 4 years) for the renewal of a previous title.

  Warning : you are covered by another residence permit if you are European or Algerian..

What is it about?

The residence card private and family life allows you to stay in France and work there. You do not have to apply for work authorization.

Terms

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You hold a long-stay visa (VLS-TS)

You can ask for the residence card multiannualprivate and family life 2e year of your stay in France in renewal of your VLS-TS (valid 1 year).

The community of life with your spouse must not have ceased (except in case of death or domestic violence).

You entered France without a long-stay visa (VLS-TS)

If you entered France without a long-stay visa valid as a residence permit (VLS-TS), the residence card temporaryprivate and family life may exceptionally be delivered to you in 1to title.

You must meet all of the following conditions:

  • The wedding must have been celebrated in France
  • Your spouse must be French on the day of marriage and have retained French nationality
  • You must not live in polygamy
  • You must have entered France regularly (with a visa) Schengen unless you are dispensed or a residence permit from another the Schengen Area)
  • The community of life must be uninterrupted since marriage
  • You must live for at least 6 months with your spouse in France

You already hold another residence permit

The residence card temporaryprivate and family life can be granted as part of a status change after another card (such as student, employee, etc.),

Card request

You must submit your card application to the prefecture (or sub-prefecture) of your home (find out more on the prefecture's website) within 2 months before the expiry date of your visa (or residence permit).

  Please note : your french spouse must be present when the file is filed or when the appointment is made in the prefecture.

General case

Who shall I contact

  Warning : some sub-prefectures cannot do the paperwork. Find out more on the website of your prefecture.

Parts to be supplied:

  • Your long-stay visa (or visa) Schengen) or residence permit
  • Your passport (with photocopies of the civil status, validity dates and entry stamps pages)
  • Excerpt from a French marriage certificate of less than 3 months
  • Certificate of French nationality of the French spouse (national identity card or certificate of French nationality)
  • Birth certificate
  • If you have children: birth certificates of your children with filiation
  • Community of living justifications: declaration on the couple's joint honor attesting to their common life and all documents allowing to establish the community of life (lease contract, EDF receipt, bank identity statement, etc.)
  • If the common life has been broken due to death or domestic or family violence: death certificate, complaint, divorce judgment for fault, conviction of the spouse for violence, testimony, medical certificates, etc.
  • Proof of domicile less than 3 months old
  • 1 photos
  • Declaration of non-polygamy if you are married and a national of a state that allows it

  FYI : civil status documents in a foreign language must be accompanied by their translation into French by a certified interpreter.. In some cases, these acts must also be legalized or apostilled.

If your file is complete, you receive a receipt waiting for the prefecture to respond.

Cost: you must pay €225 (stamp duty of €25 and €200) by tax stamps..

If you entered without a long-stay visa, you must pay extra €200 visa fee for regularization by tax stamps (including €50 to be paid upon application and non-refundable in the event of refusal to issue the document).

You will need to provide proof of payment when you hand over the card.

Card Delivery: the card is given to you by the prefecture or sub-prefecture of your home (depending on the place where your application is filed).

Duration

The residence card temporary is valid 1 year..

The residence card multiannual is valid 2 years..

Renewal

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You have a temporary resident card

You can apply for a multi-annual residence card private and family life within 2 months of the expiry date of your temporary residence card. The approach is the same as for the 1re request.

  Please note : the community of living with your spouse must not have ceased (except in case of death or domestic violence).

You have a multi-annual residence card

If you have 3 years of marriage with a French person, you can apply for a resident card within 2 months before the expiry date of your residence card.

  Please note : the community of living with your spouse must not have ceased (except in case of death or domestic violence).

Refusal to issue card

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

In order to be heard by the commission, you 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 to benefit, if necessary, during the 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 commune of residence (or his representative) be heard.

If you do not have a residence card or if your card is out of date, a temporary residence document is given to you.

Your explanations are sent to the prefect with the reasoned opinion of the residence permit committee. The commission's opinion is also communicated to you.

  FYI : the prefect may decide to refuse to issue the card to you, even if the commission has given a favorable opinion.

Issuing the card

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Your request is accepted

If your application is accepted, you are summoned to the prefecture for the issue of the title.

Your request is denied

If the prefect has notified you of the refusal

The prefect's decision is yours notified by reasoned letter (explicit decision). Such refusal shall be accompanied, unless otherwise provided, by obligation to leave French territory (OQTF) fixing the country to which you will be returned.

You can form a appeal to 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 has not replied to the expiry of the validity of the receipt, it is an implicit refusal.

You can train within 2 months:

  Warning : if your receipt expires and you do not have a response from the prefecture, the processing time may be extended. In this case, you can obtain the renewal of your receipt at the foreign office of your prefecture.

What is it about?

The residence card private and family life allows you to stay in France and work there. You do not have to apply for work authorization.

Terms

If you are a partner of a Frenchman, you can obtain a residence card private and family life in particular, you can prove:

  • have concluded Pacs,
  • the reality of the relationship with your partner,
  • and the length of your life together in France (at least 1 year, with exceptions).

Card request

You hold a long-stay visa (VLS-TS) or a residence permit for another reason (student, employee, visitor, etc)

You must submit your card application to the prefecture (or sub-prefecture) of your home (find out more on the prefecture's website) within 2 months before the expiry date of your long-stay visa (VLS-TS) or residence permit.

  Please note : your Pacs partner must be present when the file or appointment is filed.

You entered on a short-stay visa

Your situation is exceptional admission to the stay.. You must find out directly in the prefecture.

General case

Who shall I contact

  Warning : some sub-prefectures cannot do the paperwork. Find out more on the website of your prefecture.

Parts to be supplied:

  • Your long-stay visa or residence permit
  • Your passport (with photocopies of the civil status, validity dates and entry stamps pages)
  • Your birth certificate
  • Identity card or certificate of French nationality of your partner
  • Pacs less than 3 months (or Pacs less than 3 months if the Pacs is older)
  • Community of living justifications: declaration on the couple's joint honor attesting to their common life and all documents allowing to establish the community of life (lease contract, EDF receipt, bank identity statement, etc.) in a year
  • Proof of domicile less than 3 months old
  • 1 photos

  FYI : civil status documents in a foreign language must be accompanied by their translation into French by a certified interpreter.. In some cases, foreign acts must also be legalized or apostilled.

If your file is complete, you receive a receipt waiting for the prefecture to respond.

Cost: you must pay €225 (stamp duty of €25 and €200) by tax stamps..

You will need to provide proof of payment when you hand over the card.

Card Delivery: the card is given to you by the prefecture or sub-prefecture of your home (depending on the place where your application is filed).

Duration

The residence card temporary is valid 1 year..

Renewal

You can apply for a multi-annual residence card private and family life within 2 months of the expiry date of your temporary residence card.

You must meet the following conditions:

  • You must justify your attendance and the seriousness of your participation in the courses prescribed under the Republican integration contract
  • You must not have expressed a rejection of the essential values of French society and the Republic
  • The community of living with your partner must not have ceased

The approach is the same as for the 1re request.

The residence card multiannual is valid 2 years..

Refusal to issue card

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

In order to be heard by the commission, you 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 to benefit, if necessary, during the 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 commune of residence (or his representative) be heard.

If you do not have a residence card or if your card is out of date, a temporary residence document is given to you.

Your explanations are sent to the prefect with the reasoned opinion of the residence permit committee. The commission's opinion is also communicated to you.

  FYI : the prefect may decide to refuse to issue the card to you, even if the commission has given a favorable opinion.

Issuing the card

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Your request is accepted

If your application is accepted, you are summoned to the prefecture for the issue of the title.

Your request is denied

If the prefect has notified you of the refusal

The prefect's decision is yours notified by reasoned letter (explicit decision). Such refusal shall be accompanied, unless otherwise provided, by obligation to leave French territory (OQTF) fixing the country to which you will be returned.

You can form a appeal to 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 has not replied to the expiry of the validity of the receipt, it is an implicit refusal.

You can train within 2 months:

  Warning : if your receipt expires and you do not have a response from the prefecture, the processing time may be extended. In this case, you can obtain the renewal of your receipt at the foreign office of your prefecture.

What is it about?

The residence card private and family life allows you to stay in France and work there. You do not have to apply for work authorization.

Terms

You can obtain the temporary residence card, even if you are in an irregular situation, if you meet the following conditions:

  • You are the father or mother of a minor French child residing in France
  • You have been contributing to her upbringing and upbringing since birth (or for at least 2 years)

Card request

You must submit your card application to the prefecture or sub-prefecture of your home (find out more on the prefecture website).

General case

Who shall I contact

  Warning : some sub-prefectures cannot do the paperwork. Find out more on the website of your prefecture.

Parts to be supplied:

  • Your passport
  • Your long-stay visa or your residence permit if you have one for another reason
  • Your birth certificate
  • If you are married: marriage certificate extract
  • French birth certificate for your child under 3 months: extract with filiation or full copy
  • Proof of the French nationality of the child: valid national identity card or certificate of French nationality of less than 6 months
  • Justification of your contribution to the maintenance and education of your child: proof of purchase (food, clothing, toys, etc.), attestations (accommodation, school follow-up, etc.), proof of emotional connection (interest in the child's development, knowledge of his environment, etc.). If you are not married to the French parent, you must provide proof by any means that the latter has actually contributed to the child's upbringing and upbringing, since birth or for at least 2 years. Failing that, there must be a court decision ordering him to fulfill his family obligations (payment of maintenance or financial contribution).
  • Proof of residence in France of the child (proof by any means): certificate of schooling or nursery school, presence of the child at the time of application, etc.
  • Proof of domicile less than 3 months old
  • 1 photos

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

If your file is complete, you receive a receipt waiting for the prefecture to respond.

Cost: you must pay €225 (stamp duty of €25 and €200) by tax stamps..

If you entered without a long-stay visa, you must pay extra €200 visa fee for regularization by tax stamps (including €50 to be paid upon application and non-refundable in the event of refusal to issue the document).

You will need to provide proof of payment when you hand over the card.

Card Delivery: if your application is accepted, you will be summoned by the prefecture to withdraw the residence card.

Duration

The residence card temporary is valid 1 year and renewable.

Renewal

You can apply for a residence card multiannualprivate and family life (valid) 2 years) within 2 months of the expiry date of your temporary residence card. The approach is the same as for the 1re request.

  Please note : you are entitled to it even if your child has reached the age of majority.

After 3 years of stay with the card, you can apply for resident card within 2 months before the expiry date of your residence card.

Refusal to issue card

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

In order to be heard by the commission, you 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 to benefit, if necessary, during the 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 commune of residence (or his representative) be heard.

If you do not have a residence card or if your card is out of date, a temporary residence document is given to you.

Your explanations are sent to the prefect with the reasoned opinion of the residence permit committee. The commission's opinion is also communicated to you.

  FYI : the prefect may decide to refuse to issue the card to you, even if the commission has given a favorable opinion.

Issuing the card

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Your request is accepted

If your application is accepted, you are summoned to the prefecture for the issue of the title.

Your request is denied

If the prefect has notified you of the refusal

The prefect's decision is yours notified by reasoned letter (explicit decision). Such refusal shall be accompanied, unless otherwise provided, by obligation to leave French territory (OQTF) fixing the country to which you will be returned.

You can form a appeal to 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 has not replied to the expiry of the validity of the receipt, it is an implicit refusal.

You can train within 2 months:

  Warning : if your receipt expires and you do not have a response from the prefecture, the processing time may be extended. In this case, you can obtain the renewal of your receipt at the foreign office of your prefecture.

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Your spouse has been living in France for at least 18 months with a residence card (employee, private and family life, residence card, etc.)

You fall under the family reunification..

Your husband has a talent passport

Other situation

You must find out directly in the prefecture.

What is it about?

The residence card private and family life allows you to stay in France and work there. You do not have to apply for work authorization.

Terms

You can get a card private and family life as a child of a foreigner living in France if you have been authorized to come to France as part of the family reunification..

You must be entered as a minor in France and get a card from the age of 18 (or 16 if you want to work).

Card request

You must submit your card application to the prefecture (or sub-prefecture) of your home (find out more on the prefecture website).

General case

Who shall I contact

  Warning : some sub-prefectures cannot do the paperwork. Find out more on the website of your prefecture.

Parts to be supplied:

  • Your minor circulation document (CDR.) if you own one
  • Family reunification authorization
  • Your passport (with photocopies of the civil status, validity dates and entry stamps pages)
  • Your birth certificate

  FYI : civil status documents in a foreign language must be accompanied by their translation into French by a certified interpreter..

If your file is complete, you receive a receipt waiting for the prefecture to respond.

Cost: you must pay €75 (stamp duty of €25 and €50) by tax stamps..

You will need to provide proof of payment when you hand over the card.

Card Delivery: the card is given to you by the prefecture or sub-prefecture of your home (depending on the place where your application is filed).

Duration

The residence card temporary is valid 1 year..

Renewal

You can apply for a residence card multiannualprivate and family life (valid) 4 years) within 2 months of the expiry date of your temporary residence card. The approach is the same as for the 1re request.

Refusal to issue card

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

In order to be heard by the commission, you 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 to benefit, if necessary, during the 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 commune of residence (or his representative) be heard.

If you do not have a residence card or if your card is out of date, a temporary residence document is given to you.

Your explanations are sent to the prefect with the reasoned opinion of the residence permit committee. The commission's opinion is also communicated to you.

  FYI : the prefect may decide to refuse to issue the card to you, even if the commission has given a favorable opinion.

Issuing the card

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Your request is accepted

If your application is accepted, you are summoned to the prefecture for the issue of the title.

Your request is denied

If the prefect has notified you of the refusal

The prefect's decision is yours notified by reasoned letter (explicit decision). Such refusal shall be accompanied, unless otherwise provided, by obligation to leave French territory (OQTF) fixing the country to which you will be returned.

You can form a appeal to 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 has not replied to the expiry of the validity of the receipt, it is an implicit refusal.

You can train within 2 months:

  Warning : if your receipt expires and you do not have a response from the prefecture, the processing time may be extended. In this case, you can obtain the renewal of your receipt at the foreign office of your prefecture.

What is it about?

The residence card private and family life allows you to stay in France and work there. You do not have to apply for work authorization.

Terms

You are affected if you are in one of the following situations:

  • You entered France (excluding family reunification) before your 13 years of age and usually reside there since that age with at least your father or mother
  • You are a Tunisian and you entered France before your 10 years
  • You have been entrusted to theAse not later than the age of 16 years (under certain conditions)
  • You were born in France and have resided there at least 8 years continuously and followed, after the age of 10, a minimum of 5 years schooling in a French school
  • You accompany one of your parents holding an EU long-term resident card from another EU country

Card request

You must submit your card application to the prefecture (or sub-prefecture) of your home (find out more on the prefecture website).

General case

Who shall I contact

  Warning : some sub-prefectures cannot do the paperwork. Find out more on the website of your prefecture.

Parts to be supplied:

  • Your passport (with photocopies of the civil status, validity dates and entry stamps pages)
  • Your birth certificate
  • If you have children: birth certificates of your children with filiation
  • Justification for your stay in France habitual residence in France: school enrollment, school reports, administrative documents, etc.
  • Proof of domicile less than 3 months old
  • 1 photos

Contact your prefecture to get a list corresponding to your specific situation.

  FYI : civil status documents in a foreign language must be accompanied by their translation into French by a certified interpreter..

If your file is complete, you receive a receipt waiting for the prefecture to respond.

Cost: you must pay €225 (stamp duty of €25 and €200) by tax stamps..

You will need to provide proof of payment when you hand over the card.

  Warning : in some cases, you may be asked to pay for a visa to regularize €200

Card Delivery: the card is given to you by the prefecture or sub-prefecture of your home (depending on the place where your application is filed).

Duration

The residence card temporary is valid 1 year..

Renewal

You can apply for a residence card multiannualprivate and family life (valid) 4 years) within 2 months of the expiry date of your temporary residence card. The approach is the same as for the 1re request.

Refusal to issue card

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

In order to be heard by the commission, you 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 to benefit, if necessary, during the 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 commune of residence (or his representative) be heard.

If you do not have a residence card or if your card is out of date, a temporary residence document is given to you.

Your explanations are sent to the prefect with the reasoned opinion of the residence permit committee. The commission's opinion is also communicated to you.

  FYI : the prefect may decide to refuse to issue the card to you, even if the commission has given a favorable opinion.

Issuing the card

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Your request is accepted

If your application is accepted, you are summoned to the prefecture for the issue of the title.

Your request is denied

If the prefect has notified you of the refusal

The prefect's decision is yours notified by reasoned letter (explicit decision). Such refusal shall be accompanied, unless otherwise provided, by obligation to leave French territory (OQTF) fixing the country to which you will be returned.

You can form a appeal to 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 has not replied to the expiry of the validity of the receipt, it is an implicit refusal.

You can train within 2 months:

  Warning : if your receipt expires and you do not have a response from the prefecture, the processing time may be extended. In this case, you can obtain the renewal of your receipt at the foreign office of your prefecture.

What is it about?

The residence card private and family life allows you to stay in France and work there. You do not have to apply for work authorization.

Terms

You are affected if you meet the following conditions:

  • You hold an accident-at-work or occupational disease pension provided by a French organization
  • Your permanent disability rate is at least 20%

Card request

You must submit your card application to the prefecture (or sub-prefecture) of your home (find out more on the prefecture website).

General case

Who shall I contact

  Warning : some sub-prefectures cannot do the paperwork. Find out more on the website of your prefecture.

Parts to be supplied:

  • Your passport (with photocopies of the civil status, validity dates and entry stamps pages)
  • If you are married: marriage certificate or family record
  • If you have children: birth certificates of your children with filiation (or family booklet)
  • Attestation of an incapacity equal to or greater than 20%
  • Certificate from the French organization paying the annuity
  • Proof of domicile less than 3 months old
  • 1 photos

  FYI : civil status documents in a foreign language must be accompanied by their translation into French by a certified interpreter..

If your file is complete, you receive a receipt waiting for the prefecture to respond.

Cost: you must pay €75 (stamp duty of €25 and €50) by tax stamps..

You will need to provide proof of payment when you hand over the card.

Card Delivery: the card is given to you by the prefecture or sub-prefecture of your home (depending on the place where your application is filed).

Duration

The residence card temporary is valid 1 year..

Renewal

You can apply for a residence card multiannualprivate and family life (valid) 4 years) within 2 months of the expiry date of your temporary residence card. The approach is the same as for the 1re request.

Refusal to issue card

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

In order to be heard by the commission, you 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 to benefit, if necessary, during the 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 commune of residence (or his representative) be heard.

If you do not have a residence card or if your card is out of date, a temporary residence document is given to you.

Your explanations are sent to the prefect with the reasoned opinion of the residence permit committee. The commission's opinion is also communicated to you.

  FYI : the prefect may decide to refuse to issue the card to you, even if the commission has given a favorable opinion.

Issuing the card

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Your request is accepted

If your application is accepted, you are summoned to the prefecture for the issue of the title.

Your request is denied

If the prefect has notified you of the refusal

The prefect's decision is yours notified by reasoned letter (explicit decision). Such refusal shall be accompanied, unless otherwise provided, by obligation to leave French territory (OQTF) fixing the country to which you will be returned.

You can form a appeal to 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 has not replied to the expiry of the validity of the receipt, it is an implicit refusal.

You can train within 2 months:

  Warning : if your receipt expires and you do not have a response from the prefecture, the processing time may be extended. In this case, you can obtain the renewal of your receipt at the foreign office of your prefecture.

You can obtain a temporary residence card private and family life for care if you fill the whole the following conditions:

  • You are a foreigner (unless you are a citizen of a country) European)
  • You usually live in France
  • Your condition requires medical care without which your health would be very seriously compromised
  • You cannot access the appropriate treatment in your country of origin
  • You are not a threat to public order

  FYI : you can apply for this title even if you are in an irregular situation.

You must follow a specific procedure..