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Do you have to live in France to receive family benefits?

Verified 15 November 2022 - Directorate for Legal and Administrative Information (Prime Minister)


Yes, in order to be entitled to family benefits (examples: family allowances, back-to-school allowance), you must be a stable resident of France.

You must be in one of the following situations:

  • Have your habitual residence in France
  • Staying in France for more than 6 months (consecutive or not) during thecalendar year payment of benefits.

Residence in France can be proven by any means.


There's no no nationality requirement.

The persons of foreign nationality are entitled to family benefits under certain conditions.


A right to family benefits may be recognized even in the absence of residence in France because of Community regulations or international conventions.

You can find out more from the Center for European and International Social Security Liaison (Cleiss).

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