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Can a foreigner without a residence permit bring his family to France?

Verified 08 mars 2022 - Legal and Administrative Information Directorate (Prime Minister)

You are a non-European foreigner

No, you can't bring your family.

You are an EU citizen, EEA or Switzerland

If you are a citizen of EU, EEA or Switzerland, so without having a residence permit, you can bring your family if you meet certain conditions:

  • If you live in France as a worker, inactive or student, you can be joined by:
    • Your spouse
    • Your children under 21 or dependent
    • Children under 21 or dependent on your spouse or wife
    • Dependent ascendants (father or mother who cannot justify resources needed for her own needs)
    • Dependent descendants (parent who cannot justify resources needed for his or her own needs) of your spouse
  • You must belong to one of the following categories and be able to justify them: employee, inactive, student
  • Your family must enter the country on a visa (or without a visa if they do not have one) and apply for one residence permit in your prefecture