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Permanent Residency for Family Members of EU Citizens in France

Our fast and dependable service for helping you to get a family permit and a resident card in France for your parents, siblings or partners.

How Can a Lawyer Help Me?

We are here to assist you through the whole process. Our lawyers start by assessing your application and recommending the best route to follow. After that, they review all your necessary documentation and help you to complete various forms.

We provide a quality service where you can easily contact us throughout the entire process. We are here to answer any questions and aim to do so within 24 hours. Our lawyers are dedicated to supporting you in every step of the process towards living and working in France with your family.

¨We will be with you each step of the journey.¨

 

How Can My Family Obtain This Permit?

As a citizen of a European country who is coming to France, you may be accompanied or joined by your immediate family members in France. Other people who are not immediate family but are connected potentially may join you as well, however this is not an automatic right.

If your family are EU citizens:
The family member who is legally residing in France can bring their family into the conutry. After five years of uninterrupted, legal residence the family members will receive the right to become permanent residents.

If your family are non-EU citizens:
Family members must obtain a residence card which is valid the same length of time as the European host’s permit After five years of legal and uninterrupted residence in France they will receive the right to become permanent residents.

  • If they are a EU citizen:
    They can request a residence card as a family member of an EU, EEA or Swiss citizen. The minimum time the couple must have been together is one year. After five years of legal and uninterrupted residence in France they will receive the right to permanent residence.

  • If they are a non-EU citizen:
    If they are more than 16 years old and would like to work, they must apply for a residence card application is necessary within three months of arriving in France. The minimum time the couple must have been together is one year. After five years of legal and uninterrupted residence in France they will receive the right to permanent residence.

  • For those are unmarried but don’t have a civil partnership, they must be able to show proof of their relationship with a certificate. Furthermore, the minimum time the couple must have been together is five years.

  • For EU citizens:
    The residence card is optional. If they want card: The French Office of Immigration and Integration, or OFII, will assess the application. If approved, a residence card of a family member of an EU, EEA or Swiss citizen is issued. After five years of legal and uninterrupted residence in France they will receive the right to become permanent residents.

  • For non-EU citizens:
    If the person is more than 16 years old and wishes to work, they must apply for a residency card application within three months of arriving in France. The French Office of Immigration and Integration, or OFII, will assess the application. If approved, a residence card of a family member of an EU, EEA and Swiss citizen is issued. After five years of legal and uninterrupted residence in France they will receive the right to permanent residence.

The Process of Getting Permanent Residency For a Family Member

The EU, EEA or Swiss citizen must have a right to stay in France as a worker or as an inactive or active student.

  • For the first five years of stay, they must have a valid identity document and must not pose a threat to public order.
  • After five years, the family member has the right to permanent residence, as long as they pose no threat to public order
  • They need to prove continuous residence for the previous five years with documentation such as rent, invoices or bank statements
  • They can temporary leave the country for up to six months per year. This increases to a year for military obligations and medical reasons
  • For the first five years of stay, they must have a valid ID document and must not pose a threat to public order and receive and residence card.
  • After five years, the family members have the right to permanent residence, as long as they pose no threat to public order.
  • They must snow continuous residence for the previous five years through any documentation such as rent, invoices or bank statements.
  • They can temporary leave the country for up to six months per year. This increases to a year for military obligations and medical reasons

For all applicants:
-Valid ID documents and proof of posing no threat to French order.
-Documentation to prove residency for five years after having lived in France for five continuous years.

For spouse, children and grandparents in European or Swiss family:
-Permanent residence cards are not required, therefore no documentation necessary

For spouse, children and grandparents of non-European or Swiss family:
-Family members aged 16 or more who want to work must hold a residence permit. They must apply for this within three months of entering France.
-A residence card family member of a EU citizen will be issued as long as they present no threat to public order

For unmarried EU couples:
-Residence card application is optional.
-Documentation for applying for a residence card: Valid identity document, Home information, One photo identity, Proof of right to stay for European host, Family link justification, such as a birth certification for European host and civil partnership certification, Documentation proving the union is at least a year old.

For unmarried non-EU couples:
-Valid identity document
-Home information
-One photo identity
-Proof of right to stay for European host
-Family link justification, such as a birth certification for European host and civil partnership certification
Documentation proving the union is at least a year old

If severely ill and an EU citizen:
Residence card application is optional

If severely ill and a non-EU citizen:
If they are more than 16 years old, a residence card application is required within three of living in France

The process is as follows:
-Visit prefecture and receive medical certificate to be filled out by doctor and a notice explaining the procedure
-Certificate must be completed by regular doctor and then be sent to the OFII doctor provided by the prefecture
-Decision will then be taken and then notified to the applicant by the prefecture

For EU, EEA and Swiss Family Members:
As a European family member of a European citizen, you can obtain permanent residence in France after staying in France legally and uninterrupted for five years. There is no application for residence card is necessary. After five years, you will have the right to stay in France.

For non-EU, EEA and Swiss Family Members:
As a family member of a European citizen you are eligible to obtain permanent residence in France after a legal and uninterrupted stay in France for five years. You must first apply for a residence card within three months of entering France. Once approved, this residence card will be valid for the time of your European host’s permit to stay up to a maximum of five years. After five years and providing proof of residence, you will have the right to stay.

OUR WORK

We are a department formed by qualified legal experts who have been trained in the field of immigration law. We work on these residency permit requests every day. It’s our passion. Our work goes beyond having a general interest.

For us, Lexidy is a way of life and what excites us the most is to be able to deliver the happiness and satisfaction of a successful immigration process. We want to help you achieve your goals and dreams

Eleonore Tavares de Pinho
Lawyer

Eléonore Tavares de Pinho

Yuliana Colorado
Lawyer

Yuliana Colorado

Lawyer

Eléonore Tavares de Pinho

Born in Senegal to Belgian-Portuguese parents and having lived for several years in various countries, Eléonore quickly became passionate about Immigration legislation. She graduated from the University of la Sorbonne and the University of Florence and obtained a five-year dual degree in Italian and French Law. As an attorney, she chose to work in Immigration Law in order to have real action on the field and help people fulfill their projects.  Deeply convinced that digital technologies can make law and legal services simpler and impact people’s lives in a positive way, Eléonore will always be looking for the most efficient way to meet your needs.

Lawyer

Yuliana Colorado

Born in Colombia and migrated to France very young, her experience led her to studying international private and commercial law and helping international clients, people and companies, implement in France. In cooperation with the Tax department, she advises companies on immigration, employment and mobility matters such as hiring international profiles, outsourcing to foreign companies in France, or deploying teams abroad. Admitted to the Paris and Madrid Bars, Yuliana has developed specific expertise in managing global mobility and professional immigration of her clients in France and Spain, both companies and individuals. Yuliana speaks French, Spanish, English and Italian.

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Frequently Asked Questions

No, students can not bring ascendants to France.

This can include your spouse, dependent children, children under 21, and spouse’s children.

It is valid as long as the EU citizen’s residence permit is, up to a maximum of five years.

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