Immigration and Nationality Law for France >
Spouses of French citizens have a right to a long stay visa and a family stay card as of right, absent fraud.
Spouses of citizen members of the European Union may also establish themselves in France with their spouses and work under a residency card “CE membre de la famille”.
The spouse of a French citizen may obtain a 10-year residency card if the marriage was celebrated at least three years prior to the request for such 10-year card. In addition, children (less than 21 years old) of a French citizen also have the right to a residency card.
The parent of a French citizen may also request a residency card if it is established that the parent is financially supported by a French citizen.
A foreign person may sponsor their spouse and/or minor children to reside in France, if they legally reside in France for at least eighteen months. International marriages often present complex administrative problems. We can assist you in such questions.
France still has a very favourable framework for retirees, where unlike the United States exists person may choose to immigrate to France without a professional activity. Nothing in the reform has changed France's unique acceptance of same-sex couples, allowing an alien to enter into a same-sex marriage contract (PACS) to facilitate the obtaining of a visa for the alien partner, provided the economic criteria are met.
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