How to join a member of your family who is an EU national, residing in France ?

Updated: Jan 23

You are a non-European national, and you wish to settle in France to reside permanently with a member of your family. This close relative is not of French nationality, but is a national of a European country.


1- First you have to check the conditions related to the nationality of your family member :


The country of nationality of your family member belongs to the European Union (other than France), to the European Economic Area (EEA), or is Switzerland.


The European Union is composed of the following 28 States:

Germany, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Croatia, Denmark, Spain, Estonia, Finland, France, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, The Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Czech Republic, Romania, United Kingdom, Slovakia, Slovenia, Sweden.


The European Economic Area is composed of the following 31 States:

Germany, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Croatia, Denmark, Spain, Estonia, Finland, France, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Lichtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Norway, The Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Czech Republic, Romania, United Kingdom, Slovakia, Slovenia, Sweden.


2- Then you have to check the family link :


You are:


· The spouse;

· The direct descendant or dependant under the age of 21;

· The direct dependant older relative;

· The direct dependant older relative or descendant of the spouse.


If the family member is a student, only the spouse and the direct descendant are concerned.


According to your nationality, you will be issued a short-stay visa which will allow you, as soon as you arrive in France, to apply for a residence permit from the prefecture of your place of residence and settle in France.

If you do not need a short-stay visa, you can enter and stay in France for three months and during this period, request a residence permit in the prefecture of your place of residence in order to settle there.


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