Updated : 19/02/2014
Non-EU family members aged over 18 (and those over 16 who wish to seek work) must hold a residence permit.
They must apply for the permit within 3 months of coming to France.
Within 6 months they will be issued with a residence permit for a family member of an EU citizen - provided they don't constitute a threat to public order.
The residence permit is valid for at least 1 year - and for a maximum of 5 years. It may be renewed.
You should apply to the prefecture nearest where you live (though in some départements this is the nearest sub-prefecture - sous-préfecture).
You must provide the following documents the first time you apply for a residence permit:
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