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Registering EU family members in another EU country – France

Family members who are EU citizens do not have to register in France. As an EU citizen, you have the right to live and settle in France, as long as you do not constitute a threat to public order.

You do not have to hold a residence or work permit. However, you may obtain a residence permit if you so wish. Family members who are EU citizens must hold a valid identity document or passport.

Proving family ties

To prove family ties with a husband, wife, grandchild or grandparent you should provide an official document from your country of origin, such as a birth certificate or the equivalent of the French family record book (livret de famille). However, the French authorities cannot require you to provide a copy of a marriage certificate unless the wedding was held in a country other than your country of origin or France and there are doubts about its validity.

To prove family ties as a member of the extended family, such as an uncle/aunt, a nephew/niece or a cousin, you should provide an official document from your country of origin, such as a birth certificate or the equivalent of the French family record book (livret de famille). Family members who are EU citizens must hold a valid identity document or passport.

If you are the certified long-term partner of an EU citizen, you can obtain an EU residence permit for family members, valid for all occupations. Your relationship may take the form of:

Dependants

To determine whether a family member is economically dependent on an EU citizen living in France, the French authorities examine the financial and social situation of the applicant to decide whether that person needs the EU citizen to provide material support and to cover his or her living expenses.

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EU residence permit

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Authorities to which you should apply

Prefectures, sub-prefectures, police prefectures fr

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