France Long Stay Family Visa

The France Family visa is a long-stay French visa that was created to allow foreigners to travel to France and see their spouses, children, or parents for stays of more than three months and up to a year. In addition to the accompanying documentation, the following are the primary requirements for people who seek to join a family member who is either continuously resident in France or visiting there: European Union or European Economic Area citizen a French citizen a non-French national who is residing legally in France. If you have a long-stay visa, you must register with the French authorities when you arrive in France in order to get a residence permit.

Types of Family Visa France

  • France Family Visa for a member of a French citizen: If a French citizen is married to a foreigner or has a non-French child or parent, they can apply for a long-stay family visa that will allow them to join them in France for up to a year. Both the applicant and the French national must meet certain requirements. A family member of a French national is first taken into account when
  • Spouse.
  • children that are younger than 21.
  • a senior relative or the spouse's senior relative
  • father or grandparent of the spouse or a French national. The French "Copie Intégrale de l'Acte de Mariage," the birth certificates for the children, and details on the French citizen are among the main documents that the foreign national must present in this situation.If the marriage took place three years prior to the date of the visa application, the spouse of a French citizen is qualified to receive a 10-year residency card.
  • France Family Visa for a family member of an EU/EEA/Swiss Citizen: Since spouses and children under 21 of EU residents who intend to visit their parent or spouse in France for longer than 90 days must enter France in accordance with the Schengen short-stay visa requirement, this is more of a French residence permit. They will then need to apply for the Carte de Séjour immediately at the Prefecture after arriving in France. The familial connection between the EU citizen and their family member must be supported by evidence. An EU/EEA/Swiss citizen's family is deemed to include the following:
  • the partner.
  • a dependent or direct descendant who is younger than 21.
  • the older relative who is directly dependent.
  • the spouse's immediate dependent older relative or descendant.
  • France Family Visa for a relative of non- EU/ EEA/ Swiss citizen ( foreigner residing in France) : You can still apply for a family long-stay visa to France if you have a family member living there who is not a citizen of France, the EU, or the EEA. In this instance, either the applicant or the family member already living in France must demonstrate that they have the financial resources to sustain the applicant's stay in France.
  • France Adoption Visa: This visa is for parents living in France, whether they are French or from another country, who want to adopt a child abroad and bring him or her to France. The authority to make decisions on the issuance of a long-stay adoption visa lies with the international Intercountry Adoption Mission. A family reunion of a French foreign minor with their parent will be considered in the event that the child is adopted while the French resident or citizen is away.

Documents you need before you apply for France Long stay Family Visa are listed below

  • filled out the application for a France national visa. For a family visa, you must complete the French national visa application form.
  • two images in the form of passports. Two photographs should be included with the other documents that you submit. They cannot be more than three months old.
  • a passport in good standing with two blank pages. Check your passport's validity and issue date before submitting an application.
  • copies of previous visas Please give copies of all visas you have ever held, for any nation in the world.
  • A certificate from the candidate's home country's criminal history attesting to their lack of involvement in any active criminal cases
  • a receipt for the visa fee. Additional paperwork required for a French citizen's spouse
  • The passport or identity card of the spouse residing in France may serve as proof of nationality.
  • A marriage certificate is known as a "Livret de Famille" in the French civil register. Additional documentation for an EU citizen's overseas spouse or kid
  • passports for both biological parents
  • a parent's consent is required if the youngster is going with just one parent.
  • Depending on the court's judgement, the child may have sole custody of one parent.
  • European citizen has a current passport from the EU, EEA, or Switzerland.
  • a sworn declaration from a family member in the EU attesting to the dependent status of the visa applicant.
  • Evidence of the spouse/link child's to the French citizen is required. Additional paperwork for a French child's foreign parent
  • Full birth certificate as evidence of the applicant's familial connections to the French kid.
  • French nationality documentation in the form of a current passport or CNIS.
  • a document attesting to your participation in the French national's travels.

Process Long stay Family visa

  • Check if you need to apply for a French visa: Depending on your country and the region of France you plan to visit, you may or may not require a French long-stay Family visa. There are various types of foreign nationals that do not require a long stay visa in order to enter France and stay there for a period of time longer than three months. However, if someone is expecting to stay in France for longer than six months, even those who are exempt from the long-stay visa requirements must apply for a residence permit as soon as they arrive in France.
  • Fill the France Long stay visa application form: The French embassy or consulate in your country will email you the application form if you request it online.
  • Collect the required documents: You must gather a few specific documents when applying for a France Family visa, and you must present them on the day of your consular officer interview at the French embassy or consulate in your home country.
  • Book an appointment: To participate in the interview, which is required for all applicants over the age of 11, you must make an appointment. The French embassy website in your nation normally allows you to do that, but if it does not, you will need to visit the embassy in person to schedule the interview.
  • Arrive at the interview: On the day of your meeting, be sure to arrive to the French embassy or consulate promptly. If you arrive late, your appointment may be cancelled, in which case you will need to make another appointment and wait your turn. Try to dress in something that will make you feel comfortable but is a little more formal. Prior to meeting with the consular officer, organise your paperwork and try not to be anxious. This interview typically lasts less than 10 minutes. The interviewer will enquire about your vacation to France, the reason you're going, etc.