Family reunification > France

last update: March 2013

A foreigner living legally in France can be rejoined by members of his family if:

- he or she has a residence permit of at least one year;
- has adequate financial resources;
- and has accomodation facilities that are big enough.

The family members who are concerned are the husband or wife, and minor children of both of them or of one or the other spouse. In principle, these family members must live abroad, but in some cases it is possible to obtain a consolidation on site if they are in France.

Family reunification may be refused for reasons such as the threat to public order or polygamy.

People who have obtained refugee status can be rejoined by members of their families without having to meet the resource and housing  requirements.

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