Spouse of a French citizen - long stay
Attention : Excepted citizens of the European Union (EU), the European Economic Area (EEA) and Switzerland, each spouse of a french citizen who wants to settle in France must apply for a long stay visa before going to France.
Each visa applicant must appear in person with an appointment (see below). The General French Consulate in Frankfort has sole competence in Germany to issue french visas to spouses of french citizens.
You can’t apply for a visa more than 3 months before the previous date of departure.
Documents to be provided (originals + one copy of all your originals)
Original passport + photocopy of principal pages. Passport in good condition, with a date of expiration at least 15 months at the beginning of the visa, issued within the past 10 years and containing at least 2 blank pages. The visa is validated by a self-adhesive label that will be affixed to one of the pages of the passport ;
Proof of legal presence in Germany + photocopy (Aufenthaltstitel, long-stay visa) ;
Supporting evidence of the matrimonial bond (French family booklet + complete recent copy – less than two months - of the French marriage certificate in the case of a marriage in France or of the transcription in the French Consulate registry of civil status in case of a marriage abroad) ;
Supporting evidence of the spouse’s French nationality (original + photocopy) (French national ID-card or certificate of French nationality or notarial copy of a naturalization decree or of a resumption of French nationality or a birth certificate mentioning French nationality) ;
Proof of accommodation in France ;
Specific OFII form duly completed ;
Application fees : none.
Attention : The Consulate reserves the right to claim additional evidence.
Because of the processing time, we suggest you to join an envelopp in order to send it per registered post (envelopps from DHL, UPS, ... are not accepted) for the return of your passport at home in Germany.
If you don’t wish to let your passport at the visa section, you will have to come back another day to pick up your visa.
Please see the timeframes
Upon arrival in France, the person must immediately send the specific OFII form signed by the Consulate to the OFII territorial division that has jurisdiction in the Department where the person resides. The OFII will subsequently contact him or her for the compulsory medical and reception appointments. Fees for the issuance of the residency document must be paid on this occasion.
The holder of such a visa can work in France.
Stay in Schengen-Area
In accordance with Article 21 § 2bis of the Schengen Convention, this type “D” visa allows the holder to travel in the Schengen Area for a maximum of 90 days per 6-month period without any other visa.