Long-stay visa for family members of salaried workers

Long-stay visa for family members of salaried workers

Who is this visa for?

This visa concerns the spouse and the children aged under 18 years of foreign workers in France.
As polygamy is not permitted in France, a polygamous worker can be joined by only one spouse.
This visa does not concern partners and those in a civil solidarity pact.

Executives posted abroad presented by the OFII and workers on assignment enjoy an exemption that allows them to be accompanied by their family on their arrival in France (please see exempted cases.)

General cases: procedure for a worker’s family joining them in France

A salaried worker who has been residing in France for at least eighteen months with a residence permit of at least one year’s validity may apply for their family to join them in France at the “Direction territoriale de l’Office français de l’immigration et de l’intégration (OFII)” of their place of residence.

On obtaining clearance from the Prefecture in France, the French consular services in India contacts the family members mentioned for submitting the visa application(s).

Supporting documents to be submitted for this visa

1. An ordinary passport or other recognised travel document valid for at least three months from the expiry date of the visa applied for. This document must have at least two fresh pages. Copies of the first (bearing the identification photograph) and the last pages must be submitted along with this.

2. A long-stay visa application form duly filled and signed by the applicant.

3. Two recent photographs of the applicant. Please check photograph specifications here.

4. Original apostilled birth and marriage certificates along with their copies. (The originals will be returned to the applicants.)

5. The duly filled application for OFII (Office Français de l’Immigration et de l’Intégration) attestation.

6. If you are a foreigner residing in India: copy of residence permit in India.

Please note: In accordance with decree n°2008-1115 of 30/10/2008, prior to obtaining a visa, the applicant must appear for the evaluation test on French language proficiency and knowledge of the values of the French Republic, which are organised by bodies delegated for this purpose in India by the OFII. Suitable documentation must be submitted with the visa application.


Exempted case: the “accompanying family” procedure

Governed by the Office Français de l’Immigration et de l’Intégration (OFII), this procedure is reserved for workers on assignment, holders of a “highly skilled worker” residence permit (CCT) or the EU Blue Card. This procedure enables a highly skilled worker to enter France along with their family (spouse and minor children only).
The family’s date of entry on French national territory may different from that of the worker.

Apart from CCT holders, the application for bringing one’s family to France is simultaneously initiated as that for a foreign executive.

If the work contract of the worker on assignment is for a period of less than six months, their family will be issued a long-stay “visitor” visa. If the contract period is more than or equal to six months, their family will be issued a long-stay visa “private and family life – residence permit to be applied for at the Prefecture” (“vie privée et familiale - carte de séjour à solliciter en prefecture”).

The « accompanying family » procedure is initiated by the employer in France at the DIRECCTE at the same time as that for the worker on assignment.

Supporting documents to be submitted for “accompanying family” visa

1. An ordinary passport or other recognised travel document valid for at least three months from the expiry date of the visa applied for. This document must have at least two fresh pages. Copies of the first (bearing the identification photograph) and the last pages must be submitted along with this.

2. A long-stay visa application form duly filled and signed by the applicant.

3. Two recent photographs of the applicant. Please check photograph specifications here.

4. Original apostilled birth and marriage certificates along with their copies. (The originals will be returned to the applicants.)

5. If required, the duly filled application for OFII (Office Français de l’Immigration et de l’Intégration) attestation.

6. If you are a foreigner residing in India: copy of residence permit in India.

Last modified on 20/01/2017

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