France Family Visas

UAE nationals are required to obtain a France Family visa to enter France and stay with their family members for more than 90 days.

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    An Overview of French Family Visas

    The France Family visa is specifically designed for foreign nationals who wish to enter France to visit a family member. The family member could be a child, spouse, or parents.

    As a UAE citizen, you are not required to obtain a France Family visa if you want to visit your family member resident in France for a period that does not exceed 90 days.

    This is due to the bilateral agreement that exists between the UAE and the European Union that allows UAE citizens to enter and stay in Schengen countries (of which France is among) for 90 days within 180 days. UAE citizens must obtain a visa to stay in France for more than 90 days.

    The France Family visa allows for both Long-Stay and Short-Stay family visits. The Long-Stay (visa type D) family visit allows the applicant to enter France and stay for up to 1 year. Whereas the Short-Stay family visit (visa court séjour visite familiale) allows its holder to enter and stay in France for up to 3 months.

    You are required to obtain a residence permit from the French authorities if you want to join a family member via a France Long-Stay visa. Note that your family member whom you are going to visit in France must have resided in the country legally for at least 18 months or 12 months if they are Algerians.

    There are several France Family visa types designed for UAE citizens who wish to stay in France for more than 90 days. Besides that, non-UAE citizens resident in the UAE whose countries do not have visa-free agreements with France can also choose from these visa types to visit their family members in France.

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      Different Types of Family Visas in France

      There are several France Family visa types, and the one you will choose depends on your nationality, intended length of stay and who your family member residing in France is to you (spouse, child, or parent).

      The following are the types of France Family visas:

      France Family Visa for an EU/EEA/Swiss People Family Member

      The applicants under this type of Family visa France only need to provide a valid identity card or passport to be permitted into France. This Family visa does not require accompanying family members to enter France with a visa, therefore, it is more like a residence permit.

      Under the regulation of the Schengen Short-Stay visa, your children who are under 21 years old and your spouse who want to stay with you beyond 90 days can do so. When they enter France, without paying any fee for this visa type, they can apply at the Prefecture for the Carte de Séjour.

      Your family members must be the following for you to qualify for this visa:

      • Your direct descendant who is below 21 years or dependent
      • Your spouse
      • Your older relatives who are dependent on you directly
      • Your older relatives who are directly dependent on you or the descendants of your spouse

      France Family Visa for a Relative of Non-EU/EEA/Swiss National (Foreigner Living in France)

      You can apply for a Family Long-Stay visa if you are not a citizen of France, the EU, or the EEA to visit your family member who is resident in France. In this case, you can prove that you have sufficient money to support yourself while in France. Additionally, your family member resident in France can show that they have sufficient funds to support you when you enter France.

      France Adoption Visa

      The France Adoption visa is for parents, either French or international, who live in France and want to adopt a child abroad and bring the child to France. The authority to make decisions on the issuance of a Long-Term Adoption visa belongs to the International Intercountry Adoption Mission.

      France Family Visa for a French Citizen’s Family Member

      If a French citizen is married to a foreign national or has a non-French parent or child, they can obtain a Long-Stay Family visa to join the French citizen in France. To qualify as a family member, you must be any of the following:

      • Under 21 child of a French resident
      • Spouse of a French resident
      • Parent/grandparent of a French resident or their spouse’s parent/grandparent
      • The older relative of the French resident or their spouse’s older relative

      You must provide the following documents:

      • Children’s birth certificates (if you have children with your French spouse)
      • The French marriage certificate (Copie Intégrale de l’Acte de Mariage en France)
      • Information about the French resident

      Keep in mind that if you have been married for up to 3 years before requesting a France Family visa, as a spouse, you can qualify for a 10-year residency card.

      France Family Visa for a Talent Passport Holder’s Family Members

      If your family member who is in France currently holds a Talent Passport or EU Blue Care, you will be automatically issued a residence permit also called a Private and Family Life without a second thought. You will have the right to live and work in France with this permit.

      France Family Visas Eligibility Criteria


      To join your family member who is residing in France, you must meet the following eligibility requirements to apply for a France Family visa type that suits your case. Here are the eligibility criteria for a Family visa France:

      • Get your valid UAE international passport. It must have a minimum of 2 blank pages where your visa will be affixed.
      • Provide your recently taken passport-sized photographs that are not older than 3 months.
      • France National visa application. Complete the France National visa application form with the correct details.
      • Evidence of paid visa fee.
      • Certificate of criminal history. It must prove that you have not been charged with a criminal offence in the UAE.
      • Copies of older visas. You must present any previous visa you have used to enter any other country in the past.

      More Documents for a French Child’s Foreign Parent

      • Provide the child’s valid passport or CNIS as a means to reveal the child’s nationality.
      • Show that you are related to the French child by providing the child’s birth certificate.
      • Prove that you intend to join the French child in France.

      More Documents for the Spouse of a French Citizen

      • Proof of the French resident’s nationality via passport or identity card.
      • Marriage certificate (Livret de Famille) which is equivalent to the French civil registry.

      More Documents for the Foreign Child/Spouse of an EU Citizen

      • Provide a court decision if the child is under the custody of one parent.
      • Get your valid passport as an EU/EEA/Swiss citizen.
      • Present the passport of the child’s biological parents.
      • Proof of the relationship between you and your spouse or the child.
      • Provide a sworn statement that proves you are applying as the dependent of the French resident.
      • Get an authorisation if one parent of the child permits the child to enter France with the other parent.

      Financial Requirements for Family Visas in France

      If you plan to join your family member who resides in France on a Long-Stay visa to stay in France for up to 1 year, you must pay the visa fee worth €99. An adopted child by a French citizen will only pay €15 for a Long-Stay visa.

      Whereas for Short-Stay visas, to stay in France for up to 3 months, you must pay €80, and €40 for children. Family members of French nationals and those of citizens of other EU/EEA member states and Switzerland, are not required to pay a visa fee.

      Processing Time Of The Family Visas in France

      France Family visa processing normally takes 15 days. But occasionally, there can be a delay in processing your application, requiring you to wait up to 45 days if need be for additional clarifications.

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        Application Process For The Family Visas in France: Step By Step

        UAE citizens or non-UAE residents in the UAE who want to join their family member who is in France must follow a certain step-by-step guide to apply for a France Family visa. Below is the guide:

        Step 1. Know if You Need a Visa

        You must first verify whether you need a visa to enter France from the UAE. Keep in mind that as a UAE citizen, your length of stay in France will determine whether you need a visa or not. Our immigration lawyers at Total Law can help you in determining whether you need a visa from the UAE or not, just call us on +44 (0)333 305 9375 or contact us online.

        Step 2. Create an Account on the France Visas Website

        After knowing that you need a visa to France, you must create an account to apply at the France online portal, if you do not already have one.

        Step 3. Bring All the Required Documents

        You must then assemble all the required documents to support your application. The documents you must provide depend on your relationship with the France resident, that is, whether you are a child, spouse, or parent of the France resident. Thereafter, ensure that all documents are in French or English, otherwise, you must engage the services of a licensed translator to translate your documents from Arabic or any other language into French.

        Step 4. Fix Your Appointment at VFS Global

        Schedule your appointment with VFS Global in Abu Dhabi notwithstanding where you live in the UAE. You are required to come in person at the appointment with your supporting documents.

        Step 5. Track your France Family Visa Application

        After your appointment, keep in touch with the progress of your visa application. Upon a favourable decision, you will be notified of where and when to come and pick up your visa.

        The Rights and Benefits of Family Visa Holders in France

        UAE residents who hold a France Family visa have several benefits to enjoy. They include:


        You do not have to worry about receiving proper medication when you enter France via a Family visa, because France’s healthcare system is top-notch and renowned as one of the best in the world. The healthcare services are organised to cover all legal residents who meet the requirements.


        If you want to further your education in France, the process will be seamless and more affordable for you than in some other European countries. The educational institutions in France offer affordable courses, therefore, it is almost unnecessary to seek student loans for such courses.

        Employment Opportunities

        France is one of the countries that offer available job roles to highly qualified candidates. If you are qualified to take up jobs in France, either part-time or full-time jobs, you will have several job opportunities to work, and earn more in the country.

        Extending or Renewing Family Visas in France

        Yes, your France Family visas can be extended beyond their 3 to 12-month validity. Once you enter France, you must apply for a residence permit to seek an extension of your visa validity in France at the Prefecture in your locality.

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        How Can Total Law Help?

        The application process for a France Family visa may be overwhelming for you if you are applying for the first time due to the various documents you must provide to support your application. Also, you must choose the specific Family visa that suits your situation.

        Moreover, you must apply appropriately to avoid delay and a refusal of your visa application which may cause you to reapply and incur additional expenses. It is best to seek expert guidance from one of our friendly immigration lawyers at Total Law to help you throughout your France Family visa application process.

        This is because we already know how the France visa application processes work and the best steps to take to arrive at a favourable decision on your application. For more information about visa Schengen France, or other services we offer, call us today on +44 (0)333 305 9375 or contact us online.

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                  Frequently Asked Questions

                  A resident in France can invite a family member through an invitation certificate from the municipality in France.

                  An invitation letter is typically written by your family member or friend. The invitation letter affirms their support for your visa application.

                  Dependent ascendants are individuals to whom you are related in ascending line, such as your parents, grandparents, etc.