France Immigration from Australia
France is the largest country in Western Europe. It is known over the world for its history, cuisine, and wines. It is a member of the United Nations Security Council, a founding member of the European Union, and a member of the European Union’s Schengen Region, which allows free travel throughout much of continental Europe.
Benefits of migrating to France
France offers a better quality of life and for overseas job seekers, it has a strong work-life balance and prioritizes family life and careers equally. When it comes to raising a family, France has excellent schools, a diverse cultural landscape, and a low cost of living.
When it comes to jobs, though, several of the world’s most well-known international corporations have offices in France. This means good career opportunities.
Requirements to migrate to France
France is a member of the Schengen Zone, the European Union, and the European Economic Area (EEA) (EEA). As a result, citizens of the nations in these groups do not require a visa to enter France or to live, work, or study here.
If they plan to stay in the nation for more than 90 days, they may need to apply for an EU-citizen residence card.
Citizens of other countries have to apply for a visa even if they want to visit for a short period.
Those who wish to live in France permanently must apply for an extended stay visa, often known as a visa de long séjour. Anyone planning on staying in France for longer than 90 days will need this visa.
The Long-term visa is also known as the D visa. this visa is issued under four categories:
- Stay for personal or tourist reasons
- Stay for work
- Stay for education
- Stay to reunite with family
There are some documents that all applicants must have regardless of the type of long-term visa they are applying for, as well as some documents that are specific to the type of visa they are applying for. The following are the general documents that every applicant will require:
- A completed visa application form
- A passport that is valid for at least three months longer than the duration of the desired stay is required. There must be at least two blank pages in the passport.
- 2 recent passport size photos
- A copy of the applicant’s itinerary, including details on where they will stay.
- Travel insurance
- Proof of payment of the visa fee
- Proof of sufficient funds to pay the cost of living and accommodation in France
After gathering the requisite documents, the applicant must schedule an appointment with the consulate to submit the paperwork and be interviewed. This appointment can be made via the internet. The interview lasts roughly 10 minutes on average. The visa application process can take up to two months.
Applying for permanent residence
You can apply for a carte de resident after five years of continuous residence in France. This is a ten-year renewable permanent residence visa that allows you to stay in France. Whether you get it or not is determined by your particular circumstances, such as the reason for your stay, your employment and financial stability, how well you integrate into French society, and your language skills.
If you leave France for more than two years in a row, you lose your right to permanent residency.
Exemptions for permanent residency
On the basis of family reunification, the five-year residency requirement is reduced to three years if you are joining a family member in France who already has permanent residence or if you are the parent of a child with French nationality who has temporary residence. Anyone who meets the requirements for French citizenship by birth has the right to live in France permanently.
You can apply for permanent residency if you have been married to a French national for more than three years.
Application process for PR visa
You can apply for French permanent residency at your local French préfecture, (town hall). They can tell you what documents you’ll need based on your specific situation. Documents verifying your residency, an employment contract, bank statements, birth or marriage certificates, and a medical certificate are some documents that may be required.
Should I opt for French permanent residency or citizenship?
A permanent residence visa in France allows you to stay in the country for ten years. Because it is renewable, you may theoretically live in France permanently with this status. While you have many of the same rights as French citizens, you do not have all of them. You can’t vote in elections or occupy public office, for example.
If you choose to become a French citizen, you will also become a member of the European Union. As a result, you have complete freedom of movement throughout the EU. If you become a French citizen, you do not have to give up your original nationality; you can have dual citizenship.
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