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You know what I'd like to know:

anyone know of any successful people who got their French nationality recently (last 12 months) and how long the process took and what their profile was (married to French person, student who changed to worker status, etc)?

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I'm assuming you've already checked the Service Public page on taking French Nationality: Acquisition de la nationalitÚ franšaise - Service-public.fr It does a pretty good job of summarizing the requirements based on your basis for taking nationality.

The accumulation of the appropriate documents takes a certain amount of time. And that depends on your grounds for asking for French nationality, where you're from and how many translations and other certifications are necessary.

The "enquete" that they do once you've submitted your dossier takes "up to one year" to complete (depends on your local prefecture and the details of your case). And then the government has two years to contest (and potentially take back) the decision to grant citizenship.

I got my citizenship based on marriage to a French person a few years ago - and they took right up to the one year limit. (Got my papers about 4 days before the one year anniversary of having my dossier accepted.) The husband of a French friend of mine got his paperwork in about 7 months - but he was a European national to begin with, and I think that helped to a certain extent. The process for applying as the spouse of a French citizen hasn't changed all that much in the last few years.
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You know what I'd like to know:

anyone know of any successful people who got their French nationality recently (last 12 months) and how long the process took and what their profile was (married to French person, student who changed to worker status, etc)?
When: More than 12 months ago, less than 5 years ago :-)
Profile: "ancestry", descendant of french immigrants of several generations ago. Process: réintegration through déclaration de nationalité.
Timeline: 20 months, start to finish, since I sent the first request of a Certificat de Nationalité till I was holding my passeport français, my carte d'identité, was registered at my local consulate as a Français établis hors de France and was registered in the electoral list.

As Bev says, collecting all the necessary documents to file the first "dossier" took additional time before those 20 months.

Cheers,
jacques.


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