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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.

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My father got his french nationality almost 25 years ago, but he came back to pakistan, now he died two years ago, can we apply for french immigration or something like that?? where should i ask it from?
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My father got his french nationality almost 25 years ago, but he came back to pakistan, now he died two years ago, can we apply for french immigration or something like that?? where should i ask it from?
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Have a look at the link supplied by Bev above to get an idea of whether you qualilfy. If you are outside France, your first point of contact should be your local French Consulate. If you are French resident, you should contact your local Tribunal d'Instance (might be different for Paris), which has to be done in person.

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Did your father get his French nationality before or after you were born? You should probably contact the French consulate with whatever documents you have on his nationality to see if you can claim French nationality for yourself should you meet the qualifications.
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My process is not done, but from the time I turned in my papers to my interview with the prefecture was 5 months. They told me I will have my response within 8 months.

Of course, I got my list of papers needed in March and then between March and June had papers added to my list every time I went to file my dossier. So yea, paperwork time before turning in your dossier adds onto the time as you never know what you need or if you have all you need (I thought I had it all, but turned out to be a bit of a mess with some new US regulations on receiving certain papers).

Oh and mine is through marriage.

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One month to gather the documents required and get translations
One month to receive my Certificat de Nationalite Francaise
BUT mine was pretty much an automatic process being born of a French father, born in France of French parents born in France (birth not registered in Nantes, parents' marriage not registered with consulate, no livret de famille)
Still awaiting registration by Nantes of my birth certificate, required for Carte d'Identitie and passport

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