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My wife is french. Does that make life easier for me in applying for residence?

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Hi all,

My wife is french. Does that make life easier for me in applying for residence?

Phil
Yes and no. At the moment, i.e. before Brexit, if you are British you can move to France under the Freedom of Movement rules anyway. Of course, that does mean you have to meet the rules. However, if your wife is French and the marriage is genuine, you can stay. Post Brexit you would have to apply for a visa as the spouse of a French citizen, once you have that you can move to and work in France and as long as the marriage remains afoot you can stay.

Actually being considered 'resident' is another matter and I'm not at all sure what you are getting at in that regard.

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As EH has more or less said, you don't "apply for residency" in France. If you are legally living in France (with your wife, as required by law), you can prove your residence by providing evidence that you have utility bills in either your name or shared name with your French wife. (Trust me on this one - it gets really tricky if you don't have your name on any of the utility bills. It can be done, but it's really tricky.)

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And if it's access to the French health system you are looking for, it does not give you immediate access. (Even French citizens returning to France after living elsewhere have to be here for 3 months before they are covered). There's a good deal of information for French citizens returning to France here https://www.service-public.fr/partic...sdroits/F32823

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Scroll down to the bottom of the page, too, some useful links re your particular situation.


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