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Hi All,

I have a friend whose father became a French National 5 years back. She is 29 years old, and is it possible for her to get french Nationality? Please help. Any guidance is much appreciated.

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Looking over the criteria for French nationality on the Service Public website (Nationalité française - Service-public.fr ) your friend's chances don't look all that good.

It could depend a bit on how her father got his nationality (marriage? residence? other?) but generally for his children to be eligible for naturalization, they need to have been under the age of 18 when he got his French nationality. Generally, too, to take French nationality as an adult you have to be legally resident in France for a period of 5 years or so.
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Thanks for your Reply Bev, I really appreciate your response. Her father got nationality by residence. And the exact scenario is, she is in Paris right now in a short stay Visa. Is there any other ways to claim a residence while she is residing in Paris? Her father owns an apartment in paris. If you need any details i can get it from her.

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Thanks for your Reply Bev, I really appreciate your response. Her father got nationality by residence. And the exact scenario is, she is in Paris right now in a short stay Visa. Is there any other ways to claim a residence while she is residing in Paris? Her father owns an apartment in paris. If you need any details i can get it from her.

Thanks again,
Norbert
Unless she's from an EU country, she's most likely going to have to return home to apply for a long-stay visa before she can establish residence of any sort in France. Check the web-site of the French consulate in her country to see if she'd qualify for a family reunification visa - though I'm not sure if adult children are included in this category.
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What Bev wrote is true. Yet, this is a tricky matter, and, as your friend is actually in France she could try to "consult" a lawyer specialised in "droit des étrangers" to check if she really needs to go back to her country or if she can benefit from, lets say, a loophole... The fare for such an expert's advice on her situation should not be enormous compared with the cost of an extra plane ticket. As she is in Paris she can ask to the Ordre des avocats du barreau de Paris Accueil • Page d'accueil - Ordre des avocats de Paris for a list of lawyers specialized in said matter (droit des étrangers) and then ask for an appointment for a "consultation" (and she should not be affraid to do some "shopping").
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