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I'm going to move to France after the summer, trying to do my very best on finding jobs atm. My boyfriend lives in the US and wants to move in with me. I know that as soon as I live there i become a french citizen. I was wondering what the requirements were regarding the long term visitor visa. I know he can't work for the whole year but do i have to have a certain amount of money to support him? And how much would that be? Also if he has to have a certain amount of money how much would that be? Im not worried about me not being able to support him but more about the requirements.

How would everything be processed?

Any tips on websites?

Claudia
 

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Actually, you don't become a french citizen "as soon as you live there." If you are a Dutch citizen, you have the right to live and work there as an EU national.

The boyfriend doesn't have any particular claim on a long-stay visa, and in fact, may have some trouble obtaining one if he can't show enough funds to support himself for a year in France (including having private health insurance).

As an EU national you have the right to have your spouse or recognized civil partner live with you in France, but you would need to either be married or have some form of legally recognized civil partner agreement to invoke the EU right for him to get a carte de séjour as the partner of an EU national exercising her EU rights.

If you have French nationality, he could apply for a long-stay visitor visa that would work sort of like a "fiancé" visa. As long as you got married during the first year, he could then apply for a change of status to a spouse visa/carte de séjour.

In any event, there is no fixed sum that you would have to show as sponsor in either of the scenarios. You would have to show that you are indeed "resident" in France - which usually means that you have a job or are studying and have some resources to support yourself and your partner/spouse.

Check the visa section of the website for the French consulate that covers the area in which your boyfriend lives.
Cheers,
Bev
 
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