European Union nationals
Last updated
July 27th 2014

Particular arrangements for free movement and residence, including in the field of work, apply to European Union nationals , from another member State of the EEA, and from the Swiss Confederation.

Beneficiaries

EUEuropean Union (Germany, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Croatia, Denmark, Spain, Estonia, Finland, France, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Czech Republic, Romania, the United Kingdom, Slovakia, Slovenia, Sweden.
Nationals of other member States of the EEAEuropean Economic Area (Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway).
Nationals of the Swiss Confederation.
 

Categories not affected

n/a

Conditions for issue

Free circulation for Nationals of EUEuropean Union, from another member State of the EEAEuropean Economic Area, and from the Swiss Confederation.
No work permit necessary.

Exception(s)

 

 

Conditions for issue

Family members (spouse, children under the age of 21 or who are supported together with those of the spouse and supported relatives in the ascending line together with those of the spouse) of citizens of member states of the EUEuropean Union have a right of residence and work even if they are nationals of a third party State once the European host is in possession of a right of residence in France (whether as a worker or inactive).

If the European host is a student, only the members of the family (spouse, children under the age of 21 or supported as well as those of the spouse) may have a right to residence and to work.

Permit issued to the worker

There is no requirement to hold a residence permit unless the interested party requests one; it will be issued.

Permit issued to the family

  • The members of a family of an EUEuropean Union national who themselves are citizens of an EUEuropean Union country have the right to reside and work in France without being under any obligation to be in possession of a residence permit.
  • Members of the family of an EUEuropean Union national who are citizens of a third party State must under all circumstances be in possession of a residency permit. This permit whose period of validity is equal to the expected duration of the stay planned by the EUEuropean Union national up to a maximum period of validity of 5 years is stamped “member of the family of a citizen of the Union

 

Procedure to follow

  • First issue

    Application elements

    No work permit for EUEuropean Union nationals or for their family members (whatever their nationality) once their European host has a right of residency in France (whether as a worker, inactive, or student).

     

    Potential additional documents

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    Application submission

    • Prefecture for citizens of third countries who are family members of an EUEuropean Union citizen.
    • DIRECCTERegional directorate for companies, competition, consumption, work and employment for Croatian nationals.

     

    Application evaluation

    • No special administrative formalities for EUEuropean Union nationals.
    • Prefecture in the place of residence for citizens of third countries who are family members of an EUEuropean Union citizen.

     

    Medical examination

    • No medical examination required for EUEuropean Union citizens or for their family members (whatever their nationality).

    Issuance of the residence permit

    • No requirement to hold a residence permit for EUEuropean Union nationals.
    • Prefecture for citizens of third countries who are family members of an EUEuropean Union citizen.
       
  • Renewal

    Application elements

    No work permit for EUEuropean Union nationals or for their family members (whatever their nationality).

     The family members of an EUEuropean Union national who are citizens of a third country must have a residency permit even if they do not work.

    Potential additional documents

    n/a

    Application submission

    • No filing required for EUEuropean Union nationals
    • Prefecture for citizens of third countries who are family members of an EUEuropean Union citizen 

    Application evaluation

    • No evaluation required for EUEuropean Union nationals
    • Prefecture in the place of residence for citizens of third countries who are family members of an EUEuropean Union citizen 

     

    Issuance of the residence permit

    • No filing required for EUEuropean Union nationals
    • No medical examination required for EUEuropean Union citizens or for their family members (whatever their nationality). 

Taxes to pay

  • Taxes due by the employer

    No tax.

  • Taxes due by the foreign national for issuance

    Exempt

  • Taxes due by the foreign national for renewal

    Exemption except in the event of failure to present the overdue title.

  • Taxes due by family member

    Exemption except for a citizen of a third country who is a family member of an EUEuropean Union national in the event of an irregularity in entry onto the territory of France or of residency at the time of application for a residency permit.

Reference documents

 

The Official Journal (JORF), CESEDA may be consulted at the www.legifrance.gouv.fr web-site