When one applies for naturalisation in France, if they fulfill the requirements in terms of time spent in the country, there are other requirements for things to be shown such as:
- evidence of three 'good' French tax returns
- evidence of your employment as well as your contribution to French society
- evidence of linguistic ability in the French language
- a submission of your CAF records
it is the last point which I am enquiring about. It is not explicitly stated on any website of the French government, but I have read online that having claimed social benefit at any point during your stay in France excludes you from naturalising.
I am not yet to the point where I can naturalise (the time requirements are a few years away from me still) but I will be eligible due to completing a PhD in France. Assuming that all of my other requirements have been fulfilled, the question becomes:
Is there any information available on the effect of having claimed social benefit in France on naturalisation applications? So far, all information I've found has been personal accounts from the Internet.
If it makes a difference, I have not CLAIMED social benefits (read: I have never gotten any money). I made an application under the encouragement of others during a hard financial period, and the application was approved. Further documentation was required which I did not send in. I was not aware, at the time, that this would have a negative effect on my immigration record. I just had a PhD stipend and was spending more money than I was getting (US student loan payments = half of my stipend and the rest was rent) and colleagues recommended the scheme, so I thought I'd try. I haven't done anything with the application since.
Will this count as having claimed social benefit? What effect will this have on my application if all other requirements are fulfilled?