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Can I acquire French citizenship through my father if he passed away?

I am 26 years old and I born in Djibouti and my father was born before the independence. I found out that my parents was a French citizens while Djibouti was still colonized by France but my mother ...
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About losing French nationality by 'not-using'

I have a question to those who knows the "article 30-3" well, Do you wether the law applies to every French citizens or just for the former colonies? And do you know if death of one of the ...
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Surname change or citizenship application: what should I do first?

I am French and have been living in the UK for 12 years. I am married to a British citizen. I want to change my name, to have a double-barreled name with mine and his. I also just passed my Life in ...
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French nationality for grand son of French nationals, when the parent didn't claim the nationality [duplicate]

My great grand parent were both French nationals, my grand mother was born outside of France, but never claims her French nationality due to the lack of a near French embassy, she die some years ago. ...
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Is renouncing one's US citizenship approx. equally administratively complex as renouncing one's US lawful permanent resident status (green card)?

Is renouncing one's US citizenship approximately equally administratively complex as renouncing one's US lawful permanent resident status (i.e., giving up one's green card)? If that matters (e.g., for ...
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Is a US reentry permit useful for more than 1 entry into the US?

Is a US reentry permit useful for more than 1 entry into the US? E.g., if a US lawful permanent resident and French citizen applies for reentry permit (via Form I-131, Application for Travel Document (...
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My father is a French citizen, but he was not on my birth certificate. Can I get a French passport?

I was born in the UK, my mother is British. My father is French and I did not have a lot of contact with him until I was in my 20s (I am now 40). He was not on my birth certificate and I was not '...
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Short stay in France while remote working for a US company (French citizen)

Currently living in the US, I would like to travel to France for a maximum of 6 months and continue working remotely (French citizen with US L1 VISA). How should I declare taxes? Should I declare ...
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How do I know whether I am registered in the worldwide registry of French citizens established outside France?

I am a French citizen, permanent resident in the United States and currently in Thailand, where I'd like to renew my passport because some airlines require it to be in pristine condition. I read on ...
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If a dual France-US citizen gets drafted by both France and the US in the event of a war, must the individual join the French or the US army?

If a dual France-US citizen gets drafted by both France and the US in the event of a war, must the individual join the French or the US army? If both, can they avoid getting fined/jailed/punished for ...
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Can I also get French citizenship?

My grandfather had French citizenship. But my father doesn't. Am I eligible for French citizenship based on my [grand]father's citizenship. How to apply?
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How can Groupe PSA fly back their French expat employees located at Wuhan back to France despite the ongoing quarantine in Wuhan?

I read on https://www.20minutes.fr/monde/2703219-20200125-coronavirus-troisieme-cas-confirme-france-15-nouveaux-deces-chine (mirror) that Groupe PSA is going to fly back their French expat employees ...
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Changing surname in France and America

I am a French citizen and a permanent resident of America, and my American fiance and I are getting married. I would like to change my name legally in France as well as America. What is the process so ...
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I live in the USA. I was born in London. My grandfather is French- can I apply for a French passport?

I live in the USA. I was born in England. My father’s father (my grandfather) was born in France. My father has a French passport (he was born & raised in England), and when I was a child, I was ...
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Recognizing French nationality through my mother

Thank you ahead of time for reading this and helping me understand if I can claim French nationality for me and potentially my children through my mother's nationality. I've read a number of the ...
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Mother lost French citizenship due to US naturalization, then regained it due to change in law. Was I born French?

My mother was born a French citizen in Algeria in 1952. She emigrated to the U.S. And was naturalized in 1970 or so. French law only permitted men to hold dual citizenship until 1973, at which point ...
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Young man in Europe, never paid US taxes. Does this making renouncing citizenship easier?

I'm a young (20 years old) American (with French dual citizenship) living in Europe currently considering renouncing my US citizenship. However, I'm quite intimidated by the amount of paperwork, ...
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Regarding French nationality

My grandfather worked as a policeman in Pondicherry, India, during the French rule. Recently I found a document in his cupboard. It's titled as Application to register to French consulate and he ...
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How should I plan my vacation and work to the USA as a French?

Currently working as a Software Developer in France (I'm French), I plan to visit the USA as a tourist first. But then, I'd like to work there, to improve my English skill and diversify my working ...
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Inheritance for a French citizen with a G4 visa married to a US citizen

I am a French citizen on a G4 visa living in the US and married to a US citizen with no children. I want to ensure that in case I was to pass away my spouse would inherit everything from me. Should I ...
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Renew J2 visa without J1

I am a French citizen living in USA, my wife has J-1 visa, me and my daughter are J-2 dependent. All of Our visas expire in January. Me and my daughter we need to go back to France in February, but ...
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Non-EEA national (US citizen) wanting to marry EEA national in UK on a marriage visitor visa without intent to permanently settle in UK

My girlfriend (EEA national/French citizen who is working in the UK) and I (non-EEA national, US citizen) want to get married and live together while she is working in London. We don't intend to ...
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French freelancer moving to Australia

I currently work as a freelancer in France, and I plan to move to Australia. I intend to continue to work for my clients (who are based in Europe), but only for a few months as I will ultimately look ...
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French citizenship through UK-born father whose birth was registered as French outside France

My father was born in the UK to a French mother (born in France), with his birth registered at the consulate as a French born outside of France. He has a French passport & CNIS. He has always been ...
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Can I have both married and maiden names on my French ID card?

During my interview at my regional prefecture for application for French nationality (dual in fact because I hold a British passport in my married name) the interviewer noticed that I had omitted to ...
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French 10-year carte de séjour holder out of France for 4 years

My husband is a 10-year carte de séjour holder and he visited Canada, met me and we decided to get married. He applied for permanent resident status here, which took rather long and he ended up ...
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Getting a French passport - born abroad to a French mother

I was wondering if any of you have any experience with this: I am looking at getting a French passport. My mother is French and I was born in the UK. My birth was registered at the French Consulate ...
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Why is a French bank asking me to fill out a W-9 form?

I'm a dual citizen, US and French. I'm working for a French company in France, and paying French taxes. Why is my French bank requesting me to fill out W-9 form?
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Do my children have French nationality?

I am French and have been living in the UK for a long time with my British husband. We have adopted twin boys (full adoption) 20 years ago when they were 7 months old (now 21). Do they ...
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France: police and expatriates

Neighbors called the police because I was a bit noisy, they talked to me and made a photo of my ID. Who will have access to the info that police intervened and will it influence the decision on ...
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If someone was born to foreigners in France in 1958, lived there until 1962, and had a French birth certificate, would they be a French citizen?

Before the 1993 Méhaignerie Law, I'm not sure how this would work.
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Can I get French citizenship if my grandfather had a French passport?

My grandfather went to Russia in 1934 to study in Moscow. He had an Indian passport (under British rule) and travelled there from Kenya via Germany and France. On his return, he went through France, ...
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French citizenship through an uncle

My father's uncle was born in Damascus and served in the French army, dying for France in 1915 at Souchez, France. Does this help me in any way with the acquisition of French citizenship?
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Do I need an Apostille for American documents in France? [duplicate]

I am French, born and residing in the United States. I am preparing my request for a certificat de nationalité française (CNF) / Certificate of French Nationality. Does anyone know if I absolutely ...
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Requirements for the request for a Certificate of French Nationality from the US

Will a request for a CNF (certificate of French Nationality) require that American certificates be notarized by an apostille and/or a French translation?
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French Citizenship through Grandma [closed]

I have a question I've been searching to find the answer to. My grandma fled France due to WW2 with her mom. She was from Strasbourg, but never gained citizenship in the US. I was born in the US and ...
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Loss of French Nationality by desuetude (50 year rule) [closed]

My father was born in France to a French mother and was later adopted by Americans and was raised in America. He never returned to France. He died young, before reaching the age of 50. I am 33 years ...
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What official documents would have been produced for a child born in France in 1958? [duplicate]

My father is deceased. He was born in Orleans, France in 1958 to a French woman, was adopted as a baby and taken to Germany. I would like to find documents to confirm his identity, as his name was ...
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How to request official documents from France of deceased parent?

My father was born in 1958 and adopted. He traveled from France as a baby and moved to Germany. He is deceased. What pieces of identification or official french documents (besides the acte de ...
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French Citizenship and article 30-3 of the Civil Code

My father was born to a French woman but adopted shortly after birth by Americans. My father died young, before the expiration of the 50 year restriction mentioned in 30-3 of the civil code. I am only ...
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Where should I pay income taxes (Living abroad, working for a French company)

I am French citizen working for a French company, I work remotely from Morocco where I have been living for five years. I used to work for a Moroccan company, therefore taxes where taken from my ...
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Legitimative adoption and French nationality [closed]

My father was born to a French woman in Orleans, France, but was abandoned and adopted by an American soldier and his wife. The acte de naissance of 1958 says that he "will cease to belong to his ...
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Registering French nationality - name change and where to get help

My mother was born in France and both of her parents are French. She moved to the UK and married my (British) father. When she did this, she changed her surname to his. My parents were married when I ...
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Could we face problems when coming back to the UK after Brexit?

I'm an EEA national (French) living in the UK since 2008 and exercising treaty rights. On that basis my non-EEA wife has a "Resident card of a family member of an EEA national" (expires 2019). ...
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Dutch and French national got married in Sweden and are resident in the UK. Are they legally married in the UK for practical purposes?

I am a Dutch citizen and got married to a French citizen while we were both resident in Sweden in 2012. Presently we are living in England, United Kingdom. How do we inform the relevant authorities ...
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Will I keep the French nationality after divorce?

I was married with a French person for 7 years, and applied for French citizenship on the sixth year of our marriage - long after obtaining the legal right for application. However, we got divorced ...
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Obtaining French Citizenship through a married grandfather

My grandmother married her second husband many years before I was born and he is from Martinique, which means he has French citizenship. To make it clear, my father is the child of my grandmother's ...
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French girlfriend to an Australian moving to france

Hi there my girlfriend is from France and I'm an Australian guy and was wondering if anybody had applied for a spouse visa to live in France or something similar and what the process is?
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Attaining nationality from expat mother

I am a 20 year old UK citizen (where I have lived all my life) and my mother had a French passport when she was a child but not since. Is it possible for me to apply for French citizenship on blood ...
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French citizen living abroad, how to get my French passport?

I was born in France of French parents who moved to the US and became US citizens. I lived in France until the age of 10. I now live in the US but would like to hold a French passport as well. I do ...
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