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All articles on obtaining French citizenship

  • Your children were born in Israel but one parent is French?
  • You were born in France but have lived in Israel since birth?
  • You are French and your spouse is Israeli?
  • You would like to find out if your French descent can result in a EU citizenship?
  • You would like to find out how to obtain French citizenship?
  • You want to obtain a French passport?

This series of articles answers your questions regarding transferring, obtaining, and recognition of French citizenship.

The conditions for obtaining new citizenship or recognition of existing citizenship are laid out in the French civil code, from Section 17 and onwards. To help you understand the issues better, we present the important portions of the law.

This series of articles also relates to obtaining recognition of French citizenship for children born outside France, or for a spouse in the case that the wedding was not performed in France.

Why acquire French citizenship? What are the advantages?

French citizenshipFrance is one of the founding member states of the European Union. As a result, French nationality automatically grants the holder a European passport and “European citizenship”.

In 1993, when the Maastricht Treaty took effect, every citizen of a member state of the European Union was recognized as holding “European citizenship”. This citizenship grants the right to move freely, live, study, or work in all the EU member states. When traveling anywhere in the world, European citizenship also makes it possible to turn to the embassy or consulate of any EU member state, in cases where France does not have diplomatic relations with a given country. Likewise, a European citizen is eligible to vote and run for election in the European and municipal elections in the country where they live, to file a petition with the European parliament, and finally to file a complaint with the European ombudsman regarding a faulty act by the community administration.

Thus we see that French citizenship is a key that opens doors not only in France but in the 27 EU member states! What’s more, with a French passport, you can enter the United States without need for obtaining a visa in advance from the American authorities.

But that’s not all!

If want to study in Canada and have French citizenship, proving this status will enable you to enjoy subsidized tuition fees at universities in Quebec, which offer preferential treatment for French students.

In fact, Quebec and France have signed an agreement regarding tuition for French students in the province. The agreement between the Quebec government and the French Republic, signed 6 March 2015, provides for preferential treatment of French citizens seeking to study in Quebec.

Thanks to this agreement, for a bachelor’s degree, French students pay the same basic fees and one-time sum paid by Canadian students who are not Quebec residents. For a master’s degree, French citizens are charged the same tuition as students in Quebec. Moreover, for professional and technical training, French students enjoy an exemption from tuition – such studies are provided at no cost. French citizenship, therefore, enables one to study in Canada and earn a degree in North America, in the French language, under much better conditions than at other Canadian or American universities.

Who can obtain French citizenship?

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