French spouse visa
As the application process includes taking a photo and the ten fingerprints of each applicant, it is not possible to send in a visa application via the post. This also applies to residents of Samoa and the Cook Islands.
Each applicant aged 12 years and over must travel to Wellington to apply for their visa in person.
The only exception applies to applicants of visas for African countries. Applicants for these visas are not required to apply in person at the Consulate of France.
One appointment must be made for each passport holder. Applicants will need to make an appointment during the opening hours of the Consulate of France : 9.15 am to 1.15 pm, Monday to Friday.
Applicants will not be admitted to the Consulate if they do not have an appointment.
Please click here to book an appointment.
If applicants are unable to attend an appointment they should amend or cancel it.
The foreign spouse (and children - under 21) of a French citizen are required to apply for this visa to live in France with their spouse in order to obtain a residency permit carte de séjour and to work there.
If the spouse holds an EU passport, they are not required to apply for a visa to live in France.
However, if they intend to work in France, they will need to apply for a “carte de séjour” at the nearest Prefecture when you arrive in France.
Please note: This visa does not apply to people in a de facto relationship, or who have a French Civil Union (PACS) or any other European Union Civil Union. If you are not married to a French citizen, you are required to apply for a long stay visa for France or New Caledonia and French Polynesia.
Please note: your marriage has to be registered at the Consulate of France in Wellington before you can apply for this visa.
- Completed and signed long stay visa application form.
- Completed and signed OFII form
- One recent passport photo,
- Passport + one photocopy + photocopies of stamps on any of the passport’s pages,
- French marriage certificate or transcription (must be less than three months since it has been issued) and livret de famille,
- Original +copy of the French spouse’s passport or copy of the French spouse’s national identity card or their Certificate of French Nationality or their full French birth certificate (must be less than three months since it has been issued),
- Proof of address in France
- Travel itinerary,
- A pre-paid courier envelope with the applicant’s address provided for return of passport.
NB: This visa is free of charge
Please note: As applications must be sent (by post) to Noumea for authorisation, applicants for New Caledonia must provide a pre-paid courier envelope for postage overseas in their application. Applications for French Polynesia are sent to Papeete for authorisation electronically. Therefore applications for French Polynesia do not need to include a pre-paid courier envelope for postage overseas in their application.
From the date we receive your application, we require a minimum of four weeks to process it.
It is your responsibility to provide us with a complete application.
If any documents are missing from your application, it is highly likely that your visa will not be granted.