Procedure: GNIB card (Stamp 4 & Stamp 4 EUFAM)

If you hold a valid GNIB card with the stamp “4EUFAM”

From January 2nd 2012, following European Convention 2004/38, the foreign spouse or family member of an EU national may enter France without a visa if they are in possession of:

- a valid travel document (passport);
- and a valid residency permit (GNIB card) with the endorsement "EU Fam" (this endorsement is compulsory in order to be visa exempted) ;
- and if they are joining* or travelling** with the EU national.

If you do satisfy all the 3 above conditions, you are visa exempted to travel to France for a short stay purpose, but you will be asked to travel with :

*When joining the EU citizen in France, you will be asked to travel with your valid travel document (passport), your valid GNIB card 4EUFam, the official document proving your bond with the EU citizen (marriage certificate, birth certificate, civil partnership…), a copy of the EU citizen’s travel document, a letter from the EU citizen stating the fact he/she is already in France along with a copy of his flight/ferry booking to prove it.

**When travelling with the EU citizen, you will be asked to travel with your valid travel document (passport), your valid GNIB card “4EUFam”, the official document proving your bond with the EU citizen (marriage certificate, birth certificate, civil partnership…) and the EU citizen must travel with his/her own valid travel document (passport).

If you do not satisfy all the 3 above conditions, you will need to apply for a visa to travel to France.

If you hold a valid GNIB card “4EUFam” but you are not joining or travelling with the EU citizen, you must apply for a visa as a tourist (please check requirements for a tourist visa).

If you do not hold a stamp “4EUFAM” on your valid GNIB card (usually the case for family members of Irish nationals)

If your valid residency permit (GNIB card) does not show the endorsement "EU Fam", as it is usually the case for family members of Irish nationals who hold only a stamp “4”, a visa is required. However, you can still obtain a visa as an EU family member if:

1) You are:
- the spouse of an EU citizen
- a financially dependent child (under 21) of an EU citizen
- the parents of an EU citizen
- the financially dependent child (under 21) or the financially dependent parent of the spouse of an EU citizen. (Proof to be provided)

2) AND if you are travelling with or joining the EU citizen

If you do satisfy the 2 above conditions, you are entitled to apply for a visa as a family member of an EU citizen. (please check procedure and requirements for EU family member).

If you do not satisfy the 2 above conditions, you must apply for a visa as a tourist (please check procedure and requirements for a Tourist visa).

Published on 01/04/2016

top of the page