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Have any EU Citizens (not French) brought an American spouse to France?


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Hello all, and thanks in advance for any help you may be able to offer.

I am an Irish Citizen and my US Citizen husband just went to the Consulate in NYC to apply for his long-stay visa. They turned him away. Why? Because they said he doesn't NEED one.  How can this be? 

* On their very own website, it states that a long-stay visa is needed by the Spouse of an EU Citizen to "settle down in France."  (more than 90 days stay)

* On the http://vosdroits.service-public.fr website, amongst the documents to furnish when applying for the CdS "CE - membre de famille - toutes activités professionnelles," it says "les documents qui ont permis l'entrée en France,"  Do they not mean passport AND visa?

I don't know what to do -- if we show up at the prefecture to apply for the CdS, with no visa, I am afraid he is going to have to come home and go through this exercise again.

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