Applying for French citizenship through descent

French citizenship through descent or ascent

Last updated: September 2023

The criteria

You may be entitled to French nationality if:

The application

You'll need to fill in the application form CERFA 16237 (talk to me about getting a copy of a CERFA form in English which details most possible scenarios). You'll also need to send evidence of your identity, residence and entitlement to French citizenship. Please note all documents must be originals, and all paperwork issued in English much be attached to a French translation carried out by a certified French translator. The list of documents to send with your application for a certificate of french nationality (CNF) currently include:

The applications for CNF are handled by the Tribunal de Paris, 29-45 avenue de la Porte de Clichy, 75869 Paris Cedex 17, France. They may contact you by email to request further documents to support your application.

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