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Questions about European (French) citizenship and the European Union

Discussion in 'Off Topic [BG]' started by crispygoat, Jan 18, 2012.

  1. crispygoat

    crispygoat Guest

    Aug 22, 2006
    London, Ontario

    Following my graduate studies, I have the intention of moving to Europe for a certain period of time. I am currently considering Sweden. Here's the thing:

    After World War II, my grandparents moved to Canada from France where they had my father. In the 1960s they returned to France for a short period of time, but eventually moved back to Canada. My father never bothered getting a French citizenship.

    Now, from what I heard, traveling within the European Union is relatively easy if you have a citizenship from a European Union country.

    So my questions are,

    Is there any short term (i.e. getting a work permit) and long term (i.e. getting Swedish citizenship) benefits in getting a French citizenship if my goal is to move to Sweden? If so, am I eligible to claim French citizenship by descent?

    Thank you.
  2. Anybody from any EU country can work and live in any other EU country without a Visa or permit.

    So getting a French passport would allow you to live and work in sweden.

    Regarding being eligible to claim a french passport it might be worth going to the embassy but IMO you are not eligible!

    I checked online and to be french you have to be either:

    _of french parent (at least one) no mention of grandparents

    _born on french soil.

    _marry a french

    _have lived for 5 years in France

    Sorry but it doesnt look good...
  3. crispygoat

    crispygoat Guest

    Aug 22, 2006
    London, Ontario
    Thank you for your hindsight. I contacted the Canadian French embassy. It seems my father would have to gotten his French citizenship before I was 18. Also, my father isn't eligible either seeing his parents haven't had any French identification documents in the past 50 years.

    By the way, I really like your black and white pictures of old people!
  4. Thank you for checking out my pictures!

    Feel free to save the link as i add more stuff every week or so!

    Sorry to hear about the failed passport attempt!

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