Our son is 18 & is going thru this application right now so that he too can join the gendarmes, I hope the following will be of some help to you.
Please note that the info i give here is based on his/our circumstances, I do not know for a younger person or people with other life differences ie. full time work etc, every case is different. We live in the Charente so have to use the prefecture in Angouleme for this application process.
The prefecture in Angouleme is open weekdays (not Tuesday for naturalisation matters) 9-2pm only
He had to go to see them in person, no appt necessary, He took his UK passport only.
He had an informal 20 min interview to go thru procedure. The place can be busy & is on a ticket system not appointment.
They took his details down & went thru everything that is involved
in application & broke each thing down so he would understand &
get it right. She highlighted the parts of the application that related to him & made notes to help in in his app.
They told him theyve had all files for other applicants on hold for 7
months because of low staff levels so there is a back log & could
take 18 months to get the application finalised ie acceptance or refusal.
They told him there is is no charge other than a 55€ cost for a fiscal stamp which he would obtain at a bar/tabac.
He came away with a dossier (file) this is containing the required paperwork list & highlighted sections that concern him individually. Also a form to fill in with family particulars. Also a form to complete if you wish to alter your name to French sounding ie William to Guillaume this is not obligatory however.
He has to provide quite a few original documents AND photo copies of them too, he will take these with him to the next & final interview, the originals will be checked then can be taken home again after the meeting but of course the photocopies will be kept in the app file. The documents required will depend on
circumstances but he is college & has a bourse & is living with
parents so is based on these circumstances & a few others. documents
like parents proof of income & proof that we have lived here 5
years & tax avis d'imposition. scholarship cert. parents passport.
Parents birth certs & now obligatory from this yr a pass for the delf
test certificate, level B1 minimum (or dalf level c1c2 or c3). Any other exam diplomas etc. if he has or is working part or full time in France there is another form to fill in.
Basically he was told there is NO guarantee for anyone to be accepted for application to obtain dual nationality & she said it depends on whoever deals with your file if they deem you a good
catch for France.
Once you have got your dossier complete & ready for handing the
application over you have to make an appointment to go back for the 2nd interview, at
this interview you will be tested on France & its history &
French language too, not sure if this is a written test or an oral test
at this stage.
I hope i havent missed anything out, plz feel free to ask if you think i have done & we will answer honestly, if we know we will tell you if we dont we will tell you this too.This is all from the horses mouth & totally 100% correct over the period of this last month.
Best wishes & how wonderful your son has such good enthusiasm for his future :)
Posted on: 05/08/2012 at 17:36