France – Same-sex married spouses recognised in immigration procedures02 July 2013
France recently became the thirteenth country to legalise same-sex marriage under its Law n° 2013-404 of 17 May 2013.
As a result of this change in the Civil code, married couples of same-sex and opposite-sex now also have the same rights in immigration procedures. To qualify for immigration benefits, such as a spouse residence permit, a same-sex marriage must take place in France or be registered and recognized by the country where the marriage took place. This does not apply to nationals of countries with which France has long-standing bilateral arrangements (Poland, Algeria, Tunisia, Morocco, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Serbia, Kosovo, Slovenia, Cambodia and Laos).
By contrast with married spouses, unmarried partners are not officially recognised in immigration law. However, under common law, the authorities may take other forms of relationship such as registered partners into consideration.