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France (Guadeloupe): Whether a citizen of Dominica would have residency rights in Guadeloupe if he or she has a child born in Guadeloupe; whether citizens of Guadeloupe have residency rights in mainland France

Publisher Canada: Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada
Author Research Directorate, Immigration and Refugee Board, Canada
Publication Date 5 March 2003
Citation / Document Symbol FRA41263.E
Reference 2
Cite as Canada: Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada, France (Guadeloupe): Whether a citizen of Dominica would have residency rights in Guadeloupe if he or she has a child born in Guadeloupe; whether citizens of Guadeloupe have residency rights in mainland France, 5 March 2003, FRA41263.E, available at: http://www.refworld.org/docid/3f7d4d95e.html [accessed 29 December 2014]
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According to information provided by consular staff at the Embassy of France in Ottawa during a 4 March 2003 telephone interview, citizens of the French overseas department of Guadeloupe are French citizens and, as such, are entitled to reside anywhere in France. Guadeloupe is a part of France and, therefore, subject to its laws and regulations (ibid.). The consular staff indicated that the question of granting residence to a citizen of Dominica whose child was born in Guadeloupe would have to be decided, based on the specific circumstances of the case, by the prefecture of Guadeloupe (the local representative of the Ministry of the Interior), assuming that the person seeking resident status is or was in Guadeloupe at the time of their request, and not elsewhere in France or outside France (ibid.).

The prefecture of Guadeloupe and its sub-prefectures could not be reached within the time constraints of this Response.

For additional information on the requirements for residence in France and on the rights and obligations conferred by a residence card, please refer to FRA23834.E of 16 May 1996 and its attachments. Additional information on residence rights in France (without necessarily referring to one or more of its departments) can be found in FRA36053.E of 29 December 2000, FRA27725.E of 16 September 1997 and other Responses on the subject. Detailed and up-to-date legal information in French can be found in the Government of France website , with information specific to admission and residence of foreigners in France (Etrangers en France) available at .

This Response was prepared after researching publicly accessible information currently available to the Research Directorate within time constraints. This Response is not, and does not purport to be, conclusive as to the merit of any particular claim to refugee status or asylum.

Reference

France. 4 March 2003. Embassy of France, Ottawa. Telephone interview with consular staff.

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