The basic facts. I am from the UK, my wife of 7 years is a Chinese (People’s Republic of China) citizen. Currently resident in Hong Kong. We own a home near Limoges and plan to move in mid-June.
We are both freelance (or will be) videographers / producers.
The French consulate in Hong Kong said my wife cannot apply for a long stay visa (more than 90 days) because according to them this visa does not exist for a non-EU spouse (with the exception of wive’s or husbands of French nationals).
The consulate told us to apply for a visitor visa - 90 days - and then apply for change of status when we arrive in France.
But.... the visa officer said she didn’t know where we should apply once we got to France. The local Marie, the Interior Ministry, Immigration.. she simply said he had no idea - except “apply for change of status after you arrive”. She also could not advise when the application should be made, on arrival at the airport, after we reach our home.. nothing.
However, we have seen on other threads that non-EU spouses of EU citizens who apply for a visitor visa - knowing beforehand that they have every intention of staying - have been accused of misrepresenting themselves on their visa application, and are then subsequently required to leave the country and re-apply (if they are not blacklisted of course) - only to go back to square one.. apply for a visitor visa and then apply for change of status once you arrive... and so the wheel keeps on turning.
Anybody else been on this merry-go-around? Solutions?