Does anyone have experience/advice about marrying in France with child(ren) from a previous marriage in tow?
I'll be getting married to a French citizen in mid-July. I have a daughter from a previous marriage and I applied for a long-stay visa for her. (I have custody as well a signed/notarized affadavit from her father giving his consent to her departure.)
After the requisite two-month wait, we've just been notified by the Vice Consul that my daughter's visa application has been denied and that in order for her to live with me in France, I will have to show proof of marriage -- and re-apply for the visa.
The consul was aware that I was getting married when my daughter and I went in for our initial interview, but he did not state at that time that my current unmarried state would prove hazardous to our chances of getting a long-stay visa for my daughter. In fact, I also arrived with a visa application for myself, but was advised to get married within three months of my arrival in order to circumvent the visa process. So, on the one hand, the Vice Consul was very helpful, on the other...not.
I was dumbfounded that my daughter's visa was denied and am now afraid that further refusals may lurk in the future. She's school age and already registered at a lycee in the town we'll be living in. I've sold my house in the States, hired movers, and purchased tickets. But it looks like my soon-to-be new husband and I may be forced into harboring a juvenile fugitive!
I'm at my wit's end about what to do as re-applying for her visa will
Any thoughts are gladly appreciated.