Wednesday, 16 October 2019

New French residence portal for Britons in case of no-deal Brexit

The French government has launched an online portal to make it easier for UK nationals to secure residence if there’s a no-deal Brexit.

This new resource enables Britons living in France to start residence applications online instead of through their local préfecture. It also means UK nationals settled in France for five or more years can apply for the carte de séjour while still an EU citizen, helping streamline the process in the event of a no-deal Brexit. Confirming that applications will only be processed if and when a no-deal Brexit takes place, the French government has stressed that there is no need to rush.

If there is no deal on 31 October, UK nationals living in France will have six months – up to 30 April 2020 – to apply for a residence permit. There would be another six months before these permits become mandatory for UK adults from 31 October 2020.

During the transition period, UK nationals will retain the legal right to remain and access resident benefits, but would need to exchange their residence permit or carte de séjour for the latest residence card by the October deadline. If there is a deal, the transition period is set to end on 31 December 2020.

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