Key Points
  • An electronic portal is now available for UK nationals in France to apply for residence permits
  • Applicants must be living in France or arrive in France by December 31, 2020 to be eligible
  • UK nationals and their family members must apply for a residence permit by June 30, 2021
  • All UK nationals must have a French residence permit by October 1, 2021
  • Applicants must provide proof of physical presence in France through December 31, 2020
  • Applicants must confirm right to stay in France in accordance with EU regulations
  • The change does not affect UK nationals who arrive in France on or after January 1, 2021
    Applicants must complete additional in-person requirements after applying online
Overview

Due to the Brexit transition, the French government has launched an electronic portal that allows UK nationals who are in France or arrived in France before December 31, 2020 to apply for a French residence permit. UK nationals must file for a French residence permit by June 30, 2021.

Who is Affected?

The requirements apply to all UK nationals and their family members who are currently living in France or arrive in France before the end of 2020. The change does not impact UK nationals and their family members, as defined below, who arrive in France on or after January 1, 2021.

For the purposes of residency applications, family members include spouses, registered partners, unmarried partners, adult children, and mothers and fathers of UK nationals. The mothers, fathers, and adult children of applicants’ spouses are also considered family members. Family members also include individuals under the care of a UK national and individuals who are part of a UK national’s household or require care from a UK national for serious medical conditions.

What are the Requirements?

Online residence permit applications must be submitted by June 30, 2020. All UK nationals must have a French residence permit by October 1, 2021.

Documentation is required for applicants to prove that they were in France or arrived in France by December 31, 2020. Applicants must show that they have secured their right to stay in France beyond three months in accordance with EU regulations.

What Else Should Applicants Know?

After submitting an online application, applicants will be contacted to appear in person at the local administration to complete all additional physical requirements for obtaining a residence permit, including ID photos and fingerprinting.

UK nationals who are not eligible to use the online portal must submit their residence permit applications in person at the local administration. Additional information will be provided for in-person applicants.


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