Wednesday, June 2, 2021

Britons in France Have Just One Month Left to Apply for Post-Brexit French Residence Permit

There’s only one month left for Britons living in France to apply for a residency permit- carte de séjour- otherwise, they risk being considered undocumented migrants unable to work or access health or social care legally in France.

The United Kingdom’s citizens living in France before the transition period, December 31, 2020, are being urged to file their applications for residency as the deadline of June 30, 2021, is approaching, reports.

Even though a total of 73,700 Britons in France have received their carte de sejour, by mid-April, about 26,000 had not yet even applied for the residency permit, according to the British in Europe website.

“By mid-April, less than half of the estimated 148,000 UK citizens living in France had applied for and received a decision on their application,” a statement published by the British in Europe reads.

The current EU rules clarify that the application is mandatory for all persons, even for those in France for a long time, those married to French or EU nationals, and those who previously held a European residence permit.

Britons who obtain a dual nationality with an EU country are the only category exempted from the registration requirement.

Under the Withdrawal Agreement, all Britons living in France will be required to have a residence permit from October 1, 2021.

Kalba Meadows from the citizens’ rights group France Rights emphasizes the importance of applying for a residence permit before July 1.

“Every UK citizen who was a resident before January 1, 2021, must do this, however long you’ve lived in France and even if you hold a card issued to you as an EU citizen. If you miss this deadline without ‘reasonable grounds,’ you’re at risk of losing your right to live in France altogether – you could effectively become a sans paper or undocumented migrant with all that that entails,” she pointed out.

Meadows also notes that the application is “a straightforward process – you’ll find lots of help plus screenshots of the application form on the France Rights website.”

France is among few European Union countries that do not oblige block’s nationals to file an application for a residency permit after a specific time, therefore up to this point, Britons were not required to complete any immigration formalities in order to live there.

However, due to Brexit, authorities in France now obliged Brits to apply for the same documents as those required for non-EU nationals.

According to a recent EU report, nearly 190,000 Brits out of an estimated 300,000 Brits living in EU countries had applied for the security card by the end of April.

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