October 22, 2020
France Launches Website for U.K. Nationals to Apply for Post-Brexit Residence Permits
An online portal is now available to allow British citizens currently residing in France or arriving before December 31, 2020 to apply for a Withdrawal Agreement French residence permit.
U.K. nationals will have until July 1, 2021 to register for a residence permit online. Originally, the portal was set to be launched in July 2020, but was delayed due to the impact of Covid-19 on French government institutions.
To prove eligibility for the Withdrawal Agreement residence permit, applicants will need to provide documentation evidencing their residency in France prior to December 31, 2020 such as lease agreements, utility bills, salary slips or employment contracts. For those entering France late this year, it will be important to ensure such documents are obtained in a timely fashion to avoid any issues providing the required evidence.
Once the Withdrawal Agreement residence permit has been obtained, holders will retain their work and residency rights in France post Brexit. However, those British nationals arriving in France on or after January 1, 2021 will need to apply and obtain a work permit prior to entering the country as per the regulations for other non-EU/EEA nationals.
As of October 1, 2021, all U.K. nationals must hold a residence permit, be it a Withdrawal Agreement permit based on residency prior to December 31, 2020, or a residence permit based on non-EU/EEA application regulations.
For further information on the requirements for U.K. nationals residing in France before and after the Brexit transition period ends, please contact the Sterling Lexicon immigration team.
As Head of Immigration with Sterling Lexicon, Leanne leads a team of specialists who are responsible for ensuring the entire immigration process is smooth and stress-free for clients, assignees and their accompanying family members. She brings over ten years of experience in strategic immigration management, planning and consultation to her role, and has cultivated invaluable knowledge and experience in processing countless global migration applications. As a trusted partner, she consults with clients on everything from policy considerations and cost or efficiency improvements, to the impact of opening offices in new locations. Leanne is a frequent presenter and author on global immigration topics and trends.