November 25, 2020

France Publishes Decree Concerning Rights of Individuals Affected by Brexit

The French government has published its decree concerning the rights and responsibilities of British residents impacted by the withdrawal of the UK and Northern Ireland from the EU.

For those living in France prior to December 31, 2020, the conclusion of the transition period, the decree establishes three types of documents which allow for the right of residency, work, social benefits and allowances:

    1. The first option will be valid for 5 years ("Article 50 TEU/Article 18(1) Agreement on the withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the EU")
    2. The second will be valid for 10 years ("Permanent residence - Article 50 TEU/Article 18(1) Agreement on the withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the EU")
    3. And the third will be valid for 5 years and is specific to frontier workers ("Article 50 TEU - Frontier worker/Agreement on the withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the EU - Non-Resident")

Those individuals settling in France after December 31, 2020 will switch to the common law practice for third country nationals, with very few exceptions.

For further information on the residency rights of UK nationals in France following Brexit, please contact the Sterling Lexicon immigration team at immigration@sterlinglexicon.com.
 

 
Leanne Cottrell

Leanne Cottrell

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.

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