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Brits in France urged to express Brexit worries ahead of launch of carte de séjour website

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The Local - [email protected] • 19 May, 2020 Updated Tue 19 May 2020 16:01 CEST

It's been easy to forget in the midst of a global pandemic, but the Brexit process is continuing and for British people living in France there is an important date coming up.


All British people currently living in France - and those who move here before December 31st - need to apply for a new carte de séjour under the Withdrawal Agreement.

The agreement gives quite generous terms to those already living here to remain, but everyone - even people who already have a carte de séjour permenant - will have to apply for a new residency permit.

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At present it is not possible to make the application and the French government is setting up a new online system for British people, which is scheduled to go live in July.

People who already have a carte de séjour permenant need to use to site to swap their card for the new one, and everyone else needs to make a new application.

The only exceptions to this are British people who have dual nationality with another European country and those who applied using the 'no deal' portal that was briefly online in October 2019. Anyone who successfully applied on the old portal should have received an email telling them that their application will be moved to the new portal.

At present we don't know exactly what the new online process will involve, but those who managed to use the 'no deal' portal last year reported that it was quite user-friendly and simpler than many administrative processes.

Everyone makes their application online (although there is expected to be an exemption for people who have no internet access) and then applications are passed to the préfecture where you live for processing.

Ahead of it going live, citizens' rights group France Rights, who have been in close contact with French authorities over the process, are asking people to fill in a survey detailing their concerns about the process.

The group will be providing detailed information on the new process and already has comprehensive information on the terms of the Withdrawal Agreement on its site here.

Kalba Meadows from France Rights said: "Taking a snapshot of where people are right now will help us plan how to go about things and what info we need to be looking at.

"The survey is short, simple and completely anonymous."

To access the survey, click HERE.

For more on the paperwork requirements, head to our Preparing for Brexit section.




The Local 2020/05/19 16:01

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