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Brexit: France’s new Carte de Séjour website on track for October launch

Tens of thousands of Britons in France are waiting patiently for the launch of the new web portal so they can apply for their residency permits and secure their futures in France.

Brexit: France's new Carte de Séjour website on track for October launch
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The portal was initially meant to go live in July but France's interior ministry delayed the launch due to complications caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.

When announcing the delay the French government said authorities were still dealing with a backlog of residency permit applications from people of other nationalities which built up during the lockdown.

They said delaying the opening of the site until October will give them time to clear this backlog and ensure that British applicants don't wait too long.

With the pandemic gaining strength again and the British government embroiled in a war of words with the EU there are understandable concerns that the website may be delayed once again by The Local understands everything is on track for the October launch.

A source at the British embassy said: “We’re still expecting the residency permit website to go live in October, and we understand from the Ministry of Interior that the decree setting out the exact guidance for how to apply should be coming out in the second half of September.

“We’re in regular contact with the Ministry of Interior and this does form part of our discussions.”

Kalba Meadows from France Rights also says the new decree to be published before the end of September “will cover the process, and the conditions for those resident less than 5 years. A bit like the no deal decree did but of course that's now null and void.”

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Britons in France who don't currently have a carte de séjour residency permit or those who haven't applied will have until June 30th 2021 to make their application.

Crucially this deadline is for Brits to have made their application and not to have actually received the card in their hands.

So if you do get stuck in an administrative backlog (and we all know that French bureaucracy is not always the fastest) there is no need to panic if your card does not arrive before July 2021, as long as you have got your application in then you are covered.

It is not clear how long applicants will have to wait until they receive the card. 

Citizens rights campaigners also say email confirmation of applications will be very important to keep and print  especially when travelling outside France.

But more details will likely be made clear once the decree is published and the website goes live.

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Member comments

  1. With the pandemic gaining strength again and the British government embroiled in a war of words with the EU there are understandable concerns that the website may be delayed once again ***BUT*** The Local understands everything is on track for the October launch.

  2. If UK’s breach of terms under the treaty lead to a no-deal trade result then BoJo will have achieved what he has always wanted, in my opinion. BoJo was clever in gaining his goal of PM and he’s been clever in shrugging off important issues to keep his job. No-deal for trade will be excused and blamed on the EU, as will the breach of treaty terms if applied. BoJo got his job cleverly and is hanging on to it clumsily – but he seems not to know what to do with it other than to achieve his personal ends. Chris L-W in 46.

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Amber alert: Travellers to France warned of another busy weekend at UK ports

A week after chaotic scenes and 6-hour queues at the port of Dover, the British motoring organisation the AA has issued an amber traffic warning, and says it expects cross-Channel ports to be very busy once again this weekend as holidaymakers head to France.

Amber alert: Travellers to France warned of another busy weekend at UK ports

The AA issued the amber warning on Thursday for the whole of the UK, the first time that it has issued this type of warning in advance.

Roads across the UK are predicted to be extremely busy due to a combination of holiday getaways, several large sporting events and a rail strike – but the organisation said that it expected traffic to once again be very heavy around the port of Dover and the Channel Tunnel terminal at Folkestone.

Last weekend there was gridlock in southern England and passengers heading to France enduring waits of more than six hours at Dover, and four hours at Folkestone.

The AA said that while it doesn’t expect quite this level of chaos to be repeated, congestion was still expected around Dover and Folkestone.

On Thursday ferry operator DFDS was advising passengers to allow two hours to get through check-in and border controls, while at Folkestone, the Channel Tunnel operators only said there was a “slightly longer than usual” wait for border controls.

In both cases, passengers who miss their booked train or ferry while in the queue will be accommodated on the next available crossing with no extra charge.

Last weekend was the big holiday ‘getaway’ weekend as schools broke up, and a technical fault meant that some of the French border control team were an hour late to work, adding to the chaos. 

But the underlying problems remain – including extra checks needed in the aftermath of Brexit, limited space for French passport control officers at Dover and long lorry queues on the motorway heading to Folkestone.

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The port of Dover expects 140,000 passengers, 45,000 cars and 18,000 freight vehicles between Thursday and Sunday, and queues were already starting to build on Thursday morning.

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