France extends post-Brexit residency deadline

France extends post-Brexit residency deadline
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The French government has confirmed that the deadline to apply for residency for British nationals has been extended.

All Brits who were living in France before December 30th 2020 need to apply for a residency permit known as a carte de séjour – and the official deadline to do so was Wednesday, June 30th.

However with an estimated 25,000 Brits still to apply and many thousands more still waiting for their application to be processed, pressure has been growing on French authorities to extend the deadline.

On Thursday the Interior Ministry confirmed to The Local that the deadline has been extended for three months – until September 30th, 2021. 

A spokesman said: “I can confirm that the deadline for applications for Withdrawal Agreement cartes de séjour has been extended until September 30th, 2021.

“This extension concerns the whole of France.

“During the extension period, applications for residency can continue to be submitted on the online portal.”

The confirmation comes after the Côtes d’Armor département of Brittany announced on its website that the deadline had been pushed back.

The website adds: “Due to the very high demand and new health restrictions, we ask you to be patient as your application is processed.”

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The postponement gives a little breathing room, but Brits living in France still need to get their residency applications in without delay.

This applies to all British nationals who were living in France pre 2021 – even those who have been living here a long time, are married or pacséd with a French or other EU national or who already had a European carte de séjour.

It also applies to non-European family members of British people who are here on spouse or family-member visas.

You can find out more about who needs to apply, and how to go about it HERE.

And if you are struggling with the paperwork, head to our Dealing with Brexit section, or find a list HERE of organisations who will offer help with the process, free of charge. 

Member comments

    1. According to the British Embassy this evening (24/7/2021) the deadline remains the same and there has been a mis-communication between the Interior Ministry and other media. PLEASE do not rely on an extension!

      1. Yes it is. How much time do these people want? Oh and by the way, I’m French, enough help and my tax has been spent on this Brexit project already.

        1. I think you’ll find that 5 times as many French are being accommodated in UK as English in France. UK also paid all EU costs associated with Brexit as part of the Withdrawal Agreement

          1. Please don’t stereotype all of us – most Brits in the UK are hardworking young professionals. Gammons are mostly in Spain and Portugal.

          2. What has the amount of French in the UK got to do with it, the article is about les gammon living in France.

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