Whether it is a stay of a few days in France or a wish to settle for a longer period of time, Brexit has consequences for the rights of British nationals and formalities will need to be completed to stay in France.

You will find below the answers to your questions on the issues under the Ministry of the Interior. If you have any further questions, a government website dedicated to Brexit is at your disposal: brexit.gouv.fr>>>

Will it be necessary for British nationals to obtain a residence permit? What will be the steps to be taken to obtain a residence permit?

In the event of a withdrawal agreement coming into force

British nationals present in France before 31 December 2020 will have to apply for the new titre provided for in the withdrawal agreement. They will be able to apply for this at least until July 2021, according to procedures and a timetable to be specified later.

British citizens who arrived in France after 1 January 2021 will have to apply for a titre de droit commun.

 

In the absence of a withdrawal agreement

It will be necessary to submit an application for a residence permit after 29 March 2019, in accordance with procedures to be specified later.

 

What are the official criteria for British nationals already residing in France who would like to apply for a residence permit?

In the event of a withdrawal agreement coming into force

The official criteria will be the same as those currently applicable for the recognition of a right of residence for an EU national. The British will have to justify that they fall under one of the following situations:

  • Either to exercise a professional activity (or to have exercised such an activity and be registered as a jobseeker);
  • Either have sufficient resources for yourself and your family, as well as health insurance;
  • Either to follow studies or professional training, and to have a health insurance;
  • Either be a family member of a Briton living in France before 1 January 2021 and having a right of residence there (spouse, child, ascendant, partner, cohabitant or family member taken in charge or forming part of the household of a British national).
In the absence of a withdrawal agreement

You will be asked to provide proof of having resided in France before 30 March 2019 on one of the grounds of right of residence:

  • work in a professional capacity
  • or have sufficient resources for themselves and their families and health insurance
  • or be in education or vocational training, and have health insurance
  • or be a family member of a Briton living in France before 30 March 2019 and having a right of residence there

and to continue to meet these criteria.

 

Will residence permits obtained before March 2019 still be valid after the March deadline?

In the event of a withdrawal agreement coming into force

EU residence permits obtained before March 2019 (which are not mandatory) will continue to be valid during the transition period until 31 December 2020. However, they will have to be replaced beyond this period by the new titre provided for in the agreement. Applications for these new residence permits may be submitted according to a timetable to be specified at a later date and in any case until at least July 2021

In the absence of a withdrawal agreement

Residence permits obtained before 30 March 2019 must be exchanged according to a timetable to be specified at a later date.

 

Is a British national who has received a residence permit obliged to take steps to exchange it if he moves?

In the event of a withdrawal agreement coming into force or without a withdrawal agreement

The British national who received a residence permit before 30 March 2019 must declare his change of address when applying for a new residence permit.

 

Will the residence permits issued in France allow mobility within the other countries of the European Union?

In the event of a withdrawal agreement coming into force

Residence permits issued in France will allow travel to other Schengen States for periods not exceeding three months. They will only authorize permenant residence in France.

In the absence of a withdrawal agreement

Residence permits issued in France will allow travel to other Schengen States for periods not exceeding three months. They will only authorize the permenant residence in France.

 

Will the British have to obtain a work permit in order to continue their professional activity in France?

In the event of a withdrawal agreement coming into force

British nationals who started their professional activity in France before 31 December 2020 will not need a work permit. Only those who have settled in France since 1 January 2021 will be required to apply for a work permit.

In the absence of a withdrawal agreement

British nationals who started their professional activity in France before 29 March 2019 will not need a work permit. However, they will be required to apply for a residence permit. This permit will make it possible to materialize their right. British nationals who arrive in France after 29 March 2019 or start their professional activity after 29 March 2019 will have to obtain a work permit.

 

What are the criteria for issuing “EU/EEA/Switzerland citizen (first 5 years)” residence permits for self-employed workers?

In the event of a withdrawal agreement coming into force

A British national exercising a self-employed activity before 31 December 2020 must provide proof by any means of the regular, effective and lasting exercise of his activity. The supporting documents to be provided are the same as those currently indicated on the website www.service-public.gouv.fr for the issue of a residence permit to self-employed EU citizens.

In the absence of a withdrawal agreement

A British national exercising a self-employed professional activity must provide proof by any means of the regular, effective and lasting exercise of his activity in order to obtain a residence permit corresponding to his situation, in accordance with procedures to be specified later.

 

Will family members (third-country nationals) of a British person have a special status?

In the event of a withdrawal agreement coming into force

Third-country nationals who are family members of a British national (who is settled in France before 31 December 2020) will continue to benefit from the status resulting from their family relationship. This relationship will continue to be recognised by the issuance of a document that they will be required to request, as is already the case at present.

In the absence of a withdrawal agreement

Third-country nationals who are family members of a Briton (who is settled in France before 30 March 2019) will benefit from the status resulting from their family relationship. Recognition of this family link will take the form of the issuance of a new titre de droit commun.

 

Translated from the French Government’s website – brexit.gouv.fr>>>

 

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