Special Brexit Services

 

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS 

 

Please check on which the situation you're in: 

 

Will it be necessary for UK nationals to obtain a residence permit? What steps will be required to obtain a residence permit? 

 

With withdrawal agreement 

British nationals present in France before 31 December 2020 will have to apply for the new title provided for in the withdrawal agreement. They will be able to apply for it before the end of July 2021, according to modalities that will be specified later. 

British nationals arriving in France after 1 January 2021 will have to apply for a common law title. 

 

Without a withdrawal agreement 

It will be necessary to apply for a residence permit after the date of withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the European Union. 

British nationals legally resident in France before the date of withdrawal from the United Kingdom will have a period of one year from the date of withdrawal from the United Kingdom to obtain a permit under simplified arrangements. The application for a title will have to be made within a period to be specified by decree. 
During this period, their rights of residence, employment and all their social rights will be maintained. 

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

With withdrawal agreement 

The criteria will be the same as those currently prevailing for the recognition of a right of residence for a European Union national. UK nationals will have to demonstrate that they fall into one of the following situations: 

1- Either they are in employment (or have been in employment and are registered as a jobseeker); or 

2- Have sufficient resources for oneself and one's family, as well as health insurance. 

3- Either follow studies or professional training and have health insurance 

4- Either be a family member of a British or European Union national settled 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 or European Union national). 

Without a withdrawal agreement 

British nationals legally residing in France before the date of withdrawal from the United Kingdom and who have been present on French territory for more than 5 years will have access to a residence card. 

British nationals residing legally in France before the date of withdrawal from the United Kingdom and having been present for less than 5 years will be able to apply for a residence permit under ordinary law depending on their situation (employee, temporary worker, self-employed person, retired person, student, retired person, third-country national who is a member of a British family) under reduced conditions. 

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

 

With withdrawal agreement 

Credentials marked "European Union citizen" obtained before the date of withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the European Union (possession of which is not compulsory) will continue to be valid until 31 December 2020. However, after this period, they will have to be replaced by the new title provided for in the Agreement. Applications for the title may be submitted in accordance with a timetable to be specified at a later date and in any event at least until July 2021. 

Without a withdrawal agreement 

Residence permits obtained before the date of withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the European Union will remain valid for up to one year after that date. They will have to be exchanged during this period, including in the case of a permanent residence card, which will enable UK nationals to hold a new document corresponding to their situation. 

 

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

 

With or without a withdrawal agreement 

Residence permits issued in France will allow, in addition to settling in France, movement in the other States belonging to the Schengen area for periods not exceeding three months.

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

With withdrawal agreement 


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


Without a withdrawal agreement 


British nationals who started their professional activity in France before the date of withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the European Union will not need a work permit. However, they will be required to apply for a residence permit within a period to be specified later. This permit will enable them to prove their right.
British nationals arriving in France after the date of withdrawal will have to obtain a work permit.

What are the criteria for issuing residence permits for self-employed persons? 

With withdrawal agreement 


UK nationals who were self-employed before 31 December 2020 will be required to provide evidence by any means of the regular, effective and sustainable pursuit of their activity.


Without a withdrawal agreement


Self-employed UK nationals will have to provide evidence of their activity and certify that they can live solely on the resources derived from that activity in order to obtain a residence permit corresponding to their situation.

What Are Our Services ? 

- Appointment at the office to study your profile and the conditions for obtaining your residence permit.

- Preparation of the application and assisting you to the appointment at the prefecture.