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Brexit: how UK nationals and their family members resident in an EU country can stay there after 31 December 2020 – France

​​In France you and your family members need to apply for a new residence status​. Find out more based on your situation.

What is your situation?

I lived legally in France for at least 5 years be​fore 31 December 2020

You and your family members will need to apply for a new residence status. If you already have permanent residence documents under EU or national law, national authorities will only:

If you or your family members do not have permanent residence documents under EU or national law​, the authorities will check that you and your family members comply with the conditions of legal residence under EU law and are entitled to stay. 

Find out more:

The Withdrawal Agreement requires the competent national authorities to help you with the handling of the application and the documents required. 

What residence document will France issue me with?

You will be issued with a biometric residence card, similar to residence cards issued to other non-EU nationals residing in the EU. This card shows you enjoy the rights defined in the Withdrawal Agreement including your right to enter France.

You and your family members will be exempt from ETIAS and visa requirements when entering France.

Deadlines for applying for the new residence status

The deadline for applying is 30 June 2021. 

​For more information about where and how to apply for yourself and or family member(s) (including non-EU family members), check with the French national authoritiesfr

I lived legally in France for less than 5 years before​ 31 December 2020

In France, you will need to apply for a new residence status. The authorities will check that you and your family members comply with the conditions of legal residence under EU law and are entitled to stay. 

​Find out more:

The Withdrawal Agreement requires the competent national authorities to help you with the handling of the application and the documents required. 

What residence document will this country issue me with?

You will be issued with a biometric residence card, similar to residence cards issued to other non-EU nationals residing in the EU. This card shows you enjoy the rights defined in the Withdrawal Agreement including your right to enter ​France. Until you get the new biometric residence card, you can continue to use your current residence card, if you have one.

You and your family members will be exempt from ETIAS and visa requirements when entering France.

Deadlines for applying for the new residence status

The deadline for applying is 30 June 2021. ​

For more information about where and how to apply for yourself and or family member(s) (including non-EU family members), check with the French national authoritiesfr

I need help

If you think that your rights under EU law are not being respected and you need advice, contact our assistance services.

If you want to complain, you can report it to the European Commission

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