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Registering EU family members in another EU country – France

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Questions and Answers – the rights of EU and UK citizens, as outlined in the Withdrawal Agreement

On 1 January 2021, the rules for EU citizens living in or moving to the UK will change. The same applies to UK nationals living in or moving to an EU country.

I have permanent residence in the UK/EU or will acquire it during the transition period

In principle, you and your family members will continue to have permanent residence in your host country. This includes non‑EU family members. In the UK, you must however apply to the EU settlement scheme to be granted a new residence status. In the EU, check with your host country’s authorities as soon as possible if it is mandatory to apply for a new residence status.

I reside in the UK/EU but am not yet entitled to permanent residence

In principle, you and your family members will continue to keep your current residence in your host country. This includes non‑EU family members. In the UK, you must however apply to the EU settlement scheme to be granted a new residence status. In the EU, check with your host country’s authorities as soon as possible if it is mandatory to apply for a new residence status.

I want to move to the UK/EU

You and your family members may move to the UK or to an EU country under the current EU rules until 31 December 2020. This includes non‑EU family members. In the UK, you must then apply to the EU settlement scheme. In the EU, check with your host country’s authorities whether you have to register and if it is mandatory to apply for a new residence status.

I want to go to the UK/EU for a short stay

Current rules on reporting presence, registering your residence abroad, registering your EU family, registering your non-EU family continue to apply until at least 31 December 2020.

I need help

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

Detailed information on the implementation of the Withdrawal Agreement and citizen’s rights

Family members who are EU citizens do not have to register in France. As an EU citizen, you have the right to live and settle in France, as long as you do not constitute a threat to public order.

You do not have to hold a residence or work permit. However, you may obtain a residence permit if you so wish. Family members who are EU citizens must hold a valid identity document or passport.

Proving family ties

To prove family ties with a husband, wife, grandchild or grandparent you should provide an official document from your country of origin, such as a birth certificate or the equivalent of the French family record book (livret de famille). However, the French authorities cannot require you to provide a copy of a marriage certificate unless the wedding was held in a country other than your country of origin or France and there are doubts about its validity.

To prove family ties as a member of the extended family, such as an uncle/aunt, a nephew/niece or a cousin, you should provide an official document from your country of origin, such as a birth certificate or the equivalent of the French family record book (livret de famille). Family members who are EU citizens must hold a valid identity document or passport.

If you are the certified long-term partner of an EU citizen, you can obtain an EU residence permit for family members, valid for all occupations. Your relationship may take the form of:

Dependants

To determine whether a family member is economically dependent on an EU citizen living in France, the French authorities examine the financial and social situation of the applicant to decide whether that person needs the EU citizen to provide material support and to cover his or her living expenses.

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EU residence permit

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Authorities to which you should apply

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