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Registering your non-EU family members in another EU country – France

Affected by Brexit?

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.

Non-EU family members aged over 18 (and those over 16 who wish to seek work) must hold a residence permit.

They must apply for the permit within 3 months of coming to France.

Within 6 months they will be issued with a residence permit for a family member of an EU citizen - provided they don't constitute a threat to public order.

The residence permit is valid for at least 1 year - and for a maximum of 5 years. It may be renewed.

You should apply to the prefecture nearest where you live (though in some départements this is the nearest sub-prefecture).

You must provide the following documents the first time you apply for a residence permit:

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