Online Registration for Residence Permits for British Citizens in France (Updated 25/11/2020)
UPDATE 25/11/2020 – The British Embassy in Paris has provided funding to several groups in France to set up help facilities to assist British nationals with their questions concerning registering for residency in France.
Four voluntary organisations in France have received grant awards under the UK Nationals Support Fund Programme (UKNSF) – SSAFA France, who support Armed Forces veterans and their families, the International Office for Migration (IOM), Franco-British Network and the Anglican Diocese in Europe.
The Anglican Diocese in Europe is focussed on Nouvelle Aquitaine and neighbouring departements. Full details are here
If you are a British passport holder resident in France but without dual nationality of another EU country then please read on!
British nationals residing in France or coming to settle here before 31 December 2020 must apply for a residence permit online here before 1 July 2021.
Possession of a residence permit will be compulsory from 1 October 2021 for any British national over the age of 18. Until that date, your rights in terms of residence, professional activity and all your social rights will be maintained. For example a family of two parents with two children over the age of 18 need to make four separate online applications to apply for a permit for each member of the household.
Minors (under 18) are exempt from the obligation to hold a residence permit. Parents or guardians do not need to make an application on their behalf.
Existing Carte de Sejour residence permits previously issued to UK nationals and their family members will no longer be valid from 1 October 2021.
The online application must be made here to obtain a residence permit bearing the words “UK withdrawal agreement from the EU”.
You are strongly advised to complete the registration process as soon as possible here. Do not leave it to the last minute to try and find those long lost documents! Please note that you cannot apply for the new residency permit at your local préfecture even though your online application will likely be processed by that préfecture.
The online registration process is available both in english or french and is straight forward to complete including uploading your supporting documents as selected from the options available. In summary if you do not have an existing carte de sejour and you have been living in France for more than 5 years then you need to prove that:
You are currently living in France (for example, an electricity bill (or gas, water, landline, internet access); or a rental lease of less than 6 months or a rent receipt (if tenant); or a council tax notice established less than 6 months old. A minimum of one document must be uploaded but the system allows a maximum of three. Why not upload three bills/documents to strengthen your case.
Prove your date of installation in France (for example, a lease contract, or a home insurance contract, or a home insurance certificate, or an employment contract, or a pay slip, or a tax notice, or a document issued by social security, or any other supporting document that you deem relevant)
If you do have an existing carte de sejour the requirements for supporting documents are much reduced.
There are different requirements if you have been living in France for less than 5 years.
It has been reported that as at 25th October there have been 15,000 applications made through the new online system. Added to the 9,000 that were already in the no deal system, the préfectures will have their work cut out. Anything you can do to get your application correct the first time will help you.
Once your application is accepted, you will be contacted by email to arrange an appointment with your prefecture in order to complete the process (presentation of your passport, fingerprinting and supply of a recent identity photograph in 35mm x 45mm format)
If any BBC member is struggling with the IT aspects of using the system then please email the BBC at bordeaux.british.com and we will try and help. However please note that, although we can discuss, we cannot advise on the way forward for individuals whose personal situation differs from the requirements as set out in the online process.
Alternatively, contact the Anglican Diocese in Europe who are funded by the British Embassy to provide help to British residents in Nouvelle Aquitaine and neighbouring departements. Full details are here