The French authorities have warned British citizens who settled in France before January 1, 2021, that they can only apply to continue living in France until October 4, the following Monday.
In a statement released by Welcome to France, the French government website designed to guide non-French people through the various steps necessary for expatriation to France, Britons were invited to apply for their residence permit until Monday s ‘they plan to continue living in the country.
“British citizens living in France before January 1, 2021 and their family members benefiting from the United Kingdom’s withdrawal agreement from the European Union still have a few days to apply for their residence permit“, announces the press release.
It further specifies that the closing date of the service allowing the submission of an application for a residence permit or travel document in this context is October 4, 2021, which has been extended by four additional days compared to the deadline. original, which was from October. 1.
Applications must be submitted on the dedicated site.
The authorities also remind the British who have already applied for their residence permit but have not yet obtained it, that “their residence, work and social rights are therefore maintained until December 31, 2021. “
According to a report by the National Institute for Statistics and Economic Studies, there were around 148,300 Britons living in France in 2016, more than a third of whom were retired. About 55,000 British nationals living in France were employed and lived in large cities.
The same report notes that the majority of these Britons arrived in the country between 1990 and 2006. It also points out that France is the second most popular country in Europe for the British, just after Spain.
After the UK left the EU and the transition period officially ended on December 31, 2020, UK nationals living in EU countries before that date were given a specific deadline to apply for their permit to stay in order to continue living there.
Several other EU member states have recently urged UK nationals living in their territory to apply for a residence permit before the deadline. In most countries, the deadline for obtaining a residence permit as a UK national was October 1, including in the Netherlands.
In Finland, the deadline was September 3 and the Finnish Immigration Service had reminded British citizens well in advance to apply for a residence permit so that they could continue to live, work or study legally in Finland.
On the other hand, the British in Poland will still have three months available to apply for their residence permit. The same had revealed that more than 3,000 Britons had applied for residence permits so far.