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Brexit news: Brits have a year to get their residency cards to stay in France

Brits living in France have until October 2021 to get their post-Brexit residency cards, according to a leading campaign group. The group Remain in France Together (RIFT) says it had a call yesterday (12 Oct 2020) with the French Ministry of the Interior and British Embassy in Paris outlining how the new system for residence permits will operate.

After repeated delays attributed to the Covid-19 pandemic, the Ministry confirmed that the website for applications would go live on the morning of Monday 19 October and Britons would have until 30 June 2021 to apply.

Campaigners had hoped this deadline might be pushed back in recognition of the delays. Although there was no mention of an extension, RIFT was told that it would not become obligatory to be in possession of a card until 1 October 2021 – three months later than originally announced.

1. The system will go live on Monday 19th October at some point during the morning.

2. You will have until 30 June 2021 to apply. It will become obligatory to be in possession of a card from 1 October 2021.

3. Anyone who already holds a permanent CdS will only have to upload a copy of their current card and their passport.

4. Anyone married to a French person will get a 10 year card straightaway.

5. New arrivals and people who have been here less than five years will get a five year card.

6. New arrivals who are jobseekers will get a six-month card renewable once (so up to a year to find work).

7. Everyone will have to go to the local prefecture to be photographed and give fingerprints.

8. The cards will be sent to your home address so no need to collect them from the prefecture (this is something they have never done before foreigners).

9. There is no income limit for the employed or self-employed who can show they are genuinely in work.

10. The RSA limit will apply for inactives.

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