Brexit: I am currently living in France

Will I need a residence permit to continue living in France?

 

[In case of agreement]

Yes. You will need to apply for the new residence permit provided for in the withdrawal agreement.

This option is open to all UK citizens and their families who live in France or who move to France before December 31, 2020. If you currently have an “EU/EEA/Swiss citizen” residence permit (optional), it will continue to be valid until October 1, 2021.

You may apply for a “Withdrawal Agreement” residence permit as of now, and in any event before July 1, 2021 via the dedicated bilingual online platform: Click here.

The residence permit will be issued to you free of charge.

 

[In the event of “No Deal”]

Yes. If the United Kingdom leaves the European Union without a deal, you will need to apply for a residence permit from the French authorities if you wish to live in France. If you have an “EU/EEA/Swiss citizen” residence permit (optional), it must be exchanged.

You will have six months at most from the end of the transition period to apply to your local Prefecture for a residence permit in keeping with your situation in France. UK nationals will not, however, need to have a residence permit for the first year following the date of withdrawal.

 

UK citizens who have been residents in France for more than 5 years

 

UK nationals who are able to prove that they have been living permanently in France for at least five years may apply for a 10-year renewable residence permit.

 

UK citizens who have been residents in France for less than 5 years:
  • Students
    • Students: “student” residence permit
    • Graduates of a French higher education institution: “job seeker or entrepreneur” residence permit
  • Employees
    • Employees with an open-ended employment contract: “employee” residence permit valid for up to four years, renewable
    • Employees with a fixed-term contract: “temporary worker” residence permit valid for 12 months
    • Seconded employees: “Temporary worker” residence permit valid for 12 months, renewable to the end of the secondment period if extended.
  • Entrepreneurs and legal representatives
  • Family
    For UK citizens related to another UK national in one of the above situations: “Private and family life” residence permit for the duration of the residence permit obtained.
    This concerns in particular

    • Spouses
    • Dependent children under the age of 21
    • Dependent parents.

 

I am currently working for a French company, what will change for me?

 

[In case of agreement]

No formalities need to be completed during the transition period

The transition period allows you to continue to work as an employee under the same conditions, until December 31, 2020.

However, you will have to apply for a residence permit under the conditions specified in the previous question.

The residence permit will be issued to you free of charge.

UK nationals and their family members who are working in France currently and up to December 31, 2020 will not need a work permit.

 

[In the event of “No Deal”]

If you were hired before the date of Brexit and before 31 January 2020 at latest, a work permit nor an entry visa will is not be required. However, you must apply for a residence permit under the conditions described in the previous question.

You must inform your employer that you have obtained this first permit by providing a copy of the residence permit. This residence permit will authorize you to carry out your professional activity.

Helpful tip:Regulated professions are subject to specific measures.


What about my social security after Brexit?

 

[In case of agreement]

From October 31st, 2019 to December 31, 2020 (transition period), you will remain registered with the French social security system and will continue to benefit from the rights provided for in European regulations under the same conditions.

 

[In the event of “No Deal”]

In order to remain registered with the French social security system, you will have to send a copy of your residence permit to your CPAM, together with those of your family members, if applicable.

For further information on social security coverage, please visit our dedicated page “Social Protection
CLEISS or Ameli.fr website

 

I work in France and am often required to travel to the other Member States of the European Union for professional reasons. What rights will I have after Brexit, following January 31, 2020 at latest?

With or without a transition period, you will receive a French residence permit.

A French residence permit entitles the holder to settle and, where applicable, work in France. It also allows travel within the Schengen area up to 3 months per semester.

In order to work or settle in another Member State, you must contact the competent authorities in the country in which you wish to settle.

 

I am interested in acquiring French citizenship

The common rules for acquiring French citizenship apply to UK nationals.

 

I have been posted to France by my employer based in the UK. Can I remain covered by the UK social security?

 

[In case of agreement]

The regulations concerning UK employees seconded to France will remain applicable under the same terms and conditions until December 31, 2020.

You may continue to be registered with the UK social security system during your secondment. You will not need to take any particular action in this respect.

Form A1 certifying your situation will remain valid as stipulated therein.

 

[In the event of “No Deal”]

If you are living in France on the UK withdrawal date, you may remain registered with the British social security system and will continue to be entitled to healthcare for a period of two years, under the cover of form A1.

At the end of this period, the situation of UK employees on secondment to France will be reviewed.

For further information on social security coverage, please visit our dedicated page “Social Protection
CLEISS or Ameli.fr website