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The Brexit Withdrawal Agreement, which came into force on 1 February, 2020, outlines specific provisions for the right of residence in the EU. British citizens and their family members residing in France before December 31, 2020, retain their acquired rights as European citizens; however, they’ll still need to apply for a residence permit and be required to hold one by 1 October, 2021.

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If you established residence in France before 31 December, 2020… 

You will have to apply for the new residence permit provided by the Withdrawal Agreement. This option is available for all UK citizens and their family members who lived in France or who moved to France before 31 December, 2020. You may apply for the “Withdrawal Agreement” residence permit corresponding to your situation as of now and in any event before 1 July, 2021, through the dedicated bilingual online platform. The residence permit will be issued to you free of charge.

If you have been legally residing in France for more than 5 years, you’ll be able to obtain a residence permit marked Permanent Residence – Agreement on the Withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the EU, which is valid for 10 years.
If you have been legally residing in France for less than 5 years, you can apply for a residence permit marked Agreement on the Withdrawal of the UK from the EU, which is valid for 5 years. In this case you will have to prove that you meet one of the following conditions:

  • You are legally employed or self-employed.
  • You no longer work (retired, invalid, inactive) but you have sufficient resources to support yourself and your family members, as well as having health insurance.
  • You are enrolled in an educational institution or vocational training program, and have health insurance.
  • You are a family member of a British national who settled in France before 31 December, 2020, and as such you hold the corresponding right of residence.
  • You are a British national who is a partner of a French national and have been residing in France for less than five years.

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If you arrived in France after 1 January, 2021…

In this case, you will have to apply for a long-stay visa and then a residence permit, corresponding to your situation, directly from the prefecture of your place of residence, unless you are a family member of a British national who had already settled in France before 31 December, 2020.

Long-stay visa categories

If you don’t have a residence permit and plan to stay in France for a period exceeding 90 days, you will have to apply for a long-stay visa in advance, as related to these situations:

  • A long stay as a tourist or for personal reasons
  • To conduct professional activity
  • For formal education purposes
  • To join family members

Visit France’s Visa Assistant page to find out how to apply for a visa and the documents you’ll need to submit : identity documents, health insurance certificate, proof of income…

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What if I already had a residence permit?

If you obtained a residence permit before the United Kingdom’s withdrawal date from the EU, it will continue to be valid until 1 October, 2021, after which you will need to have the new Withdrawal Agreement residence permit.

APRIL International: tailor-made health insurance for British residents in France

If you are a British expat that is already enrolled with the French Social Security system, you might be interested in supplemental health insurance. APRIL International Care offers various top-up health coverage plans. For more information, visit MyHealth France.

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