The latest news is that the French authorities are getting ready to launch a new portal for UK Nationals to apply for residency and:
- Have assured that they will take a generous approach to citizens’ rights under the Withdrawal Agreement, which includes having a positive intention to allow UK Nationals to remain in France and seeking favourable judgements to grant residency wherever possible.
- Aim to make administrative procedures for applications smooth, transparent and simple, and avoid any unnecessary administrative burdens, for example by requiring only those supporting documents that are strictly necessary and proportionate.
- Will require biometrics (fingerprints), so physical appointments at prefecture will be necessary, despite the rest of the process will be online.
- Plan to have a site in both French and English
- Will give applicants the opportunity to furnish supplementary evidence and to correct any errors or omissions, if required.
- Will provide access to a system of administrative and judicial redress for any application refusals.
Mr. Roger Haigh, President of The Franco British Network commented “When the site opens every UK national will need to apply online, so even if you already have a carte de Sejour you will need to apply. The only exception is if you previously applied through the no deal portal (live September 2019-January 2020).”
The Franco British Network:
- Is in regular direct and indirect contact with The British Embassy (Paris), The British Consulate (Bordeaux) The Prefecture of the Dordogne (Perigueux) and the French Ministry of Interior.
- Along with the British Embassy in Paris, is scheduled to get foresight of residency portal as soon as ready, in advance of the official launch date.
- Is offering free guidance and assistance to UK Nationals living in The Dordogne when applying for French Residency.