This year all British nationals living in France – even if they have been here a long time or are married to a French person – will need to have applied for a new post-Brexit residency card.
In order to facilitate this, the French government has set up an online portal for applications that went live in October 2020.
Brits have until June 2021 to make their applications, and by October 1st 2021 possession of a carte de séjour residency card will be compulsory for UK nationals living in France.
You can find out more about the process and how to use the online portal HERE.
Now, three months after the site opened, citizens rights' group RIFT is conducting a survey of user experiences to find out how many people are using it, whether any problems are emerging and – a crucial question – how long applications are taking to process.
You can help by filling in the short, anonymous survey HERE.
Attention all French-resident Brits. RIFT is doing an anonymous snapshot survey about experience applying for new residence permit. Open to all UK passport holders, their partners and dependants living in France and covered by the Withdrawal Agreement: https://t.co/32p9f5OxOK
— RIFT #FBPE (@RemainInFrance) January 17, 2021
All Brits living in France are asked to fill it in, whether they have made their residency applications yet or not.
The data will be used to flag up any recurring issues with French authorities, and also gain an idea of timescales across different areas.
Although all applications are made on a central website, they are then passed to the préfecture where you live for processing, it is is likely that there could be quite wide disparities in processing time depending on each préfecture's workload and staffing levels.