Brits in France given extension to deadline for post-Brexit residency cards

Brits in France given extension to deadline for post-Brexit residency cards
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An extension has been announced to the deadline by which all Brits in France must be in possession of a residency card - although the deadline to have made the application remains Thursday.

The French government on Tuesday published a decree formally extending the deadline for Brits in France to be in possession of a carte de séjour residency card until January 1st 2022.

The deadline to have made your application for the card however remains Thursday, September 30th.

This applied to all Brits who were resident in France before December 31st 2020.

The initial deadlines were June 30th to have made the application and October 1st to have the card. The June 30th deadline was extended until September 30th but the October deadline remained in place, leading to a confusing situation where people could make the application on Thursday but were expected to have the card by Friday.

However a decree has now been published in the Journal officiel extending the deadline to have the card until January 1st 2022.

Figures from the French Interior Ministry from September 20th show that 163,157 Brits had applied since the online portal opened in October 2020 – including 4,581 after the initial application deadline of June 30th.

The ministry added that local préfectures have processed 150,353 applications since October 2020.

These figures tally with an EU report dating from September 6th which revealed that more than 10,000 Brits were still waiting for their applications to be processed.

Citizens’ rights group British in Europe had sounded the alarm about thousands of people being pushed into a precarious situation.

Both British in Europe and Remain in France Together (RIFT) had called on the French government to extend the deadline to allow outstanding applications to be processed.

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British Ambassador to France, Menna Rawlings said: “I know this news will be reassuring for British people with a pending application, who are still waiting to receive their Withdrawal Agreement residency card. 

“I urge anyone who has not yet applied for residency to do so as soon as possible, and before the end of the 30 September 2021. 

“The UK continues to fund support organisations for those who need help with their applications so please do get in touch with the International Organization for Migration, the Franco-British Network or the Diocese in Europe residency project if you or someone you know is struggling to apply.” 

Anyone who has not made their application has only until Thursday to do so – find out how HERE.


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