French authorities have warned British citizens who settled in France before January 1, 2021, that they can apply to continue living in France only until October 4, which is next Monday.
In a press release from Welcome to France, the French government’s website designed to guide non-French people through the various steps required for deportation to France, Britons were urged to apply for their residence permits until Monday if they plan to continue living in the country.
“British nationals who settled in France before 1 January 2021, and their family members who are benefiting from the UK Withdrawal Agreement from the European Union, still have a few days to apply for their residence permit,” the press release statement.
It also states that the deadline for the service that allows an application for a residence permit or travel document in this context is October 4, 2021, which has been extended by another four days compared to the original deadline, which is October. 1.
Applications must be submitted on the designated website.
The authorities also remind Britons who have already applied for their residence permits but have not yet received them, that “therefore, their residence, work and social rights are maintained until December 31, 2021”.
According to a report by the National Institute of Statistics and Economic Studies, there were approximately 148,300 Britons living in France in 2016, more than a third of whom retired. About 55,000 British citizens living in France were working and living in the major cities.
The same report notes that the majority of these Britons arrived in the country between 1990 and 2006. It also notes that France is the second most popular European country for Brits, just after Spain.
After the UK leaves the EU, and the transition period officially ends on 31 December 2020, UK nationals who lived in EU countries before that date had a set period of time to apply for their residence permits in order to continue living there.
Several EU member states have recently urged UK nationals living in their territory to apply for residence permits before the deadline. In most countries, the deadline for obtaining a residence permit as a British citizen was 1 October, including the Netherlands.
In Finland, the deadline was September 3, and the Finnish Immigration Service had reminded British citizens in advance of sufficient time to apply for a residence permit so that they could continue to legally live, work or study in Finland.
On the other hand, Britons in Poland will have another three months to apply for their residence permits. The same has revealed that more than 3,000 Britons have applied for residence permits so far.