Apply now for cartes, ministry tells UK expats

Interior Ministry officials have once again stressed the importance of Britons in France obtaining a carte de séjour (and, if possible, the séjour permanent type) so as to ‘get into the system’ before Brexit.

Connexion has advised this since EU law experts told us in March 2016 that the cartes were the best protection in the event of a Brexit as no ‘acquired rights’ could be guaranteed as a matter of course.

French officials told representatives of expat rights coalition British in Europe that under 15,000 Britons currently hold cartes de séjour, compared to at least 150,000 thought to live in France, and people should seek a card now and not wait until after Brexit (or any transition period) when “they fear a peak in demand”. The cards show the holder has become a permanent resident under EU law. ...

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