Britons' residency card website opens in one week
The site is said to be on track to open on Thursday October 15
The website for Britons in France to apply for the new obligatory residency cards is on track to open as planned in one week’s time, The Connexion has been told.
Interior Ministry officials have confirmed to the British Embassy in Paris that it will open on Thursday October 15, in line with earlier estimates by the ministry for an opening in the middle of this month, the embassy reports.
The opening of the website was originally delayed from July 1 to October 1 due to administrative backlogs at prefectures, linked to the confinement period.
It was then postponed again because a key decree on practical aspects of Britons’ applications (eg. which documents will be needed) had not yet been approved by top administrative body the Conseil d’Etat.
This formality was completed last night, a British Embassy spokeswoman has told The Connexion today.
She added that it should be a very straightforward system that is generous with its decision-making.
It is expected that the website will have clear sections depending on whether people have been in France for longer than five years or less than five years. It is also expected that there will be a specific and simple route through the application for those with a French spouse.
One of the bodies accredited to help Britons with their applications, the Franco-British Network, states today that the ministry “continues to reassure us that the application process will be straightforward, user friendly and the requirements for supporting documents will not be onerous”.
At present the final deadline for applications will be June 30, 2021, although the Embassy has asked France if it is possible to extend this, in light of this year’s complications with Covid-19. Several other European countries have done this.
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