Q&A: Your Brexit deal card queries

Q&A: Your Brexit deal card queries
Q&A: Your Brexit deal card queries

We answer below a selection of the many queries we have received about the new residency cards. Some details of the new system were not available on going to press and the site itself was not open, but it was due to launch at the beginning of July.

*UPDATE: Since this article was published, the French Ministry of the Interior has announced that it is postponing the re-launching of their residency permit portal from 1 July to 1 October 2020 because of the impact of Covid-19. You can read their update here: https://brexit.gouv.fr/…/brexit/…/vous-etes-britannique.html.

Where do we apply?

You can only apply online, via the Brexit option here: tinyurl.com/vvey9z6.

What will the cards cost?

They will be free.

Will the card need renewing?

The card for those who can prove over five years of residency in France is expected to need renewing every 10 years with a sworn statement that you have not left France for more than five years. The other card should be exchanged for this card when the holder has been in France for five years.

Will we be expected to carry this card at all times in France?

Yes as foreign residents should be able to prove that they are legal residents if ever checked by the police. The card could also be used at the border on entering France to prove that you are not a third country visitor subject to limits of 90 days in every 180.

Read more: French resident? Transfer UK pension to stop LTA tax penalty

What rights are not given by the cards?

The card only confirms the right to live and work in France, not to move to other parts of the EU with these same rights after the transition period. It does not give an automatic right for a non-EU ...

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