Brexit: new residency cards will be sent direct to your home

Why the launch of the official website for Britons to apply for residency cards has been delayed, and what to expect when it launches.
Why the launch of the official website for Britons to apply for residency cards has been delayed, and what to expect when it launches.

The launch of the official website for Britons to apply for residency cards has been delayed to October 1 to allow prefectures to deal with a backlog of applications from other third-country citizens whose cards expired during confinement.

Covid-19 delays

The site – accessible via the Brexit option at tinyurl.com/vvey9z6 – was due to open in July. Officials from the Interior Ministry’s residency section told Connexion that concerns that prefectures would not have been able to cope with the additional demand had prompted the decision to delay the site’s launch.

One said: “We wanted to allow Britons who benefit from the deal to have residency cards as soon as possible – though they won’t be obligatory until July 1, 2021. During that time, Britons benefiting from the WA are not obliged to hold any residency card. What’s more, the government could decide to put it off a bit beyond that, perhaps to autumn 2021. On the other hand, there are people who are citizens of other third-country states, who must always have a valid residency card, whose cards were expiring during the confinement period."

"We gave them a six-month extension, but it meant that as soon as prefectures reopened, they had to deal with them urgently, as well as those whose cards were about to expire and who had not had an extension. It’s going to take months to deal with them all and the prefectures would ...

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