Updated! Brexit and Britons In France helpguide (PDF only)
Published: September 2019
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The guide is available only as a PDF version as this allows us to regularly update it as information becomes available. Updates will appear automatically in the guide and we will send an alert email to let buyers know of changes.


An overview of the current position
What a no-deal would mean for British residents of France
What a no-deal would mean for second home owners and visitors
What you can do to best prepare?

What changes if there is a deal

Healthcare / S1s and Ehics
UK state pensions and private pensions
Driving licences in France
Changes to pet travel between the UK and France
Capital Gains Tax and other financial considerations
How to prove you are a resident on entry to France after a trip abroad?
Other visa and border control issues
Voting rights
Studying abroad / Erasmus / University rights
Accessing the NHS on trips to the UK
Will French benefits such as housing allowance, child allowance and Aspa pension top-up continue?
What France's no-deal law covers?
Recognition of British qualifications in France
Jobs which non-EU people cannot do
Will exportable benefits from the UK continue?

Step-by-step guide to getting a carte de séjour residency card

Different cards for different groups of people
Will pensioners need to update card annually?
Costs of cards
Income requirements for residency + what's taken into account
Income and self-employed people

Telecoms and other issues

Meetings, campaign groups and ways to stay updated

Reader questions answered are:

I often visit my sick mother in UK, how can I prove I am a resident when I return? / Will British wife share same rights as Irish husband? / Will my UK driving licence be affected by Brexit? / Will Britons need visas to come to France after Brexit? / Validity of ‘European’ British passports after Britain leaves the EU / Will Erasmus study scheme for Britons survive Brexit? / Will inheritance law be affected? / Would French blue badge be valid in UK after Brexit? / How can second home owners spend more than 90 days in France after Brexit? / How will Brexit affect French-British dual nationals who are UK state pensioners? / Can I travel with carte de séjour as a replacement to a passport? / Effect on currency exchange / Buying second-homes in France: What changes? / Can I still import my British car after Brexit? / Will anything change in relation to tax? / What happens if you overstay 90 day rule at your French second home? / What website is best to apply for a visa in English? / Do I get a long-stay visa if want to be in France for more than 90 days? / Will there be a period of grace for second home owners after a no-deal Brexit? / Would we be better covered for healthcare if we became French? / We’re travelling on October 31- will it be a problem? / We often travel to France with DIY tools, will we need to complete customs forms? / I live half and half, can I have a carte de séjour but keep UK taxation? / Changing carte de séjour address / What supporting documents are  required for a carte de séjour in France? / Is a language test required for a carte de séjour in France / Birth certificates / EU rights by parentage? / ‘I’m disabled and can’t queue for residency card’ / Joint applications / Paris process / Number on the card / British children in France / Getting right carte de séjour / Fingerprints / Elderly parents / What about people who have been in France five years or less? / British pet passports and France after Brexit / Should I change UK pet passport to a French version? / Will we have to sit a French driving test to continue using our car in France after Brexit? / I have pensions from work in a number of EU/EEA countries. Will Brexit affect those if I want to stay in France? / Will tax on my UK teachers' pension change after Britain leaves the EU? / Is full health insurance a viable alternative to Puma? / We’re Franco-British with S1s - what about our healthcare? / How do I get a duplicate S1 to show on visits to the UK? / If we close down our French small business what do we do for healthcare? / Will other parts of the EU give passport exit stamp? / What happens to French pension for retiree now living in the UK? / Can the British wife of an Irish man stay longer than 90 days on a visit after Brexit? / Will récépissé for a carte de séjour help prove French residency at the border? / Will French son, 14, need own passport for UK visit? / Can British pensioner without S1 apply for S1 to get care in UK? 

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