November’s Connexion highlighted problems British children and young people in France regularly face due to lack of proof of residency status under the Brexit Withdrawal Agreement.
Perhaps it was because of time restraints, but I suspect this issue was not previously fully considered at an official level.
My wife and I applied for residency status the day the Brexit referendum result was announced.
We then, post Brexit, had to exchange this for Withdrawal Agreement residency status.
At no point during that 2020 exchange process was it explained that we would need to obtain a DCEM (document de circulation pour étranger mineur) for our son, should we ever want to take him out of France.
It was only on doing so that a border officer pointed out that we needed one.
Thankfully, we blagged our way out of – and back into – France. The application process for a DCEM was online, quick and straightforward. However, it cost €50.
As a footnote, our son is keen to obtain French nationality the day that he is old enough to.
Personally, I cannot understand why any ‘British children’ born or raised in France would not want to do the same, for professional, travel or electoral representation purposes, if nothing else.
Gary GRANT, Morbihan
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