Family told to leave France can stay

A British family who were sent letters telling them they had been refused cartes de séjour and had to leave France within 30 days can now stay after an error came to light.

Mother-of-two Emma Lawrence, from the Aude, told of her shock after she and her husband received the letters.

The couple, who had lived in France for two years, applied to secure their position after Brexit, based on Mrs Law­rence’s self-employment as a technical writer and IT support worker, and her husband’s situation as an “inactive” person with substantial savings.

They had low work income as Mrs Lawrence was still trying to grow her business while they searched ...

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