UK citizens’ residency in France

The latest news from the British Embassy for UK nationals living in France.

    For your information, please find below the latest update from the British Government on UK citizens’ rights in France:

    If you are resident in France before the transition period ends on 31 December 2020, you will be able to stay. However, All UK nationals resident in France will need to obtain a new residence permit in line with the Withdrawal Agreement. This includes:

    • UK nationals with a European carte de séjour (even if it is marked “permanent”, or has no expiry date)
    • UK nationals without a European carte de séjour (it is currently optional to have one)
    • UK nationals applying for a second nationality
    • UK nationals married to or PACSed to (in a civil partnership with) EU nationals
    • UK nationals recently arriving or well established in France

    When the system opens, you will need to apply using the online residency portal which will open on 1 October 2020. You will have until at least 30 June 2021 to apply. If you applied for residency on the previous ‘no–deal’ portal, you will not need to re-apply using the new one. Your application will be processed by the appropriate Préfecture before the deadline. For more information, see the British Embassy's Facebook FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) on residency page:, the French government’s guidance for UK nationals (in English), and the French Interior Ministry’s website on how to secure your residency rights (in French).