France has extended the validity of more residence permits and plans to launch a new digital platform in an effort to ease immigration processes during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Key Points:

  • Permits that expired between May 16 and June 15 will be extended for 180 days. This applies to French residence permits, long-stay visas, temporary residence permits and temporary authorization of stay (APS). Previously, this extension only applied to permits that expired between March 16 and May 15.
  • Officials recently announced plans to establish a digital platform to allow foreign nationals to file applications online, including “récépissé/APS” renewals, circulation document for minors and change of address notifications. This platform will be available from June 15. Additional details are expected soon.

Background: France took a number of measures to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, including closing its borders. Last month, France lifted internal travel restrictions and opened up its borders to a limited number of foreign nationals. It has also taken steps to ease immigration requirements for foreign nationals in France who may have difficulty returning home at this time.

Analysis & Comments: The response to the COVID-19 pandemic continues to develop, and Deloitte will provide additional updates as information becomes available. Please check Deloitte’s COVID-19 Digital Map, available here, for information on travel restrictions and immigration changes in other countries.

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