What is the change? France is updating its online registration system for U.K. nationals applying for residence permits.

What does the change mean? The website will relaunch in July and U.K. nationals and their family members who are currently residing in the France will be able to apply for residence permits online between then and Dec. 31, 2020.

Implementation time frame: The online registration system will relaunch in July 2020.

  • Visas/permits affected: Residence permits for U.K. nationals.
  • Who is affected: U.K. nationals and their families residing in France.
  • Impact on processing: Residence permit applications submitted before the website update will still be processed. U.K. nationals who have not yet filed residence permit applications will be able to continue living in France until the end of the transition period on Dec. 31, 2020, and will be able to apply for a residence permit online in July to continue residency after the end of the transition period.
  • Business impact: Companies should ensure that U.K. employees residing in France apply for their residence permit as soon as the online registration system relaunches in July.

Background: France initially launched a website for U.K. nationals to apply for residence permits in October, before Brexit. Recently, the website was taken down and the government has announced that it will relaunch the page this July. The site is currently down for maintenance, according to authorities.

Analysis & Comments: U.K. nationals and their family members who have been and are currently living in France will be able to apply for a special residence permit in July when the new online registration system is relaunched. Until then, and up until Dec. 31, 2020, U.K. nationals living in France or who will enter before Dec. 31, 2020, will be able to continue living and working in France without additional authorization.

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