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British citizens at UA: How to prepare for Brexit

Brexit will affect the rights and formalities required of British citizens who wish to come to France, whether it be for a short visit or a permanent residence.

In the case of a no-deal Brexit, it will be mandatory for all British citizens over the age of 18 to hold a residence permit from 31st October 2020. They will have six months from the UK’s withdrawal date from the EU to apply for a residence card (that is until April 30, 2020).

In order to facilitate this procedure, the Maine et Loire préfecture has set up an online residence permit application service for British citizens and their families living in France. They will be able to apply online on the following website: under the BREXIT tab.

Pursuant to the French Order of February 6, 2019, British citizens already living in France and their families will be granted a one-year transitional period from the UK’s withdrawal date from the EU. After this period, they will be legally required to hold a residence permit.

During the transitional period, British citizens living in France and their families will retain their rights to residence and work as well as the resulting social rights.

For more information, please go to the French government Brexit website:

Warning: Residence permits (including permanent residence permits) obtained before the UK’s withdrawal from the EU will be valid for a period of one year. They must be exchanged during the transitional period.