British citizens who wish to apply for French citizenship after the date of the United Kingdom`s withdrawal from the European Union The French Ministry of the Interior recently launched a new website, brexit.gouv.fr. We have now translated three sections of their guidelines on residency, UK driving licences and elections into English. You have a maximum of six months from the end of the transitional period to apply to your local prefecture for a residence permit corresponding to your situation in France. However, British nationals do not need a residence permit for the first year after the withdrawal date. On 10th April 2019 the European Council reconsidered the possibility of a special summit on Brexit and granted the United Kingdom a further extension (in response to Theresa May`s request of 5th April). The United Kingdom has been granted a new withdrawal period of 31 October 2019. The decision confirming the extension was adopted on 11 April 2019. However, in order to ensure legal certainty, transitional provisions are envisaged which allow British nationals who have resected in France for several years up to the date of withdrawal and who, as such, could have requested French nationality on the basis of the legislation in force before that date, to apply for French nationality without being aware of the illegality of their stay. is required.
The same applies to persons whose stay in France is illegal under the laws and conventions relating to the stay of foreigners in France. Under the provisions of the Withdrawal Agreement, the social protection rules applicable to individuals and businesses engaged in international mobility will remain unchanged during the transition period. British citizens who arrive in France from 1 January 2021 and who have no family relationship with a British citizen covered by the agreement will receive a residence permit in accordance with national legislation. From 1 October 2021, all UK citizens must be in possession of either a special residence permit provided for in the Withdrawal Agreement (if they arrived in France before 31 December 2020) or a standard residence permit (if they arrived in France on or after 1 January 2021). .