Moving to France after Brexit: A Guide for Third Country Nationals

Considering a move to France after Brexit? Rest assured, it is still possible to make your dream a reality! As a third country national, there are certain steps you need to take and visas to consider. Here’s a breakdown of the important information you need to know:

  1. Third Country National Status:
    • Following Brexit, UK nationals are now considered third country nationals in France.
    • This means that you are subject to the immigration rules and regulations that apply to citizens of non-EU countries.
    • However, if you are a UK national who has EU citizenship due to dual nationality, for example an Irish passport holder, it will be much easier for you to move to France.
  2. Moving from another EU country where you currently have residency:
    • If you live in another EU country, for example, Spain and hold a Spanish Tarjeta de Identidad de Extranjero (TIE) card to live there, you are still required to apply for a visa to move to live and/or work in France. Holding an EU residency card does not give you the freedom of movement that British Nationals had prior to Brexit, unless you hold an EU permanent resident/long duration card in which case contact your Prefecture to see if it will be accepted to apply for a French CDS.
  3. Visa Types:
    • Depending on your circumstances, you may need to apply for a specific visa. You must do this in the country you are still resident in and in advance of arriving in France. You cannot apply for a visa once in France.
    • Here are a few common types of visas:
      • Long-Stay Visa (Visa de long séjour): Required for stays longer than 90 days.
      • Talent Passport (Passeport Talent): For highly skilled professionals, researchers, and entrepreneurs.
      • Family Reunification Visa (Visa de regroupement familial): For joining family members already residing in France, the family member must have resided in France for 18 months to permit family to join.
    • To apply for a Long-Stay Visa you will need:
      • Completed visa application form
      • 3 passport photos
      • 3 months of bank statements which prove you have the funds to support yourself for the duration of your stay
      • Proof of accommodation in France
      • Valid travel insurance
  4. Residency Permits and next steps:
    • Register with the French authorities:
      • Upon arrival in France, you must register your presence with the local town hall (mairie) within three months.
    • Obtain a residency permit:
      • You will need to apply for a residency permit a “Titre de Séjour” or sometimes called “Carte de Séjour” at the Prefecture or the local Office of Immigration and Integration (OFII).
    • Provide necessary documentation:
      • Prepare documents such as proof of identity, proof of accommodation, financial means, healthcare coverage, and a criminal record certificate.
    • Attend an interview:
      • You may be required to attend an interview as part of the application process. This interview will be carried out in French, so some basic level French knowledge is recommended.
  5. Healthcare and Social Security:
    • Ensure you have health insurance coverage.
    • Consider private health insurance options or explore any reciprocal healthcare agreements between your home country and France.

Moving to France after Brexit may require some additional paperwork and steps, but it is still very much possible. By following the proper procedures, you can make your transition smooth and enjoy all that France has to offer!

Remember to consult official sources and seek professional advice for the most up-to-date and accurate information regarding immigration and residency requirements. Contact us at Assist on and we can help you with your application. Have a read of our infographic below to find out more:

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