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UK Government funded support

Via the UK Nationals Support Fund (UKNSF), the UK government funded a number of organisations to assist UK Nationals and their families living in France with applying for their  Withdrawal Agreement Residency Permits. The funding has now stopped and the assistance is no longer available. 




provided by the Diocese in Europe Residency Support Team and funded by the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office’s UK National Support Fund


This Support Project is now closed but information is available on the website 


About Us:

The Diocese in Europe Residency Support Team was formed when the diocese, part of the Church of England, received a project grant under the UK National Support Fund through the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO).  



SSAFA is no longer providing support as an implementing partner for the UKNSF support but veterans continue to receive help. For more information on SSAFA France or to volunteer, please contact 05 53 24 92 38 or email . We are also on Facebook and Twitter.


SSAFA, the Armed Forces charity exists to relieve the need, suffering and distress amongst the Armed Forces, veterans and their families in order to support their independence and dignity.

The support covers both regulars and reserves in the Royal Navy, the Royal Marines, the British Army and the Royal Air Force and their families, including anyone who has completed National Service. They are entitled to lifelong support from SSAFA, no matter how they have served.

There are SSAFA branches in most counties and cities in the UK. There are also a number of overseas branches. SSAFA France was set up locally in Castillonnes, Lot-et-Garonne in 2004. The branch is now active throughout France with the aim of supporting members of the Armed Forces community and their families in times of need.

At SSAFA France, the team are dedicated to helping service personnel, veterans and their families, in their local communities. Their network of more than 40 experienced, non-judgemental and friendly caseworkers are on hand to provide a variety of services that cover a range of emotional, practical and financial issues.

The country is split into three divisions: North down to the Loire, Centre down to the Dordogne and South to the Mediterranean. SSAFA understands the unique demands of service life and are committed to providing support to those in need throughout France.

SSAFA France provide a range of support services to assist with a variety of issues, including addiction, relationship breakdown, debt, homelessness, depression and disability. Many of these problems only become apparent when an individual must leave their life in the Forces and join ‘Civvy Street’. SSAFA is committed to helping our brave men and women overcome these issues, whenever and wherever they need us.

SSAFA is no longer providing support as an implementing partner for the UKNSF support but veterans continue to receive help. 

For more information on SSAFA France or to volunteer, please contact 05 53 24 92 38 or email . We are also on Facebook and Twitter.

This Support Project has now closed


IOM France – Residency support for UK nationals living in:

  • Brittany

  • Normandy

  • Ile-de-France

  • Pays de la Loire

  • Hauts-de-France

The International Organization for Migration (IOM) in France provides practical support to UK nationals who may struggle to complete their residency application to secure and maintain their residency rights in France under the Withdrawal Agreement now that the UK has left the EU. Through the UK Nationals Support Fund (UKNSF), IOM aims to reach UK nationals in Brittany, Normandy, Ile-de-France, Pays de la Loire and Hauts-de-France through information activities and practical support. The support is specifically focused on individuals who face specific challenges, such as people living with disabilities, those grappling with chronic illness, language and literacy barriers, or barriers in accessing technology.


IOM France opened a temporary office in Saint-Brieuc, Brittany, in April 2020. Since then, the team made up of a caseworker and a legal advisor has already given advice and support to hundreds of UK nationals on the phone, via email and in some cases through a meeting in the office. Since the opening of the online portal, the team has already helped a number of at-risk beneficiaries submit their online application face-to-face. Those receiving direct support ranged from having no computer and internet to having health issues which prevented them from leaving the house.


IOM global work in this area complements government services and provides assistance to migrants with information on their rights and access to procedures, especially for those living in more difficult circumstances. The International Organization for Migration has been working for nearly 75 years to promote humane, orderly and regular migration. This new project brings together many areas of IOM’s work which helps people to avoid ending up in an irregular or undocumented situation, including its expertise in regularization, integration, ID management, and directly assisting those who find themselves in difficult or vulnerable situations. 



Page updated January 2023

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