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Moving to France After Brexit

What if you want to move to France after Brexit?



If the UK leaves the EU, it will become a 3rd country and you will be a 3rd country national (often referred to as a TCN).


Some things to note


  • If there is a deal the cut-off date will be later (perhaps the end of 2020). In case of no-deal the cut-of date is immediate. 

  • If you want to stay more than 90 days in France you will have to apply for a long-stay visa before you travel - see the French visa site (visas not available yet of course for UK citizens)

  • Legal residence may be harder - they could include language and other integration requirements. An integration contract. You need to meet the OFII rules.

  • Your employer or company will need to obtain permission for you to work.

  • As a 3rd country national, you would be able to spend no more than 90 days at a time in the Schengen area unless you have a visa.

  • In the next couple of years, the Schengen area will introduce the  ETIAS scheme - the European Travel Information and Authorisation System. 




What about those who currently live in both the UK and France? Those that live between the UK and France though are in a more vulnerable position.

Many people have been used to coming and going without restriction. As an EU citizen, you're permitted to spend 3 consecutive months in another EU country and at that point, the question of exercising treaty rights comes into play. ETIAS could change your situation along with expected increased border controls. We will continue to fight for your rights.