UK Nationals Support Fund (UKNSF) project in France
The International Organization for Migration (IOM) will provide practical support to UK Nationals who may find it harder to complete all their residency applications to secure and maintain their residency rights in France now that the UK has left the EU. Through the UK Nationals Support Fund (UKNSF), working alongside SSAFA and Franco-British Network, we aim to reach at-risk UK Nationals in France through information activities and practical support.
Together with our partners and in close coordination with the British Embassy in France, the IOM will raise awareness specifically among UK Nationals living in Brittany, Normandie and Paris, share accessible information on residency requirements, and provide direct practical support in completing applications for those in situations where access to information and application processes are difficult.
While information provided online and through other media will be available to all, the IOM office in Saint-Brieuc will provide assistance to any UK nationals who may struggle to apply, to secture and maintain their residencey rights in France now that the UK has left the EU, for example elderly people with limited mobility, people living with disability, or chronic illness, those who face language or literacy barriers, or barriers in accessing technology.
IOM global work in this area complements government services and migrants with information on their rights and access to procedures, especially for those living in more difficult circumstances. The International Organization of Migration (IOM) 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 our expertise in regularization, integration, ID management, and directly assisting migrants who find themselves in difficult or vulnerable situations.
The UK officially left the EU on 31st January 2020 and is now in the transition period until 31st December 2020. This means that up until 31st December 2020, UK nationals still retain nearly all their rights acquired as EU citizens. Pursuant to the withdrawal agreement, the UK nationals residing in France will be issued specific residence permits “United Kingdom’s withdrawal agreement from the EU” (Accord de ) for which they will have to apply before 1st July 2021. This includes any UK nationals issued with an old-style residence permit as an EU citizen. At present there is no system for applying for a new residence permit, however the French government has stated that this will come into place as of July 2020.
UK nationals who applied for a residence permit through the No-Deal portal prior to the UK leaving the EU on 31st January 2020 do not need to re-apply on the new portal. In that case, you should have received a confirmation from your Prefecture that your application is being processed. The role of the IOM in Saint-Brieuc is to help at-risk UK nationals with the administrative procedure of applying for a new residence permit in Brittany, Normandy and Paris.
IOM Saint- office contact details:
Dedicated helpline available on Monday & Tuesday from 14:00 to 16:00 pm and on Wednesday and Thursday from 10:30 am to 12:30.
Please keep checking this page to find up-to-date information on requirements, procedures and our initiatives in Brittany, Normandy and Paris to support those who may struggle to complete residency or registration applications.