Expat Brits in France urged to join two Brexit-linked surveys

Published:  15 Aug at 6 PM
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British expatriates living in France are being asked to take part in two surveys aimed at helping the French Interior Ministry and the British Embassy understand the expat community’s needs re Brexit.

The two short online surveys are part of efforts by campaign group Remain in France Together (RIFT) and the British Embassy, and both are guaranteed to be anonymous. The subject covers aspects of the controversial application process for the carte de sejour, necessary for confirming residence in France prior to Brexit. According to RIFT, it will collate the replies and pass on the results to both the embassy and the French Interior Ministry in order to highlight problems with applications.

The aim is to press the ministry to provide a simple, standardised scheme for the issuance of the residency cards. Rift’s survey will open at the beginning of September, and will include questions related to requests for translations, refusals to process applications from British expats, appointment waiting times, refusals on grounds of eligibility and the issuance of temporary five-year cards to those entitled to permanent cards. The second survey by the British Embassy requests feedback as to the best way for the British government to effectively communicate with UK expats living in European member states.

The announcement of the two surveys comes as France’s Interior Ministry told English language media it will respect the rights of Britons with already obtained residency cards. It added that those without cards post-Brexit would need to submit similar applications, although campaign groups say it’s unclear at the present moment as to what type of card will be available. Due to reports of difficulties due to excess demand for cartes de sejour in some prefectures, British expats are being urged not to wait till the last minute before applying as they may find delays place the consideration of applications beyond the final Brexit date.
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