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No-deal residency cards expected to cost €269

The Connexion, Feb 8

An Interior Ministry source told The Connexion it is planned the no-deal residency cards would be charged for at the usual rates for third-country (non-EU) citizens.

The law published says Britons with permanent stay EU cartes de séjour or able to provide the same evidence required for one (five years’ stable, legal residency) would have to obtain the carte de séjour longue durée – UE, valid 10 years, whereas those resident in France for less time would have to apply for one of several third-country citizens' cards (depending on their situation) lasting one to four years before being renewable. The usual charge for these cards is €269.

Note that the new law only relates to the no-deal scenario. In the case of a deal, the draft withdrawal agreement says formalising rights under the deal must be free or no more than the cost for a national of the country applying for a similar document – we take this to be a French identity card, which is free.

The UK settled status process is less costly than the French 'no-deal' cards because the UK has based it essentially on the withdrawal agreement ('deal'), whether or not the deal is in fact signed, whereas the French plans are, at least with regards to residency rights, more closely aligned with how other non-EU citizens are already dealt with in France (but minus some additional complications like the need for a visa).

The optional residency cards for EU citizens are free, however they would have to be replaced after Brexit.


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