British nationals living in France: The July 1st 2021 deadline is approaching…

It’s the time WARP!

“It’s astounding

Time is fleeting

Madness takes its toll

But listen closely

Not for very much longer

I’ve got to keep control!”

Yes, we’re quoting The Rocky Horror Picture Show and the hit “Time Warp” for a very good reason: you have less than two weeks to apply for the Withdrawal Agreement Residency Permit (WARP) caused by Brexit. 

If you are a British national and you legally moved to France before 1 January 2021, you must apply online for the Withdrawal Agreement Residency Permit (WARP) before 1 July 2021. You need to have your residency permit before 1 October 2021 in order to secure your French rights and freedom of travel.

Who is affected?

All UK nationals living in France, either:

  • with a European carte de séjour (even if it is marked “permanent”, or has no expiry date)
  • without a European carte de séjour (it was previously optional)
  • in the process of applying for a second nationality
  • married to or in a civil partnership with (known as PACSed) French or other EU nationals

What about my child(ren)?

Children under 18 do not need to apply, unless they need a residency permit to work or will turn 18 in the next few weeks. Double check, though, if a “document de circulation pour étranger mineur” (DCEM) is required in your case.

Side note: each person must make a separate application.

Is it really THAT bad if I don’t do it?

Short answer: yes.

Long answer: do not delay applying, because the formalities to obtain a residency permit outside the framework of the Withdrawal Agreement are a ton load more complicated. You will likely be checked at the border when travelling. If you cannot show that you are a resident in France, you may be asked additional questions at the border to enter the Schengen area, and your passport may be stamped on entry and exit. You also rsik the possibility of being denied re-entry into France.

Ok, you convinced me. I’m doing it. HOW??

How to apply for Brexit Visa with the WARP procedure!

Short answer: drop us an email at contact@yourfriendinparis, and we’ll take care of the paperwork and Préfécture appointments. Stress free, hassle free, and you’ll be wondering why you didn’t contact us sooner.

Long answer: read this flowchart, check the French government guidelines, and brace for impact with French Administration. Additional documents, information, clarification might be required: make sure you’re up to date.


Are there any eligibility requirements for WARP?

There is a minimum income requirement of €565 per month for each household. This means that in total each household must have a minimum total of €565 in income between all of it’s members. Business owners applying for WARP will need to show that their business is “effective”. There are no details available to clarify what qualifies an “effective” business, but if you are making enough to satisfy the minimum income requirement, this likely will work. Economically inactive residents who have lived in France for less than 5 years will also need to provide proof of health insurance.

How long will it take to get my WARP?

French bureaucracy is not known for being timely. If you have submitted your application and have not heard back for quite some time, be sure you are checking your email’s spam folder. Worst case, you can find your local prefecture’s email and ask them about your application directly. To find you local prefecture’s email, check the list here.

Now, as you arrived here you deserve a little gift: we’re offering you a 10% referral discount on our rate for Brexit immigration. Bring a friend with your name and the code YFIPBREXIT, and both of you will receive a 10% discount on our Brexit visa. You’re welcome how to apply for Brexit Visa

Elena Ferrari
Elena Ferrari
Legal and Administrative Associate

Born in Genova, Italy, and adopted by la Ville Lumière, I’ve been a corporate lawyer in London and Dubai, a burnt-out mum in Singapore, and an event manager in the fanciest art galleries and boutiques of Paris.

Now I’m here to help you avoid the cortisol-infused nightmares that my previous 9 relocations have been.

The sunrise over the Oman desert, the sunset in Bali, a pint in Notting Hill or a Martini on a New York rooftop: I wouldn’t trade a croissant in Latin Quarter for any of it!  

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