Ressortissant britannique (ou famille) installé en France avant le 31 décembre 2020 : vous avez jusqu’au 30 juin pour faire votre demande de titre de séjour en ligne

You are a British citizen

I am a civil servant

Changes are coming on 1 January!

On 30 December 2020, the EU and UK signed a trade and cooperation agreement which will determine the rules that apply from 1 January 2021 to relations between the EU and the UK in a number of areas.

Since 1 January 2021, although an agreement has been reached, major changes must be taken into consideration.

The withdrawal agreement, which entered into force on 1 February 2020, includes specific provisions for the right of residence and the maintenance of working conditions for British citizens settled in France before 31 December 2020. You will have until 30 June 2021 to apply for resident status online. The Trade and Cooperation Agreement does not modify these provisions.

If you wish to settle in France in 2021, you will not be covered by the provisions of the withdrawal agreement and the steps to be taken will be different.

You are concerned if you are a British citizen who is a member of the French civil service and who is a permanent or probationary civil servant as at the withdrawal date.

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asked questions

  • Can a British citizen remain a member of the French civil service following the end of the transition period?
  • Article 24 of the withdrawal agreement upholds the applicability to British citizens of Article 45 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union (TFEU) concerning the free movement of workers in the EU, including “the right not to be discriminated against on grounds of nationality as regards employment, remuneration and other conditions of work and employment” and “the right to take up and pursue an activity in accordance with the rules applicable to the nationals of the host State or the State of work”.

    Consequently, Article 24 of the agreement applies Article 45 of the TFEU to British citizens who entered the French civil service before Brexit and those who enter the civil service during the transition period. The same conditions apply to these British citizens as to European citizens: they cannot hold a position with a direct connection with the sovereign attributes of the State or which involve direct or indirect participation in the exercise of government powers by central government or other government bodies.

    In accordance with Article 24 of the withdrawal agreement, British citizens will remain “assimilated” to European citizens in terms of the specific rights granted British citizen workers who enter the civil service up to the end of the transition period. Therefore, the rights of workers (taken in the broad sense to cover civil servants), such as they are guaranteed by Article 45 of the TFEU, are upheld by the withdrawal agreement.

    The rights deriving from their capacity as civil servants or government employees for those British citizens who become civil servants or government employees by 31 December 2020 are therefore upheld, including with respect to access to the civil service and career advancement without the loss of European citizen status being able to be invoked against them.

  • Can a British citizen be recruited into the French civil service after the transition period ?
  • Regarding British citizens who did not make use of their right to free movement in France (ie did not settle in France) before the end of the transition period (31/12/2020), provisions applicable to non-EU citizens with respect to the civil service apply. From January 1st, 2021, they may be recruited as contract government employees without the ability to take up sovereignty positions, pursuant to Article 3-1 of Decree 86-83 of January 17th 1986, Article 2-1 of Decree 88-145 of February 15th 1988 and Article 3-1 of Decree 91-155 of 6 February 6th 1991.