Residency permit website goes live

by Steve Martindale

Originally planned for July, the launch of the portal allowing British residents to apply for a Withdrawal Agreement Residency Permit was pushed back to 1st October and then faced further delays before finally going live on Monday 19th October.

Britain left the EU earlier this year, but under the terms of the Withdrawal Agreement, nothing has yet changed for British expats in France. However, the Brexit transition period runs out on 31st December and anyone residing in France before this date and planning to stay as a French resident must apply for a residency permit via the site.

The online portal is for all Britons who become resident in France by the end of 2020 and their family members.

Those that make the move after this date will be subject to a different regime – one expected to be similar to that already in place for other Third Country Nationals such as Americans and Australians – and will have to apply for a residency permit in person at their local prefecture.

The website is available in both English and French and can be accessed via the this link.

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2nd National Lockdown: Downloadable “attestations” for leaving your home

by Steve Martindale

Following President Emmanuel Macron’s address to the nation on Wednesday 28th October, the country is once again under a national lockdown “until at least 1st December”. Although the number of positive Covid-19 cases had been rising rapidly through the month of October, it had been thought that the government would bring in regional lockdowns for the worst-hit areas and possibly introduce tighter curfews. Rumours of a full national lockdown began to circulate the day before the president’s announcement, but réconfinement still took many by surprise.

The new rules are much the same as for the first national lockdown in March of this year, with all “non-essential” businesses closed. You are not permitted to leave your house unless you have a good reason and have a completed form stating the purpose of your journey. The standard (and sadly familiar) attestation de déplacement dérogatoire is again available both via a webpage on your smartphone and as an English download, but has a few extra reasons for leaving your home this time round.

Click on the links below to download the relevant form:

Attestation de déplacement obligatoire (EN)click here
Attestation de déplacement obligatoire (FR)click here
Justificatif de déplacement professionnel (FR)click here
Justificatif de déplacement scolaire (FR)click here

One crucial difference of this lockdown is that schools are staying open and a third form has been created to this effect, a justificatif de déplacement scolaire. This form only needs to be filled in once and can be used for any subsequent journey to pick up or drop off your child at school. As previously, there is also a justificatif de déplacement professionnel for anyone leaving their house for a valid professional or business reason.

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Income tax return dates

by Steve Martindale

Despite the ongoing coronavirus crisis, you do unfortunately still need to submit your annual income tax return, although the deadlines have been extended to give people more time to do so. The vast majority of us are required to fill in our tax returns online and the website officially opened for submissions on Monday 20th April.

The deadline for tax declaration varies depending on the department in which you live, and following the extension, the 2020 deadlines for declaring your 2019 income are:

  • Departments 01 to 19 (zone 1) & non-residents – Thursday 4th June at 23:59
  • Departments 20 to 54 (zone 2) – Monday 8th June at 23:59
  • Departments 55 to 974/976 (zone 3) – Thursday 11th June at 23:59
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