UK Nationals Support Fund (UKNSF)

The UK officially left the EU on 31st January 2020 and is now in the transition period until 31st December 2020. This means that up until 31st December 2020, UK nationals still retain nearly all their rights acquired as EU citizens.  Pursuant to the Withdrawal Agreement, UK nationals legally residing in France by 31st December 2020 will be issued specific residency permits “United Kingdom’s withdrawal agreement from the EU” ("accord de retrait du Royaume-Uni de l'UE) for which they will have to apply before 1st July 2021 . This includes any UK nationals issued with an old-style residency permit as an EU citizen, those with a pending residency application at prefecture and those with a pending application for French nationality. 

On 19 October 2020, the French government opened the new residency application website for UK Nationals living in France (click below to access the portal):


All UK nationals living in France must get a new biometric residency permit, issued to the holder under the terms of the Withdrawal Agreement.

UK nationals who applied for a residency permit through the No-Deal portal prior to the UK leaving the EU on 31st January 2020 do not need to re-apply on the website, unless they have moved to another department. If you already applied for a residency permit through the No-Deal portal, you should have received a confirmation from your Prefecture that your application is being processed.  

Possession of a residence permit will be compulsory from 1 October 2021 for anyone over the age of 18. Until that date, your rights in terms of residence, professional activity and all your social rights will be maintained. 

The role of the IOM in Saint-Brieuc is to help at-risk UK nationals with the administrative procedure of applying for a new residence permit in 5 regions: Brittany, Normandy, Ile-de-France, Hauts-de-France, and Pays de la Loire.

IOM Saint-Brieuc office contact details: 


Dedicated helpline available on Monday & Tuesday from 14:00 to 16:00 pm and on Wednesday and Thursday from 10:30 am to 12:30.

Please keep checking this page to find up-to-date information on requirements, procedures and our initiatives in Brittany, Normandy, Ile-de-France, Hauts-de-France, and Pays de la Loire ; to support those who may struggle to complete residency or registration applications. 

IOM’s role: 

The International Organization for Migration (IOM) provides practical support to UK nationals who may find it harder to complete their residency application to secure and maintain their residency rights in France now that the UK has left the EU. Through the UK Nationals Support Fund (UKNSF), working alongside SSAFA - The Armed Forces charity, the Franco-British Network and Church of England - Diocese in Europe, we aim to reach at-risk UK nationals in France through information activities and practical support.  

Together with our partners and in close coordination with the British Embassy in France, the IOM is raising awareness specifically among UK nationals living in Brittany, Normandy, Ile-de-France, Hauts-de-France, and Pays de la Loire, sharing accessible information on residency requirements, and providing direct practical support in completing applications for those in situations where access to information and application processes are difficult. 

While information provided online and through other media is available to all, the IOM office in Saint-Brieuc provides assistance to any UK nationals who may struggle to apply, to secure and maintain their residency rights in France now that the UK has left the EU. This may include elderly people with limited mobility, people living with disability, or chronic illness, those who face language or literacy barriers, or barriers in accessing technology.

IOM global work in this area complements government services and provides assistance to migrants with information on their rights and access to procedures, especially for those living in more difficult circumstances. The International Organization of Migration has been working for nearly 75 years to promote humane, orderly and regular migration. This new project brings together many areas of IOM’s work which helps people to avoid ending up in an irregular or undocumented situation, including our expertise in regularization, integration, ID management, and directly assisting migrants who find themselves in difficult or vulnerable situations. 


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IOM UKNSF Brochure


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IOM UKNSF Brochure
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For up to date information on applying online for a French residence permit
The French government’s new residency application website for UK nationals
FCDO’s website ‘Living in France’
British Embassy in France
British Embassy Top Ten FAQs on Residency
British Embassy’s video on Healthcare in France