Registration procedures survey – please take part!

British in Europe is running  a survey to help us find out more about your experiences of registering for residence as a British citizen when you arrived in your host EU country , and also of applying for a permanent residence card after 5 years where that applies.

Why are we doing this just now? Well, the EU 27 countries will very shortly be considering how to ‘register’ UK citizens living in the EU after 31 December 2020: to continue the current declaratory system, or to introduce a new constitutive system where we would be required to apply for a new status, in keeping with the UK’s wish to oblige EU27 citizens to apply for ‘settled status’ rather than simply confirm their existing rights. We need to know your views and experiences to help our input into the process.

The survey will be open for just 10 days, until Wednesday 9 May 2018, so don’t hang around too long! Time really is of the essence and it’s important that we get as many responses as possible, right across the EU. Click on your country of residence below and you’ll be taken straight to the survey page for where you live.


You’ll notice that Ireland isn’t included in this list. That’s because things work rather different for British citizens who are resident there – they’re not required to register for residence or show ‘sufficient resources’ or health cover, so the same issues don’t apply as for the other EU26 countries.

5 thoughts on “Registration procedures survey – please take part!”

  1. I had a titre de Séjour when I came to France in 2003. Despite being told after 5 years I did not need it I insisted that I wanted to renew it. In 2012 I went to our Prefecture in Saint Brieuc 22 to renew it but was recommended to change to. 10 year Carte de Séjour Permanent. It was the lady I saw who suggested it and I went to collect it a few weeks later. No problems no translation and a very helpful lady.

  2. We are in the throes of putting our dossier together for Carte Sejour Permanant

  3. I and several friends are in the middle of putting together the necessary documents, we have been asked to have our birth certificats and proof of pensions translated which we have now done.
    We intend to return to the préfecture in Pau next week, hopefully then we will get our cartes de séjour permanent.

  4. Since leaving the UK in 1968 I have always considered myself a European. I have lived in Switzerland, Denmark and now for the last 20 years in France.

  5. I have lived in France since 2000, continually employed and all taxes paid on time. However I always worked for Swiss companies just over the border. When I heard about “Brexit” I immediately applied for French Nationality. On the first page of the guidance notes it states that as well as having been resident for five years, that during the whole of that five years ones principle income must have originated in France.

    I applied anyway, as sadly I have a progressive form of MS, and am participating locally in a clinical trial of a new drug intended (successfully, as it turns out) to slow our accumulation of disability. I submitted my application on the 17th October 2016, and received a letter confirming it was successful early in April this year (2018).

    Things moved very quickly for me, and all the officials I had to see, for example a lady at the prefecture, a senior policeman near my home town, were very friendly and helpful. I would encourage anyone in a similar situation to apply and not be put off by the revenue requirement stated in the guidance notes. Yes one must provide extensive documentation, I even had to send the original of my UK adoption order from 1967 (with an official translation, of course!) but if one has lived here for any length of time that shouldn’t come as a surprise. I estimate that in total the cost to me was under three hundred euros.

    Finally let us hope that the UK finds a way to back out of this appalling business so everyone can relax and stop worrying about the future,….

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