Residing in France post Brexit

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I'm buying a house in France but the purchase date is after 31/12/20 (end of transition). I'm also a self employed, work from home professional. The question is does anyone know the "real" rules i.e. not the "what you can get away with" rules, regarding residing in France on a permanent basis and operating as a micro entrepreneur now the UK is no longer part of the EU? The website doesn't give a lot away, other than you'd be allowed to spend 90 days out of 180, or get a long stay visa for work, study, etc. I'd be going there to work but doing UK work remotely so the work is effectively me - I do however want to pay my taxes in France. The French website (directed to from the .gov website isn't saying "KEEP OUT" but its also very vague, saying about just requirements but that's a pretty vague description.I've lived in France for a couple of years before and operated as a micro entrepreneur but sadly sold up. I do not have any family connections with France etc so cant use that route. Anyone's insight or knowledge is appreciated. 

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Rich by name 1609149822


Your probasbly aware that the French in the most part make us extreemly welcome well they have to me anyway, I dont think for a minute they will stop UK nationals that can support themselves and contribute to the state from coming and setting up home here. However in answer to your query I have no first hand knowledge of the official stance, only really answered you r post to say "great Username  wineoclock@1pm

wineoclock@1pm 1609150230

Hahaha. Yes, the username was from my Breton days! Sadly in the UK it seems its more knuckledownandgetonwithwork@alldayoclock. Hence my wanting to come back over and reaffirm the good French values of work/life balance. Never had an issue with the French personally, great bunch by and large. Loved my time there. 

Ronald-McDonald-933428 1609154785

I have no concrete info for you but just wanted to encourage you to keep up with your plans.  Declaring your income here for taxation is the most important thing you can do to establish your residential status.  It is very early days here on all the fine details of what is changing.  Best of luck with your move.

wineoclock@1pm 1609156976

Thank you Sir. I have decided on the Auvergne this time. You're right though re the fine print. I suspect things will change or be adapted to suit both sides. Looking forward to settling there again for sure. Covid of course isn't helping but there are people with far worse worries than my move for sure. 

ItchyFeet 1609242957

Heres what I have recently done (despite being in France on/off 17 years -
Register for tax in July (I think on impots gouv site, I cant remember) this then gives you a numero fiscal
Oct - registered self employed (tourism - gite)
Nov - applied via the brexit residence page to apply for fr residency
If you apply self empl, no proof of health cover is asked for but proof of self empl is.
Dec - received Ameli attestation for health system
To date still not heard about appointment for residency but on application you receive an attestation of right, basically giving you the right as of before brexit (90+ days) until your application is accepted/declined.
Basically, apply before 31st to get the attestation of right to remain until application is sorted out

Euro-Trash-962704 1609352524

Unfortunately as a Brit you won't be able to set up as a micro entrepreneur after tomorrow if you don't have a carte de sejour.. There is no way round this that I can see because you need to prove you have the right to work (EU passport or TCN passport plus CdS) before you can set up a business or start work, and if you don't have that right then you won't be able to prove you do and the computer will say Non.

That means any work you do whilst here would have to be strictly below the radar and you would have to pretend all your work is done from the UK. Depending what you do it's unlikely it would be picked up, but it's not a thing that I would risk. 

A long stay visitor visa would allow you to spend more than 90 / 180 days in France but would not allow you to work, and they might wonder how come a person of working age can go on holiday for so long.

Brexit, the gift that just keeps on taking away.

wineoclock@1pm 1609354432

Thank you all. It's a minefield quite frankly. I'm going to play it by ear and take it stage by stage. I've a French friend who lives in Normandy who's on the case looking at the detail. I wot ho into financials but I think there may be ways round it. Again, thanks all. Dover can be nice at some times of the year lol. 

LazyTime 1609403255

 Due to the loss of passporting rights as a result of brexit most UK banks will decide to cancel accounts for EU residents. For incomes from the UK - pensions etc this poses a problem and a new bank with no restrictions relating to UK/EU trading will have to be found.

Euro-Trash-962704 1609404461

Ways round losing Freedom of Movement if you're a Brit:

1. Find an Irish ancestor and get an Irish passport

2. Marry a French person.

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