British people who own a second home in France are automatically granted a long-stay visa in France.

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An article L. 312-4-1 is added to Section 2 of Chapter II of Title I of Book III of the Code de l’entrée et du séjour des étrangers et du droit d’asile (CESEDA):

Art. L. 312-4-1. CESEDA : « The long-stay visa is issued automatically to British nationals who own a second home in France. They are therefore exempt from having to apply for a long-stay visa. »

Copy of the Bill passed on 20 December 2023 is enclosed : …………XXXXX……………

The entry into force of this provision is still subject to review by the Conseil Constitutionnel (French Constitutional Court), which is expected to issue its ruling by 26 January 2024 at the latest.

If the article is validated as it stands, it will still have to be subject to an implementing decree, which in turn will be examined by the Conseil d’Etat (French Supreme Administrative Court).


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