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  • Anyone else taking up EU residency?
  • Premier Icon Bianchi-Boy
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    The French application portal has just gone live so I may be about to become a little bit more French? Exciting times, and a bit scary too. Anyone else considering taking the leap?

    Premier Icon trail_rat
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    You spend >183 days a year in France ?

    My folks have a house/business in France and it wasn’t even a straight forward process for them.

    Premier Icon IHN
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    I’m going to get an Irish passport at some stage (I qualify through my maternal grandmother, thanks Nana), does that count?

    Premier Icon Dickyboy
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    My folks have a house/business in France and it wasn’t even a straight forward process for them.

    +1 my brother has lived and worked in France for 28yrs, the bureaucracy he had to overcome to get citizenship last year was crazy

    Premier Icon Bianchi-Boy
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    I live here but have never needed residency. Brexit has changed that so an application for residency is pending.

    Premier Icon the00
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    Residency and citizenship are different in different countries.
    Italy were one of the first countries in EU to make it clear what would happen to resident Brits after Brexit. We moved here a year ago and the process has been super simple (a few visits to local offices etc) and we can now stay for 5 years.

    Premier Icon Bianchi-Boy
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    Citizenship is different (far more complex) to residency. The French have made residency a lot easier of late, especially for anyone who has lived here for more than 5 years.

    Premier Icon Bianchi-Boy
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    We moved here a year ago and the process has been super simple (a few visits to local offices etc) and we can now stay for 5 years.

    I’m hoping to do the same. How does health care work in Italy?

    Premier Icon trail_rat
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    Citizenship is different (far more complex

    Yup . My folks have conceeded that citizen ship will never happen for them.

    Premier Icon mogrim
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    Residency is Spain is pretty simple, too. Citizenship is a whole load of paperwork which is why I’ve never got round to getting it 🙂

    Premier Icon misteralz
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    I’ve got just over a year to wait until I can apply for Dutch citizenship. I’ll be doing it literally the day I become eligible.

    Premier Icon the00
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    Italy healthcare… First buy insurance, which is a couple of hundred for a year. Once you are resident and paying taxes you can sign on to the local system I think… I’ve not actually done this bit yet.

    Premier Icon mrsheen
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    I watch Montalbano every weekend and love coffee, icecream and pizza. That’s all I need to move to Italy right?

    Premier Icon willard
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    Hell yes. As soon as I can apply gor permanent right to remain over here, I will and then I will chop that for Citizenship as soon as I reach three years here (which is April).

    Premier Icon Bianchi-Boy
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    Italy healthcare… First buy insurance, which is a couple of hundred for a year. Once you are resident and paying taxes you can sign on to the local system I think… I’ve not actually done this bit yet.

    it sounds v similar to France. I’m just collecting quotes for insurance. Once residency is granted we will be in the system proper. Good luck.

    Premier Icon eddiebaby
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    Splitters! 😁

    Premier Icon cchris2lou
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    I need to look into it for my wife and children.
    I am hoping it will be straight forward.
    When we lived in the UK, I registered wedding and children with French consulate.

    Premier Icon winston
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    There is a high chance I’ll be going for Dutch residency and possibly citizenship at some point. My wife of 25 years and children are all Dutch citizens so hopefully it will be fairly straight forward.

    Premier Icon Edukator
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    My neighbour has just got citizenship, Chris. He’s paxé with the mother of his three children, they both work and he started the process just after the Brexit vote. It was just a matter of patiently going through the process. That’s two out of three of the people I know who have applied who have succeeded. The third can be less than tactful, but he’s progressing slowly.

    Premier Icon franko777
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    Yeah, we’ve just moved to the Alps so will be applying for residency just as soon as we’ve got our heads around the healthcare part. I think ultimately the plan will be to go for citizenship but as said above, this seems a bit trickier and we’ll come to that in due course.

    Premier Icon dovebiker
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    I’ve moved back to Scotland and maybe in another few years we’ll get back in

    Premier Icon bob_summers
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    I’ve been resident in Spain ten years, with nary a problem until now.

    Thanks to the B word, my UK driver’s license becomes invalid on 31/12 and I would assume it’s the same for France too. If you’re resident in EU you must have the corresponding license.

    Currently I can change it for a Spanish one at the equivalent of DVLA, simple enough – fill out some forms and have a medical, but it has to be done in person and the system is completely choked. After 31/12 the change isn’t possible and you’d have to take the Spanish driving test (in my case, three if I want to keep all categories*).

    I have an appt. on Tuesday, but thanks to la ley de Murphy, I’m self isolating at home pending a CV19 test on Monday. If I test -ve (and get the text message in time), I can go to the appointment. If not, I might be retaking my driving test… hands at ten-to-two

    *My fault, none of this is a surprise as we knew about it a year ago.

    Premier Icon asbrooks
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    It’s all come a bit too soon for us. Or we are late not sure which it is.

    Our original plan was to move to France when the kids had finished Uni. The Mrs Being French has always wanted to return at some point and we had planned to do so, but not for a few years. Would have been easy for me before the brexshit vote which has now really f#@&ed up our long term plans, now it won’t be so easy.

    I’m lucky in the sense that I can do my job from anywhere, but would have to register with our French branch now as I will have to prove I can support myself. But it will mean the I will be a salary burden on that branch whereas before not so.

    Once we register residency, I have to wait four years to apply to become a French citizen. As others have said the French love their bureaucracy and I don’t expect it to be an easy ride.

    Premier Icon ocrider
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    Residency, yes. Citizen, no. I’ve been here for twenty years but don’t feel French enough to justify it. It’s seen in some quarters that you need to be more French than the French themselves, if you get my drift.

    Premier Icon scandywag
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    I finally sorted Swedish citizenship (dual nationality with the UK) last year when it became clear Brexit was definitely happening, I’d swapped over driving license the year before. Not too complicated a process as I’d been here a while. 😏
    But it still pisses me off that it was necessary!

    Premier Icon fatmountain
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    I’m currently in Spain now trying to do the same (residency – Citizenship is lengthly and has many implications).

    System has been choked up since August. Managed to get some apointments – you need private healthcare now or a job. Still under the withdrawal agreement, so after 31st, who knows.

    The driving license business is insane. Hoping to get that changed but unlikely I’ll get it in time. Sitting motorcycle test in Spain doens’t sound fun and apparently the driving test is ridiculous too.

    Premier Icon intheborders
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    I live in Scotland, we’re going en-bloc in a few years.

    Premier Icon poolman
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    Bob, I got my spanish d licence today. All the appointments are bagged by the gestors so I paid 100e and they did everything. The medical is easy, a sort of video game driving test, eye test and blood pressure.

    Re residencia I got everything in order, as it predates 2012 I get free state healthcare which is a massive bonus.

    Ironically I actually spend more time in UK now, but under the threshold, so may surrender the residencia when brexit rules are clear.

    Premier Icon bob_summers
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    @fatmountain Not sure where you live, but you’ll be lucky to get an appt. at DGT online or calling. I rang a few times and they just told me to keep trying, couldn’t offer any tips as to what day/time was best to try though, it was a waste of time.

    I got one in the end by ringing a gestor and I had an appointment confirmed same day. Had to pay, of course, but they seem to be able to get slots where mere mortals cannot. Good luck.

    @poolman posts crossed but yep, sounds right. I’ve actually done the first appointment twice before, but both times they rang me to come in for the second appt I was in the UK….

    Premier Icon asbrooks
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    Residency, yes. Citizen, no. I’ve been here for twenty years but don’t feel French enough to justify it. It’s seen in some quarters that you need to be more French than the French themselves, if you get my drift.

    For me it’s more about getting my EU citizenship back.

    Premier Icon cchris2lou
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    Had a quick look and it looks fairly simple . Will have to do my eldest son too as he is turning 18 this year .

    Premier Icon poolman
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    Bob, here on the coast the dgt offices are full up so people are going inland where appt are avail. I just checked my spanish dl and all the extra bits like van, trailer, full motorbike have been added. Apparently you have to state that you want them transferring or they can get dropped.

    Good luck, I have checked with my gestor many times to confirm all papers are in order. Residency card valid and open ended so will be reluctant to surrender it if i move back to uk.

    Premier Icon leffeboy
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    Leffegarcon here.  Been Belgian for over a year now.  It’s a bit weird as my language and national knowledge will never be enough to feel properly Belgian but I can’t vote in the UK and have paid more tax here so why not

    Premier Icon ocrider
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    @asbrooks I fully agree with you on that principle, but feel it’s not enough personally for taking another nationality. I’ve read the the livret de nationalité many times and agree with everything in there, it’s still barely scratching the surface of what it is to be French. I’m just not yet feeling it, man. Check back in 5 years time…
    As long as the kids are ok; the eldest got his certif de nationalité last month, it’s very simple for 18 yr olds. The younger one is 12, so she can wait another year before we think about starting her paperchase (she’s got an Irish passport anyway)

    Premier Icon nicko74
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    Not residency, but I’m practising my Irish accent, so I am…

    Premier Icon bob_summers
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    Bob, here on the coast the dgt offices are full up so people are going inland where appt are avail. I just checked my spanish dl and all the extra bits like van, trailer, full motorbike have been added. Apparently you have to state that you want them transferring or they can get dropped.

    They are and they aren’t full… I was trying offices within a few hours (Pamplona, Vitoria, Bilbao plus places where I know people like Girona) and they were all fully booked too. Not nearly as many UK citizens up here either so it’s a CV19 thing rather than a last minute rush to change licenses over.

    Then I ring a gestor and she gets me an appointment 😀

    Thanks for the headsup about the categories. Don’t wanna lose my A2 moto because I’m also matriculating a UK bike here (passed the ITV, just waiting for – you guessed it – a DGT appt!)

    Premier Icon RoterStern
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    I’m also in the process of becoming a German citizen. Been here for 20 years and all my children are German nationals. The main reason is that I have absolutely no voice at the moment. Can’t vote in the UK and now can’t vote in EU elections. 🥺

    Premier Icon nicko74
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    I’m also in the process of becoming a German citizen

    And am I right that you would then have to give up any other citizenships you might have?
    Not that it’s necessarily a loss, just remember reading something along those lines

    Premier Icon sgn23
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    I’ve Irish grandparents, so if the need arises I’ll register on the foreign births register and get a passport. Currently can’t justify the approx £300 it’ll cost, just so I can skip the looooong immigration queue the next time I visit the EU (leaving my wife and kids in the queue may be a problem 😂)

    Premier Icon RoterStern
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    And am I right that you would then have to give up any other citizenships you might have?
    I know that before Brexit Germany allowed dual nationality from EU countries. I’m not sure now what the new situation is but if I have to give up my UK citizenship then so be it. Looking from the outside it seems to me the UK is pretty much finished anyway.

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