Extended Residence Permits now reaching renewal time

In order to secure the presence of legally-resident foreign nationals in France during the Covid-19 crisis and maintain their rights (in particular the right to work), French authorities have extended validity of residence documents by six (6) months for those documents that were expiring between 16 March and 15 June, 2020.

This covers long-stay visas containing a residence permit (VLS-TS), residence cards (CST), receipts of residence permit application (“récépissés”), temporary residence permits (APS) and asylum receipts. As a consequence, these residence documents will reach renewal time between 15 September and 14 December, 2020. No further automatic extension is scheduled as prefectures have now resumed work and are able to process applications, be it under strict sanitary conditions.

It is to be noted that this population renewing permits from 15 September on will come in addition to the expected population with permits expiring in the coming months and undergoing their normal renewal process. On top of this, the prefectures are still catching-up on the workload accumulated during the lockdown and we experience pretty long processing times at the moment.
As a consequence, it is highly recommended that holders of extended permits secure an appointment with their local prefecture at the earliest, as appointment slots are rapidly booked.

As a reminder, travel within Schengen area is possible with an extended permit as the extension was communicated to foreign Schengen authorities but we recommend that you carry evidence of same when crossing borders. International travel is not recommended until receipt of renewal application is granted by the prefecture.

If you have any queries, please feel free to contact:

Alexandra Demeure
Immigration Manager
Western Europe cluster

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