I “attended” a British Embassy virtual outreach event on Wednesday. They said they would post a link to the video but not seen this, so thought I’d write up the points I noted at the time. There were questions about people moving now, and pensions and worker’ rights etc etc that I didn’t note can”t remember.
107,000 applications for resident cards to date.
Advised to check passport expiry date as we need 6 months, and passport exchange taking longer at present (since few people can travel this will not affect many!).
As long as you can show you were working as a frontier worker before 31/12/20 then should be no problems with worker’ s S1.
Recognise the huge distress caused by the driving licence debacle. Negotiations are well advanced and the next step is to sign the reciprocal agreement. They hope this will be soon. But fudged questions about what might happen if it doesn’t get signed…
They also pointed out that if the date at 4b on your licence has passed, then it is no longer legal to drive. I didn’t think that was the case as i thought just a misdemeanour and your permit still valid. Who knows, but since there’s little people can do it was ‘t hugely helpful.
Also reminded that it is illegal to renew your UK licence if no longer resident in UK.
There is new work being done in UK to look at 15 year rule for voting. (Pigs might fly I think! No incentive for current administration to give us the vote I imagine)
They do not believe there will be any change to the 90/180 rule for second homes owners. This failed in earlier negotiations and since the UK is now a third country there is no interest from France to treat people any differently from other TCNs
They confirmed that for people who arrived before 31/12/20 as long as you proof of that, and have health cover at the time of making your WARP application that is fine. However they felt that it is prudent to have private health cover for any gap between arrival and entering the State Health system.