Hello! I’ve recently found this amazing community and can’t wait to get to know everyone better! I’m sorry that my first post is a request for help!
I’ve lived in France for 3 and a bit years now, and hold a 5 year EU Carte de Sejour. I am currently in the system for the new Carte De Sejour, and applied for it in October 2020.
I’m currently on furlough (chomage partiel) and have returned to the UK to help look after my elderly parents, but I maintain my apartment and income in France. I left in November 2020.
My question is how long am I allowed to be in the UK for? How does the 6 month rule work in practice?
Is it a trip of longer than 6 months, or 6 months total in a year? And have there been any extensions for coronavirus, as international travel has been very much discouraged.
And what would happen if I overstayed in the UK (i.e is it enforced?)
My job is unlikely to come back until the summer, and I am concerned that the border might become much more restricted in the coming days.
I know I need to come back, but equally I am not happy to be going into a high risk area right now (Ile de France). Indeed, travel advice is not to enter the region from outside unless for an essential reason.
Thank you everyone for your help- I really don’t want to jeopardise my residency and job by getting stuck the wrong side of the border, or by staying too long by accident.