Well a little knowledge is a dangerous thing they say. They also say the devil is in the detail and to avoid paralysis by analysis. And so it is that my ever decreasing circle spirals on regarding Brexit, residency and my circumstances. Time to phone a friend! I’d really welcome your thoughts on the questions I pose below - thanks in anticipation.
- Own 2 houses outright - one in the UK, one in France
- French house treated as a holiday home, lock up and leave, purchased 6 years ago
- Kept cumulative time in France less than 6 months in total per year
- Not registered in France as a resident or under Tax regulations, nor within the Health system (there is of course the “footprint” through property ownership, ie house taxes, utilities, bank account etc)
- UK resident /tax payer
- Age 60, retired through ill health, in receipt of a company pension
- Pension income is sufficient to meet statutory requirements for residency
- Married to Lisa, our children are grown up / independent
- No other income (for either of us)
- Want to be able to be in France for more than the 3 months on / 3 months off expected in case of “no deal” Brexit
Appears “all” (hahaha) that’s needed is for me to:-
- Apply for residency
- Register for Tax
- Buy health insurance
- Does this need to happen pre-Brexit? Does it make any difference?
- Which residency permit should I apply for?
- What happens when I visit the UK? I.e. are there restrictions about how long I can visit other than the “less than 6 months” test?
- What happens if Lisa is not resident? I.e. assume she would only be able to visit France for 3 months and not return for another 3 months?
- My wife had Irish Grandparents - is it worthwhile her applying for an Irish passport?