Hello! I’m looking for some guidance about life in France with a new one year Visa from January 2021.
Some background, we’re UK citizens with main house in UK and a holiday home in France which we’ve had for the last 6 years. Looking now to rent out the UK house and move temporarily (say 3-5 years) to France. I’m retired and in receipt of a pension which enables us to be self sufficient. The UK rental income will obviously help financially too. Neither of us will be working in France. The plan would be to apply for a 1 year visa for us both renewing each year.
So jumping through a number of assumptions (like whether we are successful with our applications and what else for Brexit) my questions are about what else would we need?
Is the Visa solely a permit to reside in France for a period of time (1 year in this case)? By that I mean for example does it entitle me to join the health system leaving me to buy top up insurance or do I need to buy insurance to cover every aspect of health cover in full?
What else does having a Visa allow if anything?
Once I have the Visa what is needed for me to comply with it’s terms apart from being self sufficient and not seeking / doing work?
What are the requirements then for taxation? Am I still a UK citizen paying UK tax or do I need to join the French tax system?
I suspect the answer is that it just allows us to live there for a defined period but the more I think about it the more confusing the picture seems to become! I’d really appreciate some guidance.
Thanks in anticipation.