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S1 based health cover after Brexit - an update, and getting beyond the confusion and misunderstanding

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The UK government's statement yesterday (read about it in yesterday's news update, here: https://www.francerights.info/2019/09/new-uk-government-contingency-plans-on.html) guaranteeing that as a fall back measure it would reimburse the health care costs for S1 holders for just 6 months after a no deal Brexit certainly caused a furore - as of course it should do.




I had at least 200 responses to my call for stories and testimonies from those who would be affected, and every single one was heartbreaking. A sample of these testimonies were taken to a meeting that British in Europe had yesterday afternoon with the Foreign Office minister Chris Pincher, who said that he found them 'genuinely helpful': you can read more about that meeting here: https://britishineurope.org/2019/09/24/bie-meets-chris-pincher/. My call for testimonies was also picked up by The Local, which ran an article on it today - you can read that here: https://www.thelocal.fr/20190924/pensioners-in-france-…

New UK government contingency plans on reciprocal health care - reassurance, or smoke and mirrors?

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Early this morning the UK government put out a press statement outlining its latest contingency plans on the reciprocal health care system - otherwise known as the S1 scheme. You may have heard Matt Hancock on the Today programme (we didn't, as this article was written before his interview!).

A quick reminder of what the S1 scheme is before we go any further: those with state pension and some disability benefits living in the EU have their health care funded by the UK rather than the country they live in, as do some posted workers and students. The same applies to, say, a retired French person living in the UK with a French pension, who will have her health care costs funded by France. The S1 is the name of the form used to certify those rights (it used to be called the E121).




So what does this latest government statement say?  In a nutshell it says this: that for 6 months after a no deal Brexit the UK Government will reimburse the healthcare costs (or pay providers directly where…

Coming back into France for resident Brits after a no deal exit

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This is a question that is coming up at lot at the moment so I thought it would be a good time to post about the situation, why there may be a potential issue, and what you may need to do about it.  Although if there's a no deal exit there will automatically be a grace period of 12 months for those who were legally resident before Brexit, this is NOT the same kind of grace period as the transition period of the Withdrawal Agreement. The no deal grace period only relates to residents, whereas the WA transition period relates to everyone. So that means there would immediately have to be a way for border control to differentiate those already legally resident from those who aren't.


If you currently hold a carte de séjour For those who currently hold an EU CdS: we're verifying whether the Schengen database will be updated to include these cards and whether the machines will be able to read the chips. If you're travelling outside Schengen after a no deal Brexit you MUST ca…

So who is Surinder Singh anyway? Returning to the UK with your non-British family member

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If you've been following British in Europe's advocacy campaigns over the last two and a half years, you'll almost certainly have come across the term 'Surinder Singh rights' - perhaps you've wondered what they are. As the UK government published some amendments to its immigration rules on Monday afternoon (here's the link for the truly masochistic amongst you), which included amendments to these rights after Brexit, it seems like a good time to have a look at what this is all about, as many British people living in France and in other EU countries will be affected by it.

Who should read this article? The information in this article relates to you if you are a British citizen and you live in France or another EU state with a spouse, partner or close family member who is not British (either EU or non-EU). You will be affected by these changes if at any point in the future you want or need to move back to the UK with your family member(s).



Free movement rights…