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Posted on June 25 2022

France issued 270,925 residence permits in 2021

By Editor
Updated July 25 2023


  • France issued 99,644 residence permits to UK nationals.
  • There was a surge of 21.4% in the visa first residence permits.
  • In 2021, the number of visas issued in France was up by 2.9%.

Abstract: The DGEF stated that France issued 270,925 residence permits in the year 2021.

In its reports, the DGEF or Directorate-General for Foreigners in France has stated that it issued 270,925 in 2021. The 99,644 residence permits for the British nationals make the total permit to be 370,569.

As per the DGEF, the granting of residence permits has increased by 21.4% in the current year compared to 2020.

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Details of the Residence Permit of France

The data implies that the number of applications for asylum has been on the increase. There has been an increase in the processing of applications by the French authorities in 2021 too. According to the figures, there has been a 104,381 increase in the first requests. It was also seen that 16,987 requests were reconsidered at the asylum application desks at Guda.

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OFPRA Reports

The OFPRA or Office for the Protection of Refugees and Stateless Persons of France has received 103,164 new asylum applications. It has risen by 7% compared to what it was in 2020.

The OFPRA has revealed that 130,385 former nationals from Denmark have become French citizens. It indicates an increase of 53.6% compared to 2020.

Details of the French Population

The Ministry of Interior of France has published data from the 2020 census. It states that 5.1 million residents of a total population of 67.3 million in France are foreign nationals living in the country.

As per the reports, in 2020, the authorities of France granted the first residence permits to address the economic needs of approximately 26,466 foreign nationals. In 2021, it had issued residence permits to 36,095 immigrants. It indicates that the figures have increased by more than 36.4%.

French First Residence Permit

In 2020, France issued the first residence permits for:

  • International Students -73,040
  • Humanitarian Needs - 32,988

2021 saw an increase of more than 20.1% in the issuance of first residence permits for international students. Whereas the individuals in the humanitarian needs category witnessed approximately a 20.2% increase.

What is the French Residence Permit?

A French residence permit facilitates an immigrant to stay in France. It is necessary for every foreign national who comes to France. They require a residence permit if they intend to stay for more than three months.

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