You have been living in the Netherlands for over 5 years consecutively. You are a United Kingdom (UK) national or the family member of a UK national. During the transition period, you live in the Netherlands under the provisions of the Withdrawal Agreement. Apply for permanent residency after Brexit below as soon as possible, preferably before 31 December 2020. The sooner you submit your application, the sooner you will receive a residence document. You can use your residence document to easily show that you have a right of residence in the Netherlands from 1 January 2021.
N.B. Different process for UK nationals with EU duurzaam verblijf. Do you currently have a residence document for permanent residence as an EU citizen in the Netherlands (EU duurzaam verblijf)? Under the Withdrawal Agreement, you will also need a new residence document to continue living here after 31 December 2020. However, you do not need to submit an online application on this website. Find out more about the process that applies to you on our general information page about Living in the Netherlands after Brexit and in our Q & As Brexit with a deal.
You can submit this application online. The main applicant must be a UK national. You can apply at the same time for your spouse or (registered) partner and your children under 18.
N.B. Dutch nationals cannot apply for their British spouse, partner or children. You can of course help your British family member(s) to complete the form online. Your British family member may need to provide information about your income to support their application.
Use the apply button below to start the online application.
In these circumstances you may have to submit a written application:
Find out more under Application forms and costs below.
Conditions are legal requirements. Check the conditions by clicking this link:
Before starting your online application, make sure that you have all the following. You can submit an application at the same time for other family members. Make sure you also have their documents.
The online application explains which documents you need to upload. Which documents you need to present depends on your purpose of residence in the Netherlands:
To assess your application, the IND can look up a lot of information about for example your income. If this is not possible, we will contact you to ask you for documents so we can assess your application.
The following documents must be uploaded for everyone for whom an application is submitted:
Additional documents are required depending on the reason for your residency in the Netherlands, such as:
The online application explains which documents to upload in each case.
All official foreign documents must be legalised and translated into Dutch, English, French or German. For more information about legalisation requirements for documents by country visit https://www.netherlandsworldwide.nl. Or you can call the Public Information Service on 1400.
This application costs €58.
The cost for children under 18 is €31.
Click on the apply online button above to submit your application. You need to pay the fee at the same time. You will immediately receive a message by email. This is proof of your online application.
Would you like to submit a written application? Download the application form below. Send the completed application form and documents to the IND by post. When the IND receives your application, you will receive a letter from the IND. This letter will explain how you can pay for the application.
After your application has been received, the IND will send you a letter. This is an acknowledgment of receipt. The letter states the date on which the IND received your application. It also states the legal decision period. This is the period within which the IND has to decide on your application.
Have you received the acknowledgment of receipt? Then make an appointment online as soon as possible to have your biometric data taken. Without your biometrics, the IND cannot prepare your residence document.
The IND will then check to see if your application is complete. Are any documents missing or incorrect? Then the IND will send you a request to rectify the omission. This letter lists the documents that you still need to send to the IND. Send them before the date indicated. You can also upload the required documents via the Apply button on the IND website's home page.
Follow the status of your application in My IND. Did you also register to receive messages from the IND digitally in your Message Box (Berichtenbox) on mijn.overheid.nl? And did you provide your e-mail address? Than you will receive an e-mail when you have new mail from the IND.
The IND checks whether you meet all the necessary conditions.
The IND has to take a decision within a period of 90 days.
If you do not meet the conditions, you will not receive a permanent residence permit. This decision is given in the formal decision. The IND sends the decision to you. You can register an objection to the decision.
If you are not entitled to a permanent residence permit, the IND will automatically check whether you meet the conditions for a temporary residence permit. You do not have to submit a separate application for this.
If you meet all the conditions, you will be given a residence permit. You will receive a letter from the IND advising how and where you can collect your residence document.
Please, use this form for the application for a Permanent residence document Withdrawal Agreement for UK nationals and family members.
The application form lists the documents that you have to enclose with the application.
You have to have official foreign documents legalised and translated into Dutch, English, French or German.
How to send documents to the IND:
This application costs €58.
The cost for children under 18 is €31.
The IND aims to have your residence document ready within 2 weeks following the positive decision. After that, the IPKD (Interdepartementale Post- en Koeriersdienst) will deliver your residence document at home.
You can use your residence document to show that you may live permanently in the Netherlands (duurzaam verblijf). Your residence document is valid for 10 years. After 10 years you have to renew your residence document.
The back of your residence document states whether you may work in the Netherlands. Your employer does not need a TWV for you. Your residence document states arbeid vrij toegestaan, TWV niet vereist (work permitted free from restrictions, work permit not required).
Having a permanent residence document means you have almost the same rights as someone with Dutch nationality. The main differences are that you are not allowed to vote in national elections and you are not allowed to work in specific (government) fields, such as the police or the army. For this, you first have to apply for Dutch nationality.
Has your residence document been damaged, lost or stolen? In that case, have the residence document replaced.
Will your permanent residence permit expire soon? You can apply for a renewal.
After having had a residence permit for a period of 5 years, you can apply for Dutch citizenship.
Nowadays you can arrange many things yourself on government websites. With DigiD you log in to your personal account on government websites. Your DigiD consists of a username and password that you both choose yourself. Don't have a DigiD yet? Request this on www.digid.nl.
To apply for a residence permit online you need to have a DigiD with SMS code. After logging in with your DigiD you will receive an SMS with a code. You will have to fill out this code as well to get access to the online application forms.
Do you have a DigiD but no SMS code verification? Please go to Mijn DigiD and log in. Choose 'Extra sms-controle aanvragen' and enter your mobile phone number. Within 5 days you receive a letter with an activation code. Activate the sms control functionality on the website of DigiD with this activation code.
A TWV is a work permit. The employer applies for a TWV with UWV (Netherlands Employees Insurance Agency). UWV examines among other things if there is no employee with the Dutch, EU/EEA or Swiss nationality that is qualified for the job.