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​14 December 2020

This is the latest Brexit newsletter for British citizens living in the Netherlands. It is issued by the Dutch Immigration and Naturalisation Service (IND) in English. Subsequent issues will be published when there is more news. Previous newsletters are available from the archive below. It is not currently possible to receive this newsletter by e-mail.

These are difficult and uncertain times as a result of the coronavirus crisis. It is important to stay in touch with us if you are unable to submit your application for a residence document on time. Our Brexit line is happy to help you with any questions you have about your application: +31 (0)88 04 30410. This line can be reached from Monday to Friday from 9:00 to 17:00.

In this edition:

Minister for Migration visits Brexit team

On 8 December 2020, Ankie Broekers-Knol, Minister for Migration, paid a virtual work visit to the IND’s Brexit team. IND staff on the team are working hard to decide on the residence applications submitted by UK nationals living in the Netherlands by 31 December 2020. That is when the post-Brexit transition period ends.

The Minister spoke to staff members about this challenge. One staff member explained about the proactive approach being taken to reach the less than 100 Brits aged 75 and over who are living in the Netherlands. “This small group has still not submitted an application,” he explained. “The IND can really make the difference for this group.” 

At the end of the work visit, Patricia Tarrant representing British in the Netherlands took part in the online meeting. Patricia explained about her own Brexit application and how she is helping other Brits living here. “Brexit is a huge project for the IND which is going really well. At the moment, around 80% of UK nationals living in the Netherlands have received their residence document. The IND is doing really well, particularly in view of the pressure on it from other tasks.”

Essential travel abroad 

More information for frontier workers in our updated Brexit Q&As

Check our updated Brexit Q&As. They also include a new section for frontier workers (cross-border commuters). As notified in our October newsletter, UK nationals living in the UK or another country who work in the Netherlands will need a frontier worker’s document. They can use it to prove they are entitled to work in the Netherlands starting on 1 January 2021. This applies to Brits who are employed by a Dutch employer, or who are self-employed and their business is registered at the Netherland's Chamber of Commerce. Apply for a frontier worker’s document under the WA on our web page about frontier workers after Brexit. 

Watch our film about taking biometrics

To prepare your residence document, the IND needs your biometrics. Having your biometrics taken means providing your signature and having your photo and fingerprints taken. Would you like to know how we take your biometrics? Or perhaps you would like to know more about the coronavirus measures in place at the IND desks? Visit our biometrics web page and watch our film  about biometrics (in Dutch with English subtitles).

Date for home delivery of your residence document or frontier worker’s document by the IPKD extended 

Since August, the IPKD has been delivering residence documents to UK nationals and their family members at home. The government courier will now continue to deliver residence documents to Brits at their home address in the Netherlands until the end of March 2021. Originally this service was to be provided until the end of this year. Find out more about home delivery of your residence document. The IPKD is also delivering frontier workers’ documents to UK nationals working in the Netherlands in the same way.

UK nationals with permanent EU residence document have been offered a new residence document

In addition, all 5,587 UK nationals who had permanent EU residency (EU duurzaam verblijf) have now been invited to exchange their residence document for a new permanent residence document.

Around 6,000 Brits still to apply for residency

The IND estimates that around 6,000 UK nationals still have to submit their application for residency. In our October newsletter, we asked you to help Brits in need to arrange their residency in time. Starting on 1 January 2021, all UK nationals must be able to prove that they are entitled to live in the Netherlands. You can easily do this with your residence document. For example, you can use it to apply for health insurance. Under the Withdrawal Agreement, applications can be submitted up to and including 30 June 2021 at the very latest. Do you, or someone you know, have not already submitted an application for residency? Then, we advise you to apply online as soon as possible on our Brexit website.