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​6 September 2021

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 up to and including 30 September 2021.

In this edition:


Final call to last Brits to apply for residency after Brexit

On 3 September the IND will start to send a final reminder letter to nearly 2,000 UK nationals and their family members. They are a small, remaining group of Brits living in the Netherlands who may have not yet arranged their residency under the Withdrawal Agreement (WA). The IND has already contacted Brits and their family members on several occasions. If this applies to you, you must apply for residency by 30 September 2021. If you do not apply in time, you will lose your legal residency.

Eligible now for permanent residency under WA? Apply for it asap 

If you are eligible for permanent residency under the WA, you do not have to wait for your temporary residence document to expire. Apply for permanent residency as soon as you have been living in the Netherlands for 5 years in a row and meet all other requirements. Read the full conditions and apply now on our website about permanent residency after Brexit.

Final Brexit stats: 99% of residency applications granted

With the latest figures below, we look back at what has been achieved since 1 February 2020 when the IND invited the first Brits to arrange their residency in the Netherlands after Brexit. On 1 October the final grace period to apply for residency under the WA expires. This means that the period in which British citizens and their family members could apply for residency in this country under the WA will come to an end.

  • 38,707 applications submitted
  • 38,436 positive decisions (99%)
  • 22,682 temporary residence documents issued
  • 15,754 permanent residence documents issued
  • Around 2,000 registered Brits may not yet have applied for residency
  • 850 positive decisions on applications for a WA frontier worker's document (since November 2020)

Fees soon payable on applications for WA frontier worker’s document

From 1 October applications for a frontier worker’s document under the WA will cost 64 Euros. Until now these documents have been free of charge. UK nationals living abroad and working in the Netherlands before 1 January 2021 can apply for a document to continue working in the Netherlands under the WA. Find out more and apply online for a frontier worker’s document under the WA on our website.