Published: 14 May 2018
Last update: 30 January 2020
A deal has been reached: the United Kingdom (UK) will leave the European Union (EU) on 31 January 2020 (at midnight Central European Time). From then on, the provisions of the Withdrawal Agreement apply, such as the transition period up to and including 31 December 2020. During this period, you can continue to live, work and study in the Netherlands. Find out more about how Brexit affects you and what you can do now on this page.
The IND is sending a general information letter about the consequences of Brexit with a deal to around 45,000 UK nationals living in the Netherlands. Read the IND's news article of 30 January 2020. This website will be given a new layout on Monday, 3 February. Until then, the information on this page remains up-to-date.
The IND has produced two animations with information about what Brexit means for you as a UK national living in the Netherlands. The animations explain what you can do now to prepare to arrange your residence in the Netherlands after Brexit.
Brexit changes your right of residence unless:
After Brexit you can continue to live, work and study in the Netherlands during the transition period. This also applies if you come to live in the Netherlands during the transition period. After the transition period you will need a (new) residence document. Read about the approach that applies below.
From 1 February 2020, there will be a transition period up to and including 31 December 2020. During this period you may continue to live, work and study in the Netherlands. You do not need a residence document. You just need a valid passport. Did you receive a temporary residence permit from the IND in March or October 2019? It is only valid if there is no deal. As a result of the Brexit deal, you do not need the temporary residence permit anymore. You do not need to keep it or send it back to the IND.
Are you a UK national or the family member of a UK national travelling to the Netherlands to live here after the transition period? Then you also come under the provisions of the Withdrawal Agreement. Make sure that the Dutch government can contact you. Find out below what you can do.
Because Brexit will affect your residence rights, you have to arrange your residence after Brexit. That is why throughout the transition period, the IND will send a letter to around 45,000 UK nationals and their family members (with or without EU, EEA or Swiss nationality) who are registered in the BRP at their town hall. It is important that your details in the BRP are correct.
In this letter, the IND will invite you to submit an application for residence after the transition period. If your application is approved you will receive a (new) residence document. This document is a proof of your right of residence. You will need it to continue to live, work and study in the Netherlands after the transition period.
Certain conditions apply. If you fulfil them, you can obtain a residence document. Find out which conditions apply.
The IND will send out these applications in stages to ensure that every application is processed carefully and promptly. It is not possible for all UK nationals to submit an application at the same time. It could lead to possible delays in your application.
An application for a (new) residence document costs the same as the application for permanent residence as an EU citizen: € 58 for adults and € 31 for children under 18.
Do you already have a valid EU residence document (duurzaam verblijf)? Then you will also need a new residence document. The IND will invite you by letter to come and exchange your current document for a new residence document free of charge. The letter will explain what you need to do.
View the diagram below for the different steps in the application process.
During the transition period after Brexit, the IND will send out letters to around 45,000 UK nationals and their family members to apply for a new residence document. These invitations will be sent out in batches spread across the entire transition period and afterwards.
Once the IND has started sending out these letters, you will be able to see on the calendar below which letters have already been sent and which still have to be sent. This calendar will be regularly updated.
Read the Q & As for Brexit with a deal.
You are a cross border worker if you live outside the Netherlands and work in the Netherlands. You travel back to your country of residence on average once a week.
Are you a UK national or the family member of a UK national travelling to live in the Netherlands after 31 December 2020 for a reason other than family reunification under the Withdrawal Agreement? Other provisions apply for you to be able to live in the Netherlands. You can find more information on the IND website under the different residence purposes, like EU, Family, Work and Dutch citizenship.
Do you have any questions about your right of residence? Call the IND Brexit information line: +31 (0)88 04 30410. This number can be reached from Monday to Friday from 9:00 to 17:00.
On Government.nl you can find more information on other topics that may be relevant to you.
Immigration and Naturalisation Service
Employee Insurance Agency (UWV)
Brexit website UWV (Dutch only)