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Dutch nationals returning after Brexit

You are Dutch and are currently living in the UK as an EU citizen. You would like to move back to the Netherlands with your partner after Brexit. On this page you can find out what the relevant provisions are and what you need to arrange.

Returning to the Netherlands with a British / non-EU partner on or after 1 January 2021

Your partner has UK nationality or the nationality of another country outside the EU. You can move to the Netherlands together, also if your partner has not lived here before. What if your partner is not a UK national but a national from another non-EU country? Then your partner must apply for (free) visa facilitation to travel to the Netherlands. 


The most important provisions are:

  • You lived in the UK before or on 31 December 2020.
  • You and your partner were living together as a family before or on 31 December 2020. You will also continue to live together as a family.
  • You and your partner lived together in the UK for at least 3 months in a row.
  • You and your partner lived together for these 3 months under the EU provisions for freedom of movement.
  • You and your partner can lose the EU rights you have built up. This is if you lived outside the UK and the EU for longer than 6 months.

By living in the UK (or an EU country other than the Netherlands) you have built up EU rights. These give your partner the right to live in the Netherlands. To live in the Netherlands, your partner needs to apply for a residence document verification against EU law.

Returning to the Netherlands with a partner from the EU, EEA or Switzerland

Your partner can move to the Netherlands under EU law. Your partner only needs a valid passport or identity card.

What you need to arrange for your return to the Netherlands 

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