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Family reunification after Brexit

Are you are a UK national living in the Netherlands and would you like your family member(s) living abroad to come and join you in the Netherlands for family reunification after 31 January 2020? Family reunification is possible under the Withdrawal Agreement if you yourself came to live in the Netherlands before 1 January 2021. Your family members travel to the Netherlands under the applicable provisions during or after the transition period. It is possible that they first need to apply for a facilitation visa. You can apply for a residence document for your family members after they enter the Netherlands.

Family members who may come to the Netherlands for family reunification 

Conditions for family reunification during transition period

  • Your family member has a valid passport.

Conditions for family reunification after the transition period

  • You have a residence document under the Withdrawal Agreement.
  • Your family member has a valid passport.
  • You already had the relationship with your family member before 1 January 2021.
  • Your family member is not a threat to the public order.

Have you had a child or have you adopted a child after 31 December 2020? Your child will receive a residence document under the Withdrawal Agreement if you submit an application. This is only possible if you or the other parent already have a residence document under the Withdrawal Agreement.

Family members travelling to the Netherlands now 

  • Family members with UK nationality

First your family members travel to the Netherlands. Then they go in person to register in the Personal Records Database (Basisregistratie Personen or BRP) at your town hall. Your family members then wait for an invitation to the IND to submit an application for a residence document.

  • Family members without EU, EEA or Swiss nationality

Your family members without EU, EEA or Swiss nationality travel to the Netherlands under the relevant provisions. It is possible that they first need to request a facilitation visa.

You can find out more about facilitation visas on the the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, The Netherlands and you. Information about travelling to join a family member with EU, EEA or Swiss nationality also applies to UK nationals in the Netherlands who come under the Withdrawal Agreement.

After arriving in the Netherlands, you submit an online application for a residence document for yourself and for your family members. In this case you do not need to wait for an invitation letter from the IND. After the IND has received the application from you and your family members, your family members can make an appointment to have a sticker placed in their passport by calling the Brexit line. This is proof that your family member has submitted an application. As soon as your family members have this sticker in their passport, they can register in the BRP.

  • Family members with EU, EEA or Swiss nationality

Your family members do not need a residence document or residence permit to live and work in the Netherlands. They do not need to report to the IND.

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Brexit website

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Temporary residence permit

Apply for a temporary residence permit for your family member

facilitation visa

​If you have a visa-required nationality, you can only travel to the Netherlands with a visa. This is called a facilitation visa.

You can apply for this visa free of charge at the Dutch embassy or consulate in the country where you live. There you can ask any questions that you may have. When you apply for the visa, explain that you wish to live with a UK family member in the Netherlands. You also need to provide documents showing that you are a family member (birth or marriage certificate).

financially dependent

​In the country of origin or earlier residence your family member regularly received money from you (for example, monthly). Your family member could only cover his/hers basic needs thanks to this income ( for example, rent, food and drink).

medically dependent

​Your family member needs your personal care because of serious health problems. You are the only person who can provide this care.

Public order

Public order is peace and order on the street and in public spaces. The government organises and controls this peace and order in society. Someone who is a danger to the public order is someone who disrupts this order, for example, someone who commits an offence. The IND therefore checks whether an individual has any registered convictions. We also check whether that person is currently a serious threat to society.