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Family reunification after Brexit

Your family members want to join you in the Netherlands for family reunification under the Brexit Withdrawal Agreement. Find out what the conditions are and how to apply for family reunification. 

Family members who may come to the Netherlands for family reunification 

  • Married or registered partner.
  • Unmarried partner with whom you have an existing, long-term relationship.
  • (Grand)child aged under 21.
  • Parent who is financially dependent on you. Financially dependent means your family member regularly receives money from you (for example, monthly). Only with this income your parent can cover the basic needs ( for example, rent, food and drink). 
  • (Grand)child over 21 who is financially dependent on you.
  • Grandparent who is financially dependent on you.
  • Another family member who lives with you or is financially dependent or medically dependent on you. Your family member must already be or have asked for entry in the Netherlands before 1 January 2021. Medically dependent means your family member needs your personal care because of serious health problems. Only you can provide this care.

Conditions for family reunification under the Withdrawal Agreement

  • You have a residence document under the Withdrawal Agreement.
  • You already had the relationship with your family member before 1 January 2021.
  • Your family member has a valid passport.
  • Your family member is not a threat to the public order. Public order is peace and order on the street and in public spaces.
  • The application for family reunification is submitted:
    • on time within 3 months of your family member’s arrival in the Netherlands; or
    • under the flexible policy of the Dutch government for late applications, by the latest 30 September 2022.

NB 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  (has) 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. After arriving in the Netherlands, they apply for residency as quickly as possible. You can also apply on behalf of your family members. When the IND receives your application, we will send your family members a letter (receipt of acknowledgment). The letter states that you have applied for residency. Afterwards your family members can register in the BRP. It is not possible to ask for a residence sticker as evidence of your application.

  • 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. Visit Netherlandswordwide.nl for more information about facilitation visas. 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, your family members submit an application for a residence document as soon as possible. You can submit the application on behalf of your family. Has the IND received the application? Then your family members will receive a letter from us (acknowledgement of receipt). After that you family members can register in the BRP. It is not possible to apply for a sticker at the IND as a proof of the submitted application.

  • 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.