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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. 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 

  • 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. Medically dependent means your family member needs your personal care because of serious health problems. You are the only person who can provide this care.
N.B. The family relationship with your family members must already exist before 1 January 2021.

Conditions for family reunification under the Withdrawal Agreement

  • 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. Public order is peace and order on the street and in public spaces.

N.B. 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. Then they go in person to register in the Personal Records Database (Basisregistratie Personen or BRP) at your town hall. Everyone who stays for over 4 months in the Netherlands is required to register. Your family members then submit an application for a residence document as soon as possible. Until August 2020, the IND sent an letter to all registered UK nationals and their family members living in the Netherlands inviting them to submit an application. Family members coming to the Netherlands from now on, will no longer receive an invitation.

  • 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, you submit an (online) application for a residence document for yourself and for your family members. Applying on time secures legal residency in the Netherlands. Has the IND received the application from you and your family members? Then you will receive a letter from us (acknowledgement of receipt). This letter says that you have submitted an application for a residence document. 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 your 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.