On 31 January 2020, the United Kingdom (UK) left the European Union (EU) with a deal. The agreements made are set out in the Withdrawal Agreement. You are a UK national or the family member of a UK national and you wish to (continue) to live in the Netherlands. This page provides an overview of what you need to do to arrange your residency after Brexit. Different provisions apply depending on when you arrive(d) in the Netherlands and for how long you have been living here.
You are a UK national or the family member of a UK national. You come under the Withdrawal Agreement if one of the following situations applies to you:
As a result of the Withdrawal Agreement (WA), Brexit will not change your current situation in 2020. A transition period now applies starting on 1 February 2020 up to and including 31 December 2020. During this period you can continue to live, work and study in the Netherlands. You do not need a residence document, just a valid passport.
As a result of Brexit your right of residence has changed. You are no longer an EU citizen. You will need a residence document to continue to live in the Netherlands after the transition period. You may not need a residence document if Brexit does not affect your right of residence.
The Dutch government wants to provide a decent solution for all British nationals who wish to continue living in the Netherlands after the transition period. The IND is working to ensure that, as far as possible, you and your family members receive a residence document before the end of 2020. Have you not yet submitted an application? Then, to arrange your residency we advise you to submit your online application as soon as possible and by 31 December 2020. The sooner you submit your application, the sooner you will receive a decision and your residence document. You can then use your residence document to easily show that you have a right of residence in the Netherlands starting on 1 January 2021. The WA offers the possibility to apply for residency up to and including 30 June 2021.
There are two sorts of Withdrawal Agreement residence documents. How long you have lived in the Netherlands determines which sort of residence document you should apply for.
The diagram below provides an overview of the different steps in the application process. More information is provided on the pages for applying for a residence document.
Certain conditions apply for you to receive a residence document. These are the same conditions that already currently apply for you to be allowed to live in the Netherlands. You can find out what the conditions are on the pages for applying for a residence document.
An application for a residence document costs the same as the application for permanent residence as an EU citizen: €58 for adults and €31 for children under 18.
Watch the animation and read the information below (available in English only).
Are you a UK national or the family member of a UK national? Do you have a permanent EU residence document issued in the Netherlands? Then you need to exchange this residence document for a new permanent residence document. As a result of Brexit you can no longer use your current residence document. UK nationals are no longer EU citizens. Exchanging your document is free. With your new document you can easily prove that you are allowed to continue to live, work and study in the Netherlands in 2021 and beyond.
You do not need to submit an online application. The IND is already aware of your situation because we previously checked whether you met the conditions for permanent residence (duurzaam verblijf). From the first week of June, the IND will, on its own initiative, check your situation again, and decide whether you will receive a new residence document after Brexit or not.
If you are not a threat to the public order and have not lived outside the Netherlands for more than 5 years consecutively, then your situation is in order. You will receive a letter from the IND from the first week of June. This will explain what you now need to do to exchange your current residence document for a new residence document, free of charge.
If your situation is not in order, you will receive a letter from the IND stating that you do not currently meet the conditions. You will have the opportunity to respond and to prove that you do.
The infographic below shows the status of applications for residence documents from UK nationals after Brexit. Every month we will publish the latest stats. From February up to and including October 2020, the IND:
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Here you can ask your questions about your right of residence. The Brexit information line can be reached from Monday to Friday from 9:00 to 17:00.
Immigration and Naturalisation Service
Employee Insurance Agency (UWV)
UWV Brexit website (Dutch only)
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.