The United Kingdom left the European Union on 31 January 2020. This had significant consequences for tens of thousands of British residents in the Netherlands. The IND came into action and arranged a unique Brexit line, newsletter, and residence permit, among other things.

Grace period

To continue living, working, and studying in the Netherlands, the British nationals concerned had to apply for a special residence permit after Brexit. They had until 1 October 2021 to do so. On that date, the so-called grace period ended. The end of that period meant that people who had not yet applied for a Brexit residence document were given an illegal residence status, with its consequences. Examples include loss of benefits, subsidies, permits and work. It was (and is) also no longer possible for them to have health insurance, receive allowances, or take out a mortgage. 

Brexit residence permits: the facts and figures

Since February 2020, the IND has processed around 40,000 applications for Brexit residence permits. As the British nationals generally already resided legally in the Netherlands, their applications for a residence document were relatively easy to assess. 
The IND cooperated closely with various organisations and government agencies to reach as many British nationals in the Netherlands as possible. Quite a few British nationals also offered their help, among whom several contacts from the organisation "British in Europe". They helped with checking forms, drafting letters and social media, among other things. 

IND and Brexit

Brexit coincided with the corona pandemic. These two events caused the IND to opt for a number of new working methods. In August 2020, for example, we started home delivery of residence documents. The Interdepartmental Postal and Courier Service collected all the documents from the IND, registered them in the computer system, and delivered them to the homes of British nationals. The IND scored good marks for this in the Good Practice Awards of the Network of Public Service Providers, for originality, topicality, and applicability to other organisations among other things. 

British nationals without a residence permit

About a thousand British nationals in the Netherlands have not yet applied for the new residence permit. Although the application period has expired, the IND still wants to help them. Therefore, the British nationals can still apply for their required documents until 1 October 2022. After the IND grants the application, they will then retroactively become eligible again for insurance, benefits, and permits, among other things. 

End of flexible Brexit policy

The flexible policy ends on 1 October 2022. From that moment on, British nationals without a Brexit residence document will be treated the same as other third-country nationals. Exemptions will be granted only to minors who apply for a Brexit document as soon as they turn 18. In this way, any negligence on the part of parents will not be borne by the children. 

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