Although is expected that Brexit will be extended, the IND has still started to send out temporary residence permits to UK nationals and their family members who did not receive one in March 2019 or who registered in the Personal Records Database (Basisregistratie Personen or BRP) at the town hall where they live after 29 March 2019.
The possibility of the UK leaving the EU on 31 October 2019 without a deal can still not be ruled out 100%. By sending out these temporary residence permits, the IND wishes to guarantee the residence rights of UK nationals and their family members living in our country in the event of a no-deal Brexit in a timely manner and to provide them with security. UK nationals need this residence permit if at some point the United Kingdom (UK) leaves the EU without a deal (no-deal Brexit).
These temporary residence permits will be valid in the Netherlands during the national transition period after a no-deal Brexit up to and including 31 January 2021.
Many UK nationals and their family members who are registered in the BRP already received a temporary residence permit before 29 March. This permit is still valid up to and including 30 June 2020. If it is certain that there will be a no-deal Brexit, the IND will again send these UK nationals and their family members a temporary residence permit with an expiry date of 31 January 2021.
Temporary residence permit might still be needed, so keep it safe
If the date of Brexit is extended, it is still possible that a deal cannot be reached. Therefore, it is important that in the event of an extension, UK nationals keep their temporary residence permit safe. If it is certain that Brexit will be extended, the IND will keep UK nationals updated with the latest developments. During an extension up until the date of an eventual Brexit, UK nationals will in any event continue to retain the right to freedom of movement and residence.
In the event of a deal, the temporary residence permit is not needed. In that case, UK nationals and their family members will continue to derive their residence right directly from the right to freedom of movement and residence.
Using the temporary residence permit
UK nationals and their family members can use the temporary residence permit to demonstrate that they are entitled to live, work and study in the Netherlands after a no-deal Brexit. The permit can only be used in combination with a valid passport. UK nationals and their family members need the temporary residence permit when travelling to and from the Netherlands, in order to demonstrate that they have lawful residence in the Netherlands.
Who does not need a temporary residence permit?
UK nationals and their family members who have a Dutch permanent national residence permit, or who, in addition to their UK nationality, also hold the nationality of another EU / EEA country or Switzerland, will not receive a temporary residence permit because they do not need it. Brexit has no influence on their right of residence in the Netherlands.
Do you have any questions?
For more information including the content of the temporary residence permit and covering letter and to view our animations, visit ind.nl/Brexit.