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British citizens in the Netherlands who have not yet applied for a Brexit residence document have until 1 October 2021 to do so. As of that date, the government will end the so-called grace period. Working and staying in the Netherlands without the residence document is then no longer lawful.
The end of the grace period means that after 1 October 2021, Britons automatically accrue unlawful presence if they have not applied for a Brexit residence document. The consequences of which are far-reaching. Examples include loss of benefits, subsidies, permits, and work. It is also no longer possible, when staying in the Netherlands illegally, to have health insurance, receive allowances, or take out a mortgage
The government opts for a flexible policy for British citizens between 1 October 2021 and 1 October 2022. During this year, the IND can still assess late applications and grant a Brexit residence document. As a result, the unlawful presence becomes - with retroactive effect - lawful. In the meantime, however, the societal consequences and those as regards the residency status are of such impact that it is crucial not to end up in that situation.
End of flexible policy
As of 1 October 2022, the government's flexible policy ends. From that moment on, Britons without a Brexit residence document will be treated the same as other third-country nationals. The government only makes an exception for minors who apply for a Brexit residence 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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