Published: 14 May 2018
Last update: 14 January 2020
The United Kingdom (UK) is intending to leave the European Union (EU) by 31 January 2020 at the latest. This withdrawal (Brexit) has consequences for most United Kingdom nationals and their family members who wish to continue living in the Netherlands. On this page you can read more about these consequences and what you can do now.
The EU and the UK have negotiated a draft withdrawal agreement (deal). This provides, for example, that you can continue to live and work in the Netherlands after Brexit. On 17 October 2019, the EU and the UK reached an agreement on Brexit. This agreement can only enter into force after both the UK parliament and the European Parliament have approved it. This is expected this January. Brexit with a deal will only be certain if the agreement has been definitively approved. The IND is prepared for both a deal and no deal. You can find out more information about the negotiation process and interim agreements on Government.nl/Brexit.
The IND has produced two animations with information about what Brexit means for you as a UK national living in the Netherlands. The animations explain what you can do now to prepare to arrange your residence in the Netherlands after Brexit.
Do you currently have a right of residence in the Netherlands as a United Kingdom national, or as the family member of a United Kingdom national? Will your situation stay the same after Brexit? You will retain your right of residence up to Brexit. After that, you will no longer be an EU citizen (or the family member of an EU citizen). Brexit therefore affects your residence rights. Brexit will not affect your residence rights if:
After Brexit you can continue to live, work and study in the Netherlands. After the transition period you will need a (new) residence document for this. To obtain a residence document after Brexit, certain rules apply. Find out below which rules apply.
After the date of Brexit there will be a transition period from 1 February 2020 up to and including 31 December 2020. During this period you will retain your existing rights. You do not need a residence document. You only need a valid passport. Did you receive a temporary residence permit from the IND in March or October 2019? It is only valid if there is no deal. Since a deal is expected, you do not need it.
Because Brexit will affect your residence rights, you have to arrange your residence after Brexit. That is why throughout the transition period, the IND will send a letter to around 45,000 UK nationals and their family members (with or without EU/EEA or Swiss nationality) who are registered in the BRP at their town hall. It is important that your details in the BRP are correct.
In this letter, the IND will invite you to submit an application for residence after the transition period. If your application is approved you will receive a (new) residence document. This document is a proof of your residence rights. You will need it to continue to live, work and study in the Netherlands after the transition period.
Certain conditions apply. If you fulfil them, you can obtain a residence document. Find out which conditions apply.
The IND will send out these applications in stages to ensure that every application is processed carefully and promptly. It is not possible for all UK nationals to submit an application at the same time. It could lead to possible delays in your application.
An application for a (new) residence document costs the same as the application for permanent residence as an EU citizen: € 58 for adults and € 31 for children under 18.
Do you already have a valid EU residence document (duurzaam verblijf)? Then you will also need a new residence document. The IND will invite you by letter to come and exchange your current document for a new residence document free of charge. The letter will explain what you need to do.
In the diagram below, you can see the different steps in the application process.
During the transition period after Brexit, the IND will send out letters to around 45,000 UK nationals and their family members to apply for a new residence document. These invitations will be sent out in batches spread across the entire transition period.
Once the IND has started sending out these letters, you will be able to see on the calendar below which letters have already been sent and which still have to be sent. This calendar will be regularly updated.
You are a cross border worker if you live outside the Netherlands and work in the Netherlands. You travel back to your country of residence on average once a week.
Do you have any questions about your right of residence? Call the IND Brexit information line: +31 (0)88 04 30410. This number can be reached from Monday to Friday from 9:00 to 17:00.
On Government.nl you can find more information on other topics that may be relevant to you.
Immigration and Naturalisation Service
Conditions for definite residence after BrexitNo-deal Brexit Q & A
Brexit newsletterInformation letter UK nationals with permanent residence permitInformation letter UK nationals with no permanent residence permit
Employee Insurance Agency (UWV)
Brexit website UWV (Dutch only)