Published: 14 May 2018
Last update: 22 March 2019
Last update No-deal Brexit Q & A: 22 March 2019
The United Kingdom (UK) is intending to leave the European Union (EU). This exit (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 content of this page will be updated in the event of new developments.
Do you currently have a right of residence in the Netherlands as a United Kingdom national, or as a 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 are no longer an EU citizen (or the family member of an EU citizen).
The EU and the UK are negotiating a withdrawal agreement (deal). On 13 November 2018, the UK and the EU reached a draft withdrawal agreement. This provides, for example, that you can continue to live and work in the Netherlands after Brexit. The agreement will only be final after approval by the British and European Parliament.
Your situation remains a top priority for the Dutch government. Consequently, the Netherlands will do its utmost to reach a deal with the UK. A deal scenario with good agreements is the best way to safeguard the interests of UK nationals.
You can find out more about the negotiation process and interim agreements on the website of the Dutch government. (See also links right to the websites of the British government and the European Commission. ) It is also possible that there will be no agreement (no deal). Both a deal and no deal affect your right of residence. However, Brexit does not affect your right of residence if you have Dutch citizenship. Are you in possession of a valid Dutch national residence permit on that date? Then Brexit will not affect your right of residence either, as long as your permit is valid.
After the transition period you will need a new national residence permit. You can obtain a residence permit if you meet the same residence conditions for residence that apply to EU citizens and have been invited to submit an application for this residence permit. With this residence permit you also have the right to work and study in the Netherlands. During the transition period you will receive an invitation by letter to apply for this national residence permit before 1 April 2020. These invitations will be sent in stages as in a deal situation.
In the week of 14 January 2019, you received an information letter from the IND about a no-deal Brexit. This states that:
Although it is not yet known if there will be a no-deal Brexit, from 13 March the IND will send out the temporary residence permit with an explanatory covering letter. In this way, the IND can guarantee that in the event of a no-deal Brexit, all UK nationals and their family members with a right of residence in the Netherlands who are registered in the Personal Records Database (BRP) will receive a temporary residence permit in time. The temporary residence permit and covering letter will be sent out over a period of two weeks.
This temporary residence permit is valid during the national transition period up to and including 30 June 2020. Please, therefore, keep this important document safe. You must be able to present it if asked to do so.
You can only use your temporary residence permit together with a valid passport. Any family members without EU/EER or Swiss nationality must also be able to present their (expired) EU residence document.
If you are employed, you need to give a copy of your temporary residence permit to your employer. Your employer needs this copy, together with a copy of your passport, to establish that you are entitled to work in the Netherlands.
Have you registered to receive digital post from the IND in your Message Box on MijnOverheid? Then you will also receive your temporary residence permit digitally. You can then download and print it.
During the transition period, the IND will send you an invitation letter to submit an application for a new national residence permit, by 1 April 2020 at the latest. The invitations will be sent out in stages during the transition period.
It is possible that you will not receive a temporary residence permit because your residence right is not affected by Brexit. This is the case if you hold a permanent Dutch national residence permit or also hold the nationality of an EU/EER country or Switzerland.
Do you have any questions about the temporary residence permit? Read our No-deal Brexit Q & A
Read the Q & As for more information on your residency in the event of a no-deal Brexit.
Cross border workers: are you a UK national or the family member of a UK national working in the Netherlands as a cross border worker on the date of Brexit? Do you wish to continue working in the Netherlands as a cross border worker after a no-deal Brexit? Then you can obtain a residence endorsement sticker in your passport (free of charge) at an IND-desk. With this sticker, you will be exempt from the requirement for a work permit (TWV) during the Dutch national transition period in the event of a no-deal Brexit
Please note that, at present, it is not yet possible to schedule an appointment for this sticker.
In order to obtain the residence endorsement sticker, you have to meet the following conditions:
You can find more information about existing residence possibilities in the Netherlands under the different purposes of stay on this website, like EU, Family, Work and Dutch citizenship. Please note that Brexit will take place shortly.
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.
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