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The rights of UK citizens in the Netherlands after Brexit

On 31 January 2020, the UK officially left the EU with a deal. The Withdrawal Agreement entered into force on 1 February 2020. There will be a transition period until 31 December 2020. During this period, EU law will still apply to matters concerning UK citizen’s rights.

Below, we provide an overview of the rights of UK citizens and their family members during and after the transition period.

Download our Brexit fact sheet here.

Application procedure and fees

Please submit your application for a residence document based on the Withdrawal Agreement within 4 weeks after you have received the invitation letter of IND. You can submit an online application. In most cases you can apply at the same time for your spouse or (registered) partner and your children under 18. If you cannot submit an online application, you can submit a written application. Which documents you need to submit depends on your purpose of residence in the Netherlands (work, study etc.).

After you have submitted your application, you will get confirmation of receipt from IND. Consequently, you must make an appointment with IND to submit your biometrics (passport, photo, signature). IND will take a decision on the application for a temporary residence document based on the Withdrawal Agreement within 6 months. The decision on an application for a permanent residence document under the Withdrawal Agreement will be issued within 90 days. If you are not entitled to a permanent residence permit, IND will automatically check whether you meet the conditions for a temporary residence permit.

If you receive a positive decision on your application, you can schedule an appointment online at the IND desk to collect your residence permit (usually you will receive an invitation letter within two weeks after the decision was issued). If your application has been rejected, you can appeal this decision.

The filing fees for the residence permit based on the Withdrawal Agreement are €58 for adults and €31 for children under the age of eighteen. The temporary residence document is valid for 5 years. The permanent residence permit is valid for 10 years. With these permits you are allowed to work in the Netherlands without a work permit (TWV). Please note: IND may revoke your permit if you apply for public funds. This does not apply if you already obtained a permanent residence permit.

We hope the information on our Brexit page was helpful. If you have any questions concerning your personal situation, please contact Mirjam den Besten or Hermie de Voer.

If you have any questions or require further information concerning your employees or your business, please contact Marcel Reurs or Bram van Melle.