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The rights of British citizens in the Netherlands after Brexit in case of an agreement

Note: The UK and the EU have agreed on a 6-month delay, shifting the deadline from 29 March to 31 October 2019.

Read more to find an overview of the rights of British citizens and their family members in the Netherlands in case the EU and the UK reach a withdrawal agreement.

You are a British citizen or family member of a British citizen and legally reside, work and/or study in the Netherlands before 31 October 2019

There will be a national transition period from the date of Brexit until 31 January 2021. During the transition period, you will keep your rights of residence, employment and/or study if you continue to meet the conditions of residence that apply to EU citizens.

  • Employees or self-employed must continue to be employed or self-employed.
  • Economically inactives must have sufficient resources not to become a burden on the social assistance system of the Netherlands and a comprehensive health insurance coverage.
  • Students must be enrolled with a recognized private or public educational institution accredited or financed by the Dutch government, and have sufficient resources not to become a burden on the social assistance system of the Netherlands as well as a comprehensive health insurance coverage.

(Non-)EU family members as defined in EU law must stay with a British citizen who complies with one of the above conditions.

During the transition period, you do not need to hold a permit or letter. You must however be correctly registered in the Personal Records Database (BRP) and be able to identify yourself (hold a valid passport).

After 31 December 2020 you do need a residence permit in order to legally stay in the Netherlands (see application procedure).

After 5 years of legal residence in the Netherlands you can obtain a permanent residence permit under the same conditions as EU-citizens.

You are a British citizen or family member of a British citizen and hold an EU permanent residence permit before 31 October 2019

IND will automatically change your EU permanent residence permit into a national permanent residence permit after the transition period. You do not need to file an application or pay any fees. IND will inform you as soon as your national permanent residence permit is ready for collection.

You are a British citizen or family member of a British citizen and hold a national temporary residence permit before 31 October 2019

A national temporary residence permit is for example a highly skilled migrant permit. This permit allows you to stay in the Netherlands after Brexit for the duration of its validity, as long as you meet the conditions.

You may also choose to apply for a residence permit to keep your rights of residence, employment, and/or study in the Netherlands as a (family member of a) British citizen after the transition period (see above). You will receive an invitation letter from IND between 29 March 2019 and 31 December 2020. It is up to you to decide if you want to make the application.

You are a British citizen or family member of a British citizen and hold a national permanent residence permit before 31 October 2019

You don’t need to do anything. Brexit will have no impact on your right of residence. Your residence document is valid for 5 years. You can apply for a new permanent residence document before (or even after) the expiration date.

You are a British citizen or family member of a British citizen and hold another EU-nationality

There are no changes for you. You will keep your right of residence as an EU-citizen after Brexit if you continue to meet the requirements laid down in EU law. You do not need to apply for a national residence permit.

Application procedure and fees

You will receive an invitation letter from IND between 29 March 2019 and 31 December 2020. IND recommends submitting your application only after you have received this letter. In preparation, please make sure that you are correctly registered in the Personal Records Database (BRP) of your municipality, otherwise you may not receive an invitation. The public handling fee for the national residence permit is the same fee which applies to EU-citizens (currently € 57).

British citizens and their family members who come to the Netherlands to reside, work and/or study after 31 October 2019

You will have a right of residence, employment and/or study during the national transition period (from the date of Brexit until 31 January 2021) if you meet the conditions of residence that apply to EU-citizens (see above).

After 31 January 2021 you will need a residence permit in order to reside legally in the Netherlands (see application procedure).

If you have any questions concerning your personal situation, please contact Nikki Vreede or Mirjam den Besten.

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