November 12th, 2020
As the end of this year is coming closer, so is Brexit. Because there is no Brexit deal between the UK and Europe yet, we would like to inform you on the latest Brexit update, on the situation of UK nationals who are already living in The Netherlands and on the situation of UK nationals who will be relocating to The Netherlands, before and after the end of this year.
UK nationals already living in The Netherlands and UK nationals relocating to The Netherlands before December 31, 2020
At this moment, a transition period under the Withdrawal agreement is applicable for UK nationals living in The Netherlands. This means that UK nationals are allowed to stay and work in The Netherlands from February 1, 2020 until December 31, 2020. During this transition period UK nationals do not need a residence document, only their valid UK passport. Starting from January 1, 2021 the group of UK nationals who already lived in The Netherlands before January 1, 2021, will need a Brexit Withdrawal residence document. The application for the Brexit Withdrawal Agreement residence document needs to be filed before December 31, 2020.
Brexit Withdrawal Agreement residence document
UK nationals who are already living in The Netherlands and who have been registered at the municipality before August 1, 2020 have received an invitation from the IND to apply for their Brexit Withdrawal Agreement residence document.
There are two sorts of Withdrawal Agreement residence documents. The time the UK national has lived in The Netherlands determines which sort of residence document they should apply for:
- If the UK national has been living in The Netherlands for less than 5 years, they can apply for temporary residency.
- If the UK national has lived in The Netherlands for over 5 years consecutively, then they can apply for permanent residency.
All UK nationals and their family members living in The Netherlands who have not yet submitted an application for residency after Brexit, should submit their application as soon as possible, not later than December 31, 2020. Since August 2020, the IND is no longer inviting and requesting UK nationals to apply for a residence document.
For the UK nationals arriving in The Netherlands between August 1, 2020 and December 31, 2020, they and their family members can apply immediately for residency if they have not already done so. This also applies to UK nationals who came to live in The Netherlands earlier but who did not receive any invitation, or if, for some reason, they lost their invitation.
After registering at the municipality and obtaining a BSN number, the UK national can apply for his residence document online at the IND website or per written application. The IND will then process the application, approximately within 2-4 weeks.
When the IND receives the application for a residence document, the IND will send the applicant a letter (acknowledgment of receipt). This letter will inform the UK national that they need to have their biometric data taken. For the biometric data, an online appointment needs to be scheduled as soon as possible. Without the biometrics, the IND cannot prepare the residence document.
When the residence document is ready, the residence document will be delivered at the UK nationals Dutch home address by a courier.
UK nationals relocating to The Netherlands after the end of this year
Because there is no Brexit deal between the UK and Europe yet, as of 1 January 2021, UK nationals will require a work and residence permit to work and live in The Netherlands like any other highly skilled migrant.
This might change if there will be a Brexit deal between the UK and Europe.
Would you like to know more or do you need assistance, please reach out to us!