Living in The Netherlands after Brexit

On 31 January 2020, the United Kingdom (UK) left the European Union (EU) with a deal. The agreements made are set out in the Withdrawal Agreement. You are a UK national or the family member of a UK national and you wish to (continue) to live in the Netherlands. This page provides an overview of what you need to do to arrange your residency after Brexit. Different provisions apply depending on when you arrive(d) in the Netherlands and for how long you have been living here.

You arrived in the Netherlands before 1 January 2021

You are a UK national or the family member of a UK national. You come under the Withdrawal Agreement if one of the following situations applies to you:

You were already living in the Netherlands before 31 January 2020; orYou came to live in the Netherlands after 31 January 2020 and before 1 January 2021; or Your family member would like to come and live with you (a UK national) in the Netherlands and: You came to live in the Netherlands before 1 January 2021 and you therefore come under the Withdrawal Agreement; and Your relationship with your family member already existed before 1 January 2021.
Find out more about family reunification under the Withdrawal Agreement 

After the transition period: you will need a Withdrawal Agreement residence document

As a result of Brexit your right of residence in the Netherlands has changed. You are no longer an EU citizen. You will need a residence document to continue to live, work or study here after the transition period.  This transition period ended on 31 December 2020. During the transition period you only needed a valid passport to continue living, working or studying in the Netherlands.

From 1 January 2021 you need to be able to prove that you are entitled to live in the Netherlands under the Withdrawal Agreement. The easiest way to do this is with a residence document. You can also use other documents until you have your residence document. The Withdrawal Agreement provides that you can apply for a residence document up to and including 30 June 2021. After this date you must have a residence document. You may not need a residence document if Brexit does not affect your right of residence.

Quickly submit your application online up to and including 30 June 2021

The Dutch government would like to provide a decent solution for all British nationals who wish to continue living in the Netherlands after the transition period. What if you have not yet submitted an application for a residence document? Then the IND advises you to submit your online application for residency as soon as possible. You can do this on 30 June 2021 at the latest. The sooner you submit your application, the sooner you will receive a decision and your residence document. You can then use your residence document to easily show that you have a right of residence in the Netherlands. 

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