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Brexit for UK residents of the Netherlands – January 2020

After years of uncertainty Brexit will take place on January 31, 2020. Do you want to know more about Brexit for UK residents of the Netherlands? In this article you will find the steps that you need to take now.

From February 2020 until December 31st 2020 there is a transition period to conclude trade treaties with EU and other countries. If you already resided in the Netherlands before January 31st, 2020 you can await further instructions from the Dutch immigration authorities IND. However, some action is required from you.

UK citizens already in the Netherlands

If you already resided in the Netherlands before January 31st, 2020 nothing will change. The IND will contact you in the coming year to start your application for a residence permit.

It is important to check if your local town hall (Personal Records Database, BRP) registration is correct. Are you registered on the correct address? Are your family members registered?

Throughout the transition period, the IND will send a letter to around 45,000 UK nationals and their family members who are registered in the BRP.

Residence permit required after transition period

In this letter, the IND will invite you to submit an application for residence after the transition period. After your application is approved you will receive a residence document. This document is a proof of your residence rights. You will need it to continue to live, work and/or study in the Netherlands after the transition period.

The IND will send out these applications in stages to ensure that every application is processed carefully and promptly. Once the IND has started sending out these letters, you will be able to see on a calendar which letters have already been sent and which still have to be sent. This calendar will be regularly updated. Please wait for your invitation, the IND cannot process all applications in one go.

The application for a residence document costs € 58 for adults and € 31 for children under 18.

Brexit for UK residents in the Netherlands – steps to take now!

  • make sure you are registered in the Personal Records Database BRP at your town hall and that all registered details (including a possible second EU/EEA/Swiss nationality) are correct.
  • apply for a DigiD to be able to communicate with the Dutch government safely and easily. 
  • enable the IND to send messages to your message box at (go to settings and check Immigratie en Naturalisatiedienst (IND) under Landelijke Organisaties).
  • open a Dutch bank account if you don’t already have one, you will need this to pay for an online application for a residence document.
  • if you’re registered in the Netherlands before January 31st, 2020 you can exchange your UK driving licence for a Dutch one with an administrative procedure.

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