As a British national, can I live and work in the Netherlands?

If you are a British national and were living in the Netherlands before 1 January 2021, you may continue to live and work here. However, you must have a residence permit. If you move to the Netherlands in 2021, new rules apply.

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You were already living in the Netherlands on 31 December 2020

If you are living in the Netherlands and were registered with your local municipality on 31 December 2020, you can continue to live and work in the Netherlands. However, you must have a residence permit. This also applies to your family members if they are from the UK.

If you have been seconded to the Netherlands or are a cross-border commuter, different rules apply.

British nationals living in the Netherlands without a residence permit

However, from 1 October 2021 you can no longer legally live and work in the Netherlands without a residence permit. Without a residence permit, you could lose any benefits you receive, or health insurance coverage, for example. There is, however, a certain degree of flexibility in this policy until 30 September 2022. You can find more information for British nationals living in the Netherlands without a residence permit on the website of the Immigration and Naturalisation Service (IND).

You have been living in the Netherlands since 2021

You must meet the Dutch requirements for coming to live in the Netherlands. You will need to apply for residence on the website of the Immigration and Naturalisation Service (IND). You can find more information on the IND website about the various purposes of stay, such as family, work, and study, as well as about applying for Dutch citizenship.