Impact of Brexit on the rights of British citizens in the Netherlands

December 24, 2020, 4 pm: The information on this page will possibly be updated in accordance with the partnership between the EU and the UK.

During the transition period, nothing will change for British nationals living in the Netherlands. Until 31 December 2020 all current EU agreements and rules will still apply to the UK. 

The European Union (EU) and the United Kingdom (UK) have reached an agreement on the rights of British nationals in the EU. This includes British nationals in the Netherlands. For British nationals living in the Netherlands on or before 31 December 2020 nothing will change. The rights of British nationals in the Netherlands are guaranteed even after the transition period. The further negotiations between the UK and the EU will not affect these rights.

The European Commission has published Q&As about the rights of UK citizens in the EU after Brexit. The UK government and the 27 remaining EU member states have approved this agreement.

Applying for a residence permit

All British nationals and their family members will be invited by the Immigration and Naturalisation Service (IND) to apply for a residence permit at some point during the transition period. To receive this permit, British nationals will need to meet the same residency requirements as EU citizens. The permit will allow British nationals who are legally resident in the Netherlands to continue to live, study and work here.

What can I do now to protect my right to stay?

Go to the website of the Immigration and Naturalisation Service (IND) to find out what the Brexit means for you as a British citizen in the Netherlands after Brexit. And to find out what you can do now to protect your right to stay.