Can I still live and work in the UK after Brexit?

If you were living in the UK before 1 January 2021, you may continue to live and work there. However, you will need to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme for settled or pre-settled status if you haven’t already. You have until 30 June 2021 to do so. If you move to the UK on or after 1 January 2021, new rules apply. 

If you were living in the UK before 1 January 2021: apply for settled or pre-settled status

If you were living in the UK before 1 January 2021, you may continue to live and work there. However, you will need to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme on the UK government website – if you haven’t already done so –  for settled or pre-settled status. The deadline for applying is 30 June 2021. Any of your family members who do not have British or Irish nationality will also have to apply.

Documents required for your application

You must have a valid passport or ID card when you to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme. The Dutch embassy in London recommends that you apply for these documents in good time. The embassy also advises you to retain all documents that show how long you have been living in the UK; these documents can serve as evidence when you apply for settled or pre-settled status. Find out which documents you need for your application on GOV.UK.

New rules for long and short stays in the UK as of 2021

Points-based system for living and working in the UK

British regulations determine whether you can live and work in the UK. The UK has a points-based immigration system. To live and work in the UK you must meet specific requirements. For example, you must earn over a certain amount and have sufficient command of the English language. Find out more about the UK’s points-based immigration system on the UK government website. 

In most cases you can’t work during a short stay in the UK

In most cases, if you are in the UK for a short amount of time, you are not allowed to work. There are, of course, exceptions. For example, if you’re in the UK for a meeting or convention, or to install or maintain equipment. Find out more about which work and activities are permitted when you’re visiting the UK on the UK government website.

Information and advice

The European Commission has published Q&As about the rights of EU citizens in the UK after Brexit.

Dutch nationals who live in the UK can get information about Brexit from the Dutch embassy in London. The embassy organises regular information meetings. More details are available on the embassy’s Facebook page. You can also contact Dutch central government (see the contact details on this website). Read the Q&As about Brexit for Dutch nationals in the UK on this website.

For consular matters, you can contact the Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ 24/7 BZ Contact Centre.

For information about your pension, contact your pension fund. For information about your health insurance, contact your health insurance provider. If you are a student, you can find out about student finance from the Education Executive Agency (DUO). For other questions, contact the institution where you are studying.

If you receive Dutch benefits, you can get information about the current rules from the Social Insurance Bank (SVB) and the Employee Insurance Agency (UWV).

Applying for settled status after more than 5 years in the UK

If you have lived in the UK for more than 5 years, you can apply to the British government for settled status. This gives people the right to live and work in the UK. It also gives you the right to accrue state pension and to access public services. If you have lived in the UK for less than 5 years, you can apply for pre-settled status. After 5 years in the UK, you can convert to settled status.