Will I have to comply with Dutch civic integration requirements after Brexit?

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.

Until 31 December 2020 a transition period will be in place, during which all EU agreements and rules will still apply to you as a British national. As a British national in the Netherlands, you will be exempt from civic integrations requirements.

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If you are already living in the Netherlands before the end of the transition period

British nationals who are legally resident in the Netherlands on 31 December 2020, and continue to live here, will retain their right to live, study and work in the Netherlands. This will also apply to British nationals’ family members who are not themselves EU citizens. Both groups will be exempt from civic integration requirements. If you are already resident in the Netherlands and you retain your right of residence, you will not have to comply with Dutch civic integration requirements.

Coming to the Netherlands after the transition period

British nationals who come to live in the Netherlands after the transition period can apply for a residence permit as a third-country national. A third-country national is someone who does not hold the nationality of an EU member state. As a British national, you will not require an authorisation for temporary stay (MVV). You will also not need take the civic integration exam abroad before coming to the Netherlands. Once you are resident in the Netherlands you may however have to pass the civic integration exam.

Rules differ for British nationals who are moving to the Netherlands with a Dutch national. Please visit this page for the details.

There are different rules in place for family members who move to the Netherlands as part of family reunification. Please visit this page for more information.