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Posted on: January 8, 2019
The UK’s decision to leave the European Union (EU) has implications for estimated 45,000 British people living in the Netherlands. Below, you will find information and useful links relating to the various possible outcomes of Brexit.
All possibilities will come into effect on the 29 March, 2019
A draft agreement, fully protecting and guaranteeing Citizens Rights was agreed in December 2018, however it faces several political hurdles before it can come into force.
Under the agreement:
British Citizens who have lived in the Netherlands for less than 5 years:
British Citizens who have lived in the Netherlands for more than 5 years:
Whilst both European and British politicians have stated that the preferred option for Britain’s exit is with the deal agreed, the Dutch government has planned for the event of a No Deal
A ‘transition period’ has been agreed until 1 July, 2020. During this period there is no change to any rights of British citizens. The IND will be sending a letter before 29 March 2019, this will act as a temporary residence permit.
After 1 July 2020, British citizens will need a residence permit
Those already holding permanent residence will not be effected, though they must still make sure that their document is renewed prior to its expiration date.
All access to study financing, child-related benefits, and rental allowance will be maintained.
The IWCN can provide comprehensive advice, and the IND has set up a specialist Brexit information line: +31 (0) 88 04 30 41 0 (Monday-Friday, 9AM-5PM)