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Dutch Government’s statement on rights of British citizen after Brexit

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:

  • Nothing will change regarding residency, working and studying until 31 December 2020
  • After this, a residency document will be required, with present rights preserved. The IND will invite all British citizens to apply between 29 March 2019 and 31 December 2020.
  • The invitation to apply will be sent to the address registered within the Personal Records Database (BRP), which is linked to your BSN number.

British Citizens who have lived in the Netherlands for more than 5 years:

  • British Citizens are invited to obtain a permanent right of residence through the various options of naturalisation and permanent residence.
  • Or, alternatively, you can apply for a new post-Brexit document.

No Deal

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

  • Qualification for this permit will be the same as those required for EU citizens; a valid passport and registration in the Municipal Records Database (BRP)
  • A letter will be sent, inviting applications for this new permit, before 1 April 2020

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.

What to do in the meantime

Questions about right of residence

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)