On Friday 31st, 2020 the UK left the European Union with a deal after 47 years of membership. In this article, we will aim to detail what this means for British nationals now living & working in the Netherlands or intending to relocate & work in the Netherlands after February 1st, 2020.
Residency during the Transition Period
Now that the UK has officially left, the transition period has come into effect which is due to end on the 31st December 2020. It remains to be seen if this deadline will be extended, but that is a possibility. The next 11 months will allow UK nationals & their family to keep their rights to residence, employment and/or study that apply for all EU citizens.
UK nationals and their family members who come to the Netherlands after the Brexit date are also allowed to reside, work and/or study as long as they meet the conditions for a residence that apply for all EU-citizens.
In short, during the transition period (which is due to end on December 31st, 2020) UK nationals can relocate and work without the need of a Dutch work and/or residence permit.
What happens after the transition period?
UK nationals and their family members who are already living in the Netherlands before January 1st, 2021, will be invited to apply for a national Dutch residence permit. This national residence permit will be necessary to retain their rights after the transition period.
During the transition period, the Dutch immigration authorities (IND) will send invitation letters to apply for this residence permit online to UK nationals and family members registered in the Dutch municipality. This will be done in the order of the year of registration at the Dutch municipality. To ensure a smooth application procedure it is important that applicants wait with filing an application until they have received an invitation letter from the IND.
The application costs (legal fees 2020) will be EUR 58 for adults and EUR 31 for children under 18.
In certain cases this invitation letter will not be sent, for example, in the case that a UK national is already in possession of a residence permit for a permanent stay or in the case that a UK national has a second EU/EEA or Swiss nationality registered with the municipality.
At the end of January 2020, the IND has already reached out in writing to approximately 45.000 UK nationals explaining the above.
Important information for UK nationals who are living and working in the Netherlands prior to December 31st, 2020
- Ensure that you are correctly registered in the Dutch municipality;
- Ensure you are in possession of a DigiD (personal identification number to submit the online applications);
- Wait until you receive an invitation letter from the IND to apply for the residence permit otherwise, your application may not be processed or be delayed;
- Check whether you are eligible for a national Dutch residence permit after the transition period on the IND website or with your immigration advisor.
UK nationals and their family members who come to the Netherlands to work after the transition period, so after December 31st, 2020, will in principle require a Dutch work/and or residence permit. We note that the end date of the transition period can be extended. More information will be available during the year.
This article has been written by our own heavy-hearted, EU loving, bitterbal addicted George, a (former) British national in collaboration with Hillbrook, our immigration & tax partner.