Status per 8 January 2019

The United Kingdom is scheduled to leave the European Union on Friday, 29 March 2019. The UK's exit ("Brexit") will affect most Britons who want to continue living in the Netherlands.

1. Agreement on withdrawal

All EU countries signed the Withdrawal Agreement in November 2018. The British House of Commons will vote on the agreement in the week of 14 January 2019. If the EU and the UK reach an agreement, nothing will change for Britons residing in the Netherlands. They will continue to enjoy the rights that they currently have until 31 December 2020. No action is required whatsoever, nor is there any need for a residence permit.

After 31 December 2020, Britons will require a residence document in order to continue their stay. The immigration authorities will send letters between 29 March 2019 and 31 December 2020 inviting Britons to apply for a residence permit. The letters will be sent to the address at which the Briton is registered in his/her Dutch municipality. Britons will be treated the same as EU citizens. Consequently, as long as a Briton meets the residence conditions that apply for an EU citizen, there will be an entitlement to a residence document. The document will allow residence, work and study in the Netherlands.

2. No deal

Britons who rightfully reside in the Netherlands on 29 March 2019 can continue their stay in the Netherlands after a no deal Brexit. The Dutch Cabinet confirmed this on 7 January 2019.

During a transition period between 29 March 2019 and 1 July 2020, rights of residence, work and study in the Netherlands will be retained for both Britons and their family members (regardless of their nationality) who reside in the Netherlands on 29 March 2019. There is no need to take further action. The immigration authorities will send confirmation letters to all Britons who have registered their residence with the Dutch municipality.

After the transition period, a Dutch residence permit will be required. Britons will be treated the same as EU citizens. Again, there is no need to take further action. The immigration authorities will send invitation letters to apply for a residence permit before 1 April 2020. The residence permit will allow residence, work and study in the Netherlands.

3. Notes

Britons currently residing in the Netherlands should verify whether their address is registered correctly with the Dutch municipality, in order to ensure that the immigration authorities send their information to the correct address.

Britons who still do not receive a confirmation letter and/or invitation letter should contact the immigration authorities to verify their status.

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