Brexit update: do British citizens continue to have the right to stay and work in the Netherlands after today, January 31, 2020?

It was quite a soap, but from tonight 00:00, Brexit is official. It is not a no-deal Brexit. From February 1, 2020 until December 31, 2020 there will be a transition period.[1]

British citizens already in the Netherlands before Brexit

Within this period all British citizens (and there family members) who stayed in the Netherlands before the Brexit, keep there rights to stay, study and work in the Netherlands in the transition period. A temporary residence permit is not needed. Spread over the transition period British citizens (and there family members) will receive a invitation letter from the IND to file a request for a residence permit for after the transition period. Therefore it is important as a British citizen to be correctly registered with the BRP-register in the Netherlands: otherwise you will not receive the letter (on the correct address)!

British citizens coming to the Netherlands after Brexit

Nothing changes for British citizens who are coming to the Netherlands during the transition period. They will need to apply for a residence permit for after the transition period as well.

Note that the request for a residence period should not be filed later than 6 months[2] after the transition period.

More information can be found at https://ind.nl/en/Pages/Brexit.aspx

Questions about the implications of Brexit for you and/or your company? Do not hesitate to contact our office. We are happy to assist you.

This article is written by Amanda Brouwers – attorney-at-law, Schelstraete Equine Lawyers / Schelstraete Business Lawyers – info@schelstraete.nl

[1] The transition period can be extended for another year.

[2] This term can be extended but not be shortened.

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