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Netherlands: Residency implications for UK citizens, after “Brexit”

Netherlands: Residency implications for UK citizens

UK citizens and their family members will retain the right to reside, work, and study in the Netherlands following “Brexit” from the European Union on 31 January 2020.


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With Brexit, the UK entered into a transition period until the end of 2020 during which UK citizens and any family members who are not EU nationals and who lawfully resided in the Netherlands before the Brexit date or during the transitional period would retain their right to reside in the Netherlands.

Once the transitional period has ended, UK citizens and their family members will need to possess a Dutch residence permit. The Dutch Immigration and Naturalization Service reports that it will automatically invite UK citizens who lawfully resided in the Netherlands before Brexit or during the transitional period to apply for a residence permit. The residence permit will be granted under the same conditions that apply for residence as an EU national. In general, there are no new or stricter conditions.

Employers are not obligated to apply for work permits for these individuals.

Read a February 2020 report prepared by the KPMG member firm in the Netherlands

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