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Netherlands: Dutch transitional rules for UK expats pending “Brexit”

Netherlands: Transitional rules for UK expats

The Dutch government has decided that UK citizens and their family members who lawfully reside in the Netherlands before “Brexit” will retain their right of residence in the event of a Brexit “no deal.” The transitional rules will apply for a period of 15 months and continue through 1 July 2020.


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The rules will apply to both UK citizens and any family members who are not EU nationals. To be eligible for the rules, lawful residence in the Netherlands must have been before 29 March 2019. 

During the transitional period, UK citizens will retain their right to reside, work, and study in the Netherlands. Those persons who are eligible under the transitional rules will receive a letter confirming their right of residence before 29 March 2019. 

Only when the transitional period has ended will UK citizens and their family members need to have a Dutch residence permit. This residence permit will be granted under the same conditions that apply for residence as an EU citizen; thus no new or stricter conditions for residence will be imposed. Employers are not obliged to apply for work permits for this group of persons.


Read a January 2019 report prepared by the KPMG member firm in the Netherlands

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