Brexit: Apply for a residence permit in the Netherlands

25 August 2020

If you are a British citizen you must submit your application for a residence permit in the Netherlands. The Immigration and Naturalisation Service (IND) is currently sending invitations to UK nationals to apply. Find out what you can do to prepare for your application.

 Brexit: How to apply for a residence permit in the Netherlands?

If you are a British citizen you must submit your application for a residence permit in the Netherlands. The Immigration and Naturalisation Service (IND) is currently sending invitations to UK nationals to apply. Find out what you can do to prepare for your application.

The transition period after Brexit

From 1 February 2020, there will be a transition period up to and including 31 December 2020. During this period you may continue to live, work and study in the Netherlands. You do not need a residence document. You just need a valid passport. Did you receive a temporary residence permit from the IND in March or October 2019? It is only valid if there is no deal. As a result of the Brexit deal, you do not need the temporary residence permit anymore. You do not need to keep it or send it back to the IND.

Invitations to apply for a residence document

Because Brexit will affect your residence rights, you have to arrange your residence after Brexit. That is why throughout the transition period, the IND will send a letter to around 45,000 UK nationals and their family members (with or without EU, EEA or Swiss nationality) who are registered in the BRP at their town hall. It is important that your details in the BRP are correct.

In this letter, the IND will invite you to submit an application for residence after the transition period. If your application is approved you will receive a (new) residence document. This document is proof of your right of residence. You will need it to continue to live, work and study in the Netherlands after the transition period.

Certain conditions apply. If you fulfill them, you can obtain a residence document. Find out which conditions apply.

The IND will send out these applications in stages to ensure that every application is processed carefully and promptly. It is not possible for all UK nationals to submit an application at the same time. It could lead to possible delays in your application.

An application for a (new) residence document costs the same as the application for permanent residence as an EU citizen: € 58 for adults and € 31 for children under 18.

When you can expect to receive an invitation letter from the IND?

During the transition period after Brexit, the IND will send out letters to around 45,000 UK nationals and their family members to apply for a new residence document. These invitations will be sent out in batches spread across the entire transition period and afterwards.

Have not received an invitation from the IND yet? Watch the videos to learn what you can do to prepare for your application. If you are a British national with a permanent EU residence permit, you can also watch the second video to find out what you can do to prepare for the exchange of your current residence permit for the new permanent residence document. 

Questions?

Do you have any questions about your right of residence? Call the IND Brexit information line: +31 (0)88 04 30410. This number can be reached from Monday to Friday from 9:00 to 17:00.

The article and the visuals have been brought to you by The Immigration and Naturalisation Service (IND)