Netherlands – Possible Introduction of New Transition Period for British Nationals and Their Family Members

What has changed

In case a no deal agreement is made between the EU and the UK, the Immigration and Naturalisation Service (IND) in the Netherlands will introduce a transition period from March 28, 2019 (Brexit day) until July 1, 2020, for British nationals and their family members.

The following is contingent upon a No Deal Agreement and is subject to change pending the decision made between the EU and the UK.

Previously, British citizens and their non-EU family members did not require a residence permit to reside and work in the Netherlands. Only EU nationals were required to register as EU nationals.

Who is affected

All clients who currently employ British nationals in the Netherlands or intend to employ British Nationals in the Netherlands beyond July 1, 2020.

What to expect

From July 1, 2020, British nationals will require a Dutch residence permit in order to reside and work in the Netherlands.

During this period, British citizens and their non-EU family members will be able to maintain their rights of residence, employment, and study within the Netherlands. British nationals and EU/British family members currently residing in the Netherlands will receive a letter from the Dutch authorities before March 29, 2019, as proof of their temporary residence permit, which will remain valid until July 1, 2020.

After July 1, 2020, British nationals will require a Dutch residence permit, and applicants will need to meet the same eligibility requirements as EU nationals (i.e., sufficient income, valid health insurance, payment of the government fee of fifty-seven (57) Euro, etc). Once the residence permit is obtained, British citizens will be allowed to continue to reside, work and study in the Netherlands. On or before April 1, 2020, the IND will send a notification letter to apply for a residence permit.

In regards to non-EU family members of British nationals who are living in the Netherlands, the IND is still unclear on the options available at this time. However, it is understood that should the non-EU family members of British nationals intend to remain in the Netherlands after July 1, 2020, they will also need to apply for a residence permit, as they will not be considered family members of an EU citizen. As such, their current status will no longer be valid.

What you need to do

Clients are strongly advised to inform Emigra Worldwide once their employees receive IND invitation letters, to ensure sufficient time to prepare and submit the employee’s application for a residence permit to the proper authorities.

Contact your Emigra Worldwide representative for further details on how these updates may impact you or your client.