Transition scheme for a no-deal Brexit

The date currently set for the UK’s withdrawal from the EU, 29 March 2019, is coming closer. For British nationals living in the Netherlands, there is a plan in place for the case the UK leaves the EU without a withdrawal deal on this date. A transition scheme will take effect in the Netherlands between 29 March 2019 and 1 July 2020. In this period, British nationals who are registered as living in the Netherlands will automatically keep their rights to live, work and study in the Netherlands. This also applies to family members of British citizens that are not citizens of another EU member state.

Temporary residence permit

As part of the transition scheme, British nationals living in the Netherlands will receive a letter from the IND before 29 March 2019 if the UK opts to leave the European Union without a deal. This letter will double as a temporary residence permit. All British nationals registered in the Personal Records Database (Basisregistratie Personen or BRP) before 29 March 2019 are eligible.

Make sure you’re registered properly

British nationals should keep in mind that if they aren’t already registered in the BRP, or have not given notice of a change of address, there may be a rush to do so toward the end of March. IN Amsterdam and the municipalities in the Amsterdam Area may be busier and waiting times for appointments much longer. Therefore, advance planning is highly recommended. Do also note that if you only have a PO box address (as opposed to a street address) you are likely to have trouble registering.

Previous IND letter

British nationals in the Netherlands who are registered with the BRP have already received a letter from the IND in mid-January, which covers a no-deal scenario. That letter explains that during an initial 15-month transition period, in which British citizens will retain all their rights, they will be invited to submit an application for a permanent residence permit (as opposed to the temporary permit mentioned above) that enables them to continue to reside in the Netherlands once they are no longer EU citizens.