Residing in the United Kingdom counts as living outside the European Union as of January 1, 2021. If you hold British or another nationality in addition to Dutch nationality and live in the United Kingdom, the 10-year term will begin on January 1, 2021. Read the pamphlet on the loss of Dutch nationality for further information.
If you are a British national who lived in the Netherlands prior to January 1, 2021, you may continue to live and work in the Netherlands. If you haven't already, you'll need to apply for a residency permit. You have until October 1, 2021, to complete this task. If you relocate to the Netherlands in 2021, new laws will apply. Check out our Residency Program for more information.
You are free to stay and work in the Netherlands. However, you must have a valid residence visa or have applied for one with the Immigration and Naturalisation Service (IND) by October 1, 2021. This also applies to your family members who are British citizens. If this condition is not met, they will not be able to remain in the country.
Citizens from other countries who are allowed to enter the Netherlands on a long-term basis can also apply for a residence permit. So if you are from an EU country or an EEA state, you can probably study here too.
Those who want to stay longer than six months but not yet qualified should register with the National Documentation Center (NVC). The cost is 9.90 euros. You can then start the procedure of acquiring a residence permit.
If you already have a job offer, you can apply for a residence permit after just three months instead of six. But you must pay a fee of 545 euros.
A British citizen can work in the Netherlands without a visa as long as they have a passport, ID card, or birth certificate. If they need a working visa, they can apply for it at the border or airport. The process takes about two weeks and costs 150 euros for a single entry visa.
Nothing will change until the end of 2020 if the UK leaves the EU with a deal. You may live, work, and travel in the Netherlands in the same way you could before Brexit. You will be allowed to move to the Netherlands and obtain residency under the same conditions as existed before to Brexit.
If there is no deal, then you would need to get a visa for the Netherlands. This can take up to 12 months to process so it's best to do this before you need to apply.
Visas are only issued by Dutch embassies or consulates. If you want to find out more about what visas are available, how to apply for them, and any other related questions, we recommend that you contact an immigration lawyer.
We have included links to some useful websites below that will help you understand what living and working in the Netherlands is like, what the requirements are to live and work there, as well as some helpful resources:
The Netherlands government website has lots of information about living and working in the country. You can find out more about rights at work, health care, social security, taxes, and many other things. There is also a section on how to apply for a residence permit for the first time.
The Ministry of Security and Justice (OMM) maintains a list of diplomatic representatives in the Netherlands.
You are no longer an EU citizen as a result of Brexit and are now a third-country national. A third-country national is someone who is not a citizen of the European Union, the European Economic Area, or Switzerland. You can still come to reside in the Netherlands for the first time as of January 1, 2021. You will then require a residency permit, which you must apply for. If you already have a residence permit, you will keep your document until it expires.
When you arrive in the Netherlands you will need: a passport or other form of ID; a visa or residence permit if applicable; and proof of health insurance (there is a fee for this service).
As a non-EU citizen you cannot work in the Netherlands without a residence permit. However, if you are granted a long-term stay permit, you may be allowed to work under certain conditions. The Dutch government does not issue work permits but instead relies on employers to offer jobs to foreign workers. If this situation changes, we would advise checking with local authorities about any updates to the rules regarding residence permits and employment.
It is possible to request a renewal of your residence permit. There is no specific period of stay required before your permit can be renewed, but there is no more than one attempt to renew it. If your permit is not renewed within a few months of its expiration date, you will need to start the process again from scratch.