Brits in the Netherlands must pay for residence permit after Brexit

Brits in the Netherlands must pay for residence permit after Brexit

The Dutch parliament building. Image: Getty

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Brits who live in the Netherlands can stay there in the event of a no deal Brexit, the Dutch government has announced, and will be invited to apply for a €57 permit.

Any UK citizens who currently live there can continue to reside and work after March 29, as can their family members, even if others in the family are not EU citizens.

An announcement on the Dutch Ministry of Justice website reads: “The Dutch government has decided that, in the event of a no-deal Brexit, British citizens and their families who are lawfully resident in the Netherlands prior to 29 March will be entitled to live, work and study in the Netherlands for at least another 15 months.

“This transition scheme will also apply to family members of British citizens who do not hold EU citizenship themselves.”


'Permit required'

After the transition period, British people, who are thought to number around 45,000 in the Netherlands, will have to apply for a residence permit at a cost of €57.

The statement on the Dutch governmental website continues: “During this 15-month period, the Dutch Immigration and Naturalisation Service (IND) will invite the roughly 45,000 British citizens who are lawfully resident in the Netherlands to apply for a permanent residence permit, which will be required after the transition period.

“The IND will stagger the invitations across the transition period, allowing all those affected to properly organise their future stay in the Netherlands. British citizens will be eligible for the permit if they meet the same residence conditions that apply to EU citizens.”

The transition period agreed between the UK and the EU is set to run until December 2020.


'Brexit tax'

During Prime Minister’s Questions on Wednesday, Mrs May said that, if no new agreement on the relationship between the UK and the EU had been reached by the end of the transition period, MPs could vote to trigger the backstop or extend the period.

Last week, the local authority of Berlin announced that Brits in the city could apply for a residence permit free of charge after Brexit.

A spokesperson said the scheme does not apply to the rest of Germany, as immigration issues are dealt with on a regional level, so other districts may have a different process in place.

The UK’s EU settlement scheme has been criticised for its £65 cost, with a spokesperson from the 3 Million campaign, which represents EU citizens in the UK, branding it a “Brexit tax”.