UK citizens’ rights announced in case of no-deal Brexit

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UK citizens’ rights announced in case of no-deal Brexit

The Netherlands will apply a national transition period in the event of a no-deal

The Dutch government has announced how it will administer the status of UK nationals in the Netherlands in the event of a “no-deal” Brexit.

Key points of the announcement

The Netherlands will apply a national transition period from the Brexit date until July 1, 2020, during which the status quo will remain and UK nationals and their family members may continue to work, live and study in the Netherlands.

  • UK nationals who were legal residents in the Netherlands on March 29, 2019 received a letter that will serve as a temporary residence permit from the Immigration and Naturalisation Service (IND). The IND advises UK nationals to keep their temporary residence permits safe during the Brexit extension period. The IND will send temporary residence permits to UK nationals who do not have a temporary residence permit and who are registered in the Netherlands if a possible no-deal Brexit is pending. The IND will be relying on the address that the UK national has registered in the municipality’s personal records database.
  • During the transition period, all UK nationals will be required to apply for a new national resident permit, which will be based on the same conditions that apply to EU citizens.
  • The IND will send letters to all affected UK nationals before April 1, 2020, inviting them to apply for a national residence permit.
  • UK nationals who do not have legal residence in the Netherlands on the Brexit date will require a work authorization and a residence permit in order to obtain a legal work and residence status in the Netherlands.

Background

The UK is set to leave the European Union on October 31 and although the UK and the EU have negotiated a draft withdrawal agreement, it has not been agreed upon in the UK Parliament. In case the withdrawal agreement is agreed upon before October 31, the UK will leave the EU earlier. In preparation for a no-deal scenario, EU member states are now releasing plans on how they will address the end of EU free movement as applied to UK citizens. 

Deloitte’s View

The IND plan provides certainty to Dutch employers and UK nationals in the Netherlands that they will retain free movement during the transition period and be notified of their status by the IND. Employers should ensure that all UK national employees are properly registered with the municipality of their residence as the IND will be relying on this address to communicate important information to UK nationals and their family members. Employers should also ensure sufficient preparation is afforded to those UK nationals arriving after the Brexit date who will require a work authorization and residence permit.

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