The clock is ticking and less than two months are left before Britain’s scheduled March 29th exit date. In case of a “no-deal” British citizens will become third country nationals and will lose their EU status.
Rights of UK citizens residing, working and/or studying in the Netherlands before March 29th 2019
British citizens and their family members, living, working and/or studying in the Netherlands before the scheduled date of March 29th, may continue to do so during the confirmed transitional period from March 29th 2019 until July 1st 2020. Although up to now it has not been mandatory, we are advising our UK clients to register in the Personal Records Database (‘BRP’) of their municipality. Only by means of this registration will the British national be able to prove that they were resident in the Netherlands prior to March 29th 2019.
The Immigration and Naturalisation Service (‘IND’) has been (and is) sending temporary residence permits in the form of a letter. The letter indicates that even in the event of a no deal, UK citizens will be able to continue residing in the Netherlands and will receive a residence permit.
During the transitional period, the IND will furthermore issue a letter inviting British citizens to apply for a residence permit. In order to obtain this permit conditions of residence that apply to EU-citizens must be met with. The IND anticipates to send the letters by 1 April 2020.
Should a British citizen already hold permanent residence status, the IND will
automatically change their status to issue them a national permanent residence permit. This does not require an application to be filed or any fees to be paid, neither will they need to pass the Dutch integration test to receive this permanent residence permit.
Rights of UK citizens residing, working and/or studying in the Netherlands after March 29th 2019
Should British citizens wish to reside, work and/or study in the Netherlands after March 29th 2019, they will need to apply for residence authorisation like any other non-EU citizen. They may enter the Netherlands on their passports (and will not need to apply for a temporary residence permit) and submit the application whilst in the Netherlands. Work may only take place once the residence permit has been issued.
As you know, The Netherlands offers a wholesome package with an outstanding healthcare system and a steady top ten World Happiness Index ranking. The Netherlands is by far the best friend of the UK on the European continent with a very good physical (Schiphol, Rotterdam / The Hague and Eindhoven airports), IT, legal and tax infrastructure. What’s more, the tax system offers many benefits for individuals and companies combined with a very extensive tax treaty network.
Especially if you are currently a UK resident and are considering to move to the Netherlands (before 29 March 2019), we at Migrantic tax & immigration lawyers can offer a tailormade approach to your tax structure, which can be up and running in a week if necessary See: a profitable way out of brexit for wealthy uk residents
Additionally, you will not risk overbilling due to our case-specific expertise and 30 years’ experience.
If you have any questions regarding your move or immigration to The Netherlands, don’t hesitate to call, we are happy to help.
Please e-mail our immigration lawyer Hélène Jonker (email@example.com) if you need more information on the immigration aspects of Brexit. Or email our tax lawyer Leon van Baal (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you need further information on the tax impacts.