Netherlands Temporary Residence: Managing Your Time Away From The Netherlands Post-Brexit

Netherlands Temporary Residence: Managing Your Time Away From The Netherlands Post-Brexit

Embracing life with a Dutch residence permit opens doors to exploration to other Schengen states, but it comes with its own set of guidelines. A misstep could jeopardise your coveted residency status.

Having a residence permit in the Netherlands, you have the right to leave the country, but only for certain periods. Violation of this rule may result in cancellation of your residency status.

British nationals living in the Netherlands under the Brexit withdrawal agreement are being warned to make sure they do not lose their temporary right of residence by spending too long out of the country. 

According to IND (Netherland's Immigration and Naturalisation Service), later this year, British citizens with a temporary residence permit in the country will be limited in the amount of time they can be away from the Netherlands. The new rules do not affect people with permanent residency documents. 

To avoid the revocation of your residency rights, you should avoid the following mistakes:

  • From 01 October this year, British nationals with a temporary residence permit can be out of the Netherlands for no more than six months within a 12-month period.
  • From April 2024, the amount of time that can be spent abroad for “important reasons” such as studying or serious illness, will be limited to 12 months consecutively.

Navigating Permanent Residency 

After five continuous years living in the Netherlands, you can apply for a permanent residence permit if you meet Dutch integration requirements, for example, sufficient knowledge of the Dutch language.

While these new rules will impact some UK citizens in the Netherlands, the rules for those with permanent residence status remain unchanged.

For permanent residents, the IND will only revoke permanent residency for UK citizens who leave the Netherlands for a period of at least five consecutive years.

Under the Brexit withdrawal agreement, the 45,000 British citizens who were living in the Netherlands before 31 December 2020 had to apply for a new residence permit to stay in the country. British nationals who have arrived since then must apply for a regular work and residence permit.

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