15 AUG 2019

Brexit – transition arrangements for British nationals working in the EU

While the UK prepares to leave the EU with or without a deal on 31 October 2019, the Dutch Immigration department has confirmed transition period arrangements for British nationals who fall in the so-called “cross-border” category. 

Cross-border workers are people working in the Netherlands and residing in the UK, without being registered in the Netherlands. 

People who reside and work in the Netherlands have already been informed by the Immigration department and have received a temporary residence permit, valid until 30 June 2020.

The cross-border group could not be contacted by the Dutch authorities, since they have no data registered in the municipal administration. 

The Dutch Immigration department has now confirmed that this group of workers will have to collect a sticker from the department, which will legally allow them to remain working in the Netherlands without a work permit until 30 June 2020. 

After this date, they will have to be able to present a work/residence permit for the Netherlands. 


Because the Brexit is not yet finalised and it is still not clear whether there will be a deal or not, it remains difficult to state with certainty what the immigration requirements will be after June 2020. 

For the time being, the Immigration department has advised that a residence/work permit will be required for all British nationals who wish to live and/or work in the Netherlands.