The Immigration and Nationality Service (IND) has announced that British citizens living in the Netherlands who have not yet applied for a residence permit will be able to do so until October 2022.
The announcement comes after the end of the period during which Britons living in the Netherlands can apply to continue legal residence in the country. Although special phone lines dedicated to the matter are no longer available and the official October 1 deadline has passed, the immigration service is calling on remaining Britons to apply for a residence permit, TheSchengen.com reports.
Residing illegally in the Netherlands makes the British enjoy many advantages, as they are considered equivalent to all third-country nationals. However, even though British citizens who apply for a residence permit late can obtain their immigration status to become legal residents of the Netherlands, even while they were staying illegally in the country.
As a result, the unlawful presence – retroactively – becomes legal. In the meantime, however, the societal consequences and those related to residency status have such an impact that it is critical that this does not end up in this situation,” warns the press release from the IND.
According to a press release from the authority, more than 39,223 applications from Britons have been processed since February 2020, which means that around 87.1 per cent of UK citizens in the country have applied for a residence permit allowing them to continue living in the Netherlands. .
“In addition, more than 5,600 EU residence documents for permanent residence have been converted into documents for permanent residence based on the Withdrawal Agreement,” the IND noted.
At the moment, the IND reveals that in total, about 45,000 Britons have applied for a residence permit.
TheSchengen.com previously reported on the matter, when the Immigration and Naturalization Service in September reminded Britons to apply for residence permits before the October 1 deadline. Furthermore, the authority warned them that after October 2022, any British citizen living illegally in the UK would be treated just like any other third world citizen, meaning they would be subject to numerous restrictions.
As the transition period for Europeans and Britons to settle the new rules comes to an end, EU member states have been reminding their citizens to issue a passport when entering the UK, as well as Britons applying for residence permits.
Since the UK formally left the European Union at the beginning of 2020, both parties are obligated to follow different and stricter entry rules. Britons need to apply for a residence permit if they want to remain resident in any EU member state. Furthermore, UK nationals are required to apply for a visa if they intend to stay in the EU for more than 90 days, every 180 days, or to enter member states for work and study purposes.
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