Dutch authorities have reminded British citizens who intend to continue to live, work or study in the Netherlands to apply for a residence permit before 1 October 2021.
According to the Immigration and Nationality Service (IND), British citizens residing in the Netherlands without a residence permit after October 1 will reside illegally in the country. This situation makes Britons vulnerable to many disadvantages such as health insurance, receiving benefits or applying for mortgages, SchengenVisainfo.com reports.
However, the Dutch government will adopt a flexible policy for British citizens to allow their late applications to be processed from 1 October 2021 to October 2022. During this time, an application submitted later than 1 October 2021 will be processed, and the British can obtain their residence permits.
As a result, the unlawful presence – retroactively – becomes legal. In the meantime, however, the societal consequences and those related to residence status have an impact that it is critical that you do not end up in this situation,” warns the press release from the IND.
After October 2022, Britons living in the Netherlands who do not have a Brexit residency document will be treated like nationals of other third countries, with minors exempt.
The Withdrawal Agreement between the European Union and the United Kingdom became effective on 1 February 2020, ushering in the transition period, known as the ‘grace period’, during which Britons can move freely as pre-Brexit rules still apply to them.
However, the transition period ended on December 31, 2020, and from January 1, 2021, Britons moving to any EU member state were required to apply for a residence permit.
SchengenVisainfo.com also reported that Finland also extended its last invitation to Brits to apply for their residence permits before the September 30 deadline. The Finnish Immigration Service revealed that 3,923 applications for Brexit residence permits had been submitted by August 2021. However, the country’s population is currently estimated to be around 5,000 UK residents.
Since the UK left the European Union on December 31, 2020, EU member states have warned Britons living in their territory to apply for the relevant documents so that they can continue to live in the country.
On the other hand, Britons traveling from the UK to the EU, since the beginning of this year, have faced different entry rules, as the same is now subject to passport requirements for travel across the bloc. At the same time, according to the rules of the Schengen area, third-country nationals such as the British can stay in the zone for a maximum of 90 days, for every 180 days.