Brexit: Application period for residence document extended

The period within which UK nationals can apply for a residence permit or a frontier worker document will be extended by 3 months until October 1, 2021.


UK nationals who were registered and resident in the Netherlands before the end of the transition phase on January 1, 2021 need to apply for a residence document. Originally the application for this residence document had to be filled before July 1, 2021. The State Secretary of Justice and Security has indicated in her letter to parliament (in Dutch) of May 31, 2021 that UK nationals living in the Netherlands that have not yet applied for a permit are given additional 3 months time to do so.

Frontier workers

The IND has confirmed that this period will also be postponed for UK nationals who worked as a frontier worker in the Netherlands before January 1, 2021. They now also have until October 1, 2021 to request a frontier worker document.

Impact for employers

As an employer, you must verify whether your employees have a lawful residence and work status in order to avoid a possible fine for illegal employment and increased wage tax withholding rate. This also applies to your British employees since 1 January 2021. There is no grace period for this verification.

Until 1 October 2021 you can prove that the employee is covered by the Withdrawal Agreement with other evidence if no residence or frontier worker document has been issued yet. However, we strongly recommend that you instruct your UK employees to apply for the required document as soon as possible.