Visas and residency section updated to include details of changes to the new residency system.
Visas and residency
If you are lawfully resident in the Netherlands on or before 31 December 2020, you will be able to stay. You will need to submit your application for residency by 30 June 2021, in line with the Withdrawal Agreement.
Citizen service number (BSN)
Everyone living in the Netherlands must have a citizen service number, often referred to as a BSN (burgerservicenummer). You must register with your local municipality (gemeente) and you will be assigned a citizen service number (BSN).
You must apply for a BSN within 5 days of arriving in the Netherlands. You will need to make an appointment with the municipality (gemeente) in which you live. Information on how to book an appointments and what documentation you will need will be on your local gemeente’s website.
A BSN is required for a variety of administrative procedures in the Netherlands. You will need one in order to work, open a bank account, arrange health insurance, visit a doctor or hospital, or apply for benefits.
If you leave the Netherlands and later return, you’ll keep the same BSN when you re-register with the municipality.
Read the Dutch government guidance about BSN numbers.
Registering in the Personal Records Database
Every resident of the Netherlands must be registered in the Personal Records Database, referred to as the BRP (Basisregistratie Personen) which is held by the local municipality Administration (gemeente). You may request to do this at the same time as you apply for your BSN.
If you move house, you should make sure you re-register again at your new address. The IND and other government bodies will use the BRP to contact you, if they need to.
The new residency document
You do not need to be invited to apply for the new residency document.
If you have been living in the Netherlands:
- for less than 5 years, apply for a temporary residency document
- over 5 years consecutively, apply for a permanent residency document
If you have questions about making an application call the IND’s helpline for UK nationals, on +31 (0)88 04 30410, to discuss your personal situation.
Before starting your online application, make sure that you have all the following:
- DigiD with sms code or DigiD app. If you do not yet have a DigiD, apply for it on www.digid.nl/en. You should also read the explanation about the DigiD app (in Dutch and English)
- iDEAL (online payment method) to pay for your application. You need a Dutch bank account to set this up
- scanned copy of the pages of your passport showing your personal details and period of validity
- scanned copy of any other documents you need to upload. Read the IND guidance on what documents you will need for temporary residency or for permanent residency
- BSN number
- (optional) V-number: This is a unique identification number used by the IND, you can find it on your invitation letter
You may also apply by downloading a paper version of the application form from the IND website and by sending it to the IND by post.
You can submit an application for other family members within the same household at the same time as your own. You need their documents to do so.
Decision on your application and biometrics
When you submit an application for residency, you will receive an acknowledgement from the IND.
You don’t have to wait for a decision to have your biometrics taken. The IND will need your fingerprints, a passport photo and signature. You can choose whether you would like to book your appointment at an IND desk or at an expat centre.
You will receive a decision on your application through your DigiD message box (Berichtenbox). The decision will be written in Dutch.
The IND will aim to have your biometric residency card ready within 2 weeks of your biometric appointment. It will be delivered to your home by the IPKD (Interdepartementale Post-en Koeriersdienst), a Dutch governmental organisation specialising in courier services. Read the Dutch government guidance on how you will receive your residency card (open the Brexit tab under FAQs).
You are not required to carry your new biometric residence card during the transition period.
Other residency documents
If you have a valid EU residence document (duurzaam verblijf), you need to exchange it for a new residence card. You do not need to submit an application, you just need to make an appointment to have your biometrics taken. Read the IND guidance on how to exchange EU residency documents.
If you are currently outside of the Netherlands, and you haven’t provided your address, then the IND will not be able to contact you to arrange the exchange. If you want to discuss your circumstances and what you need to do, call the IND’s information line for UK nationals on: +31 (0)88 04 30410.
Dutch nationality or other EU nationalities
If you have Dutch citizenship or a valid Dutch national residence permit, you don’t need a new residence document and you will not receive a letter from the IND.
If you have another EU nationality you may not receive a letter from the IND.
Read the IND guidance on residency rights.
Arriving in the Netherlands after 1 January 2021
If you arrive in the Netherlands after 31 December 2020 and you are not coming for the purpose of family reunification under the Withdrawal Agreement, different immigration requirements will apply.
This information is provided as a guide only. Definitive information should be obtained from the Netherlands authorities.