Brexit arrangements welcome in Utrecht

I was reading  DutchNews.nl and was interested to learn how the Netherlands is dealing with Brexit.

In good news for UK nationals living in the Netherlands, they will soon be officially informed that they will be able to remain in the country in the event of a no-deal Brexit, but will have to apply for a special residence permit, according to Dutch foreign affairs minister Stef Blok

The IND is now writing to all UK nationals registered in the Netherlands to inform them about the new agreement.

All UK nationals living in the Netherlands, will be contacted by letter, and Stef Blok says that the letter will show their rights during the transition period. There will be no need for any UK nationals to do anything themselves.

Blok told Dutch MPs that  he wanted to emphasise that the withdrawal agreement is the best option for everyone, but felt that as long as there was no guarantee that the withdrawal agreement will be enacted, that the Netherlands and the EU should continue to prepare for a no-deal situation.

In the event of no deal, the government will bring in a 15 month transition period, during which IND officials will invite all UK nationals living here to apply for a  residency permit. Everyone who meets the residency requirements for EU nationals, will be granted this permit and it will allow UK nationals to continue to live and access the labour market in the Netherlands for five years

The permit will cost €57, but if you already have a residence permit, this cost will be waived.

At the moment almost 90,000 UK nationals live here and over a third are children or adults who were born here, according to the CBS.

Creator: Petr Kratochvil. Public Domain.

There will be no language tests for UK nationals who have lived in the Netherlands for five years or more and they will also be eligible for permanent residency without having to take other integration tests.

UK nationals who have lived here for less than five years will get a regular residency document which will allow them to continue to work. They too will be exempt from any tests.

Employers will not have to apply for permits to keep their UK members of staff.

University Students who have started their courses before March 29 will not be affected

UK nationals who come to the Netherlands after Brexit will now be treated as third country nationals in the same way that any non-EU, US, Canadian and Japanese workers are at the moment. In this situation their employers will have to apply for a work permit for them.

University students will also be treated as third country nationals and will have to pay foreign student fees post Brexit.

It’s good to see at least one national government is at last preparing for Brexit.

All we have in the UK are lorry parking practices in Kent.

Never mind any human cost.

What a mess!

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Jon Wilkins

Jon Wilkins is Welsh and lives in England. He is a writer. A Europhile and Remainer, he is a regular visitor to Utrecht and has set his crime novel series in the city.

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