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Brexit

Impact of Brexit on current staff and students from the UK

If you are one of the UvA’s 600 British students and 140 British employees, you may be wondering how Brexit will affect your right to live, work or study in the Netherlands.

Transition period

On 7 January 2019, the Dutch Government issued a letter to Parliament, stating that British citizens and their families who are legally living, working and studying in the Netherlands on Brexit day can continue to do so for a transition period of 15 months. During this time you will remain entitled to provisions such as healthcare and to financial contributions towards the cost of rent and childcare, for example.

Verify your BRP registration

Your registration as a resident in your city’s Personal Records Database (BRP) serves as proof that you have been, and are, living in the Netherlands. Make sure you're registered in the BRP before the Brexit date and that all the information is correct because you'll receive letters from the IND at the address of your registration.

Check that you have received a letter from IND

In January, all British citizens registered as living in the Netherlands should have received a letter from the IND stating their resident status during the transition period and explaining what will happen next. (You can read more about this letter on the IND website.)

During the transition period, the IND will contact you to assess your rights and status after Brexit. 
Below is a short inventory of the likely impact of Brexit on current UvA staff and students.

  • Current employees, including student assistants, from the UK

    The letter you received from IND will serve as your temporary residence permit during the transition period

    You must provide a copy of this letter to the HR department of your Faculty or Unit, as it confirms your status as a legally employed person after Brexit. The HR department needs to receive this proof of your resident status as soon as you get it.

    During the transition period, you will not need a separate work permit to keep working at the UvA or even to switch to another Dutch employer.

    If on Brexit day you have been living in the Netherlands for at least 5 years

    In this case, at some point during the transition period, you will be able to apply for a permit to keep living here indefinitely, on the same conditions that hold for any citizen from another EU country.

    If your legal or marital partner is Dutch, or if you were born in the Netherlands

    In this case, at some point during the transition period, you could apply for a Dutch passport without giving up your British passport.

    If on Brexit day you have been living in the Netherlands for less than five years

    In this case, at some point during the transition period, you will be able to apply for a temporary residence and work permit under the same conditions that hold for citizens from other EU countries.

    Further information

    Regarding social security, the Dutch Government is working on a solution but has not yet disclosed details.

    For further information and to discuss your personal situation, please contact your HR department.

  • Current students from the UK

    The letter you received from IND will serve as your temporary residence permit during the transition period

    For the current academic year, you do not need to submit the letter to the Students’ Records Department. However, you will need the letter in May if you wish to apply for the 2020-2021 academic year.

    Continuing your studies

    As a student enrolled at the UvA on Brexit day, living in the Netherlands and registered as such in the BRP, you will be allowed to continue studying under the same conditions, and with the same tuition fees, as those set for EU students by law and by the UvA’s regulations. 
    As we understand it from the Government’s letter, this includes continuing uninterrupted in a follow-on study programme (e.g. doing your Master’s right after a Bachelor’s) and also includes a switch between institutions within the Netherlands. 
    If applicable, you will keep your entitlement to financial assistance (studiefinanciering).

    Interrupting your studies

    The Government’s letter does not specify which tuition fees will apply if you take a break from your studies and return later to complete your programme. We advise against interrupting your studies while this uncertainty exists.

    Working during your studies

    If you have a part-time job to support yourself during your studies, please refer to the city’s Brexit Information Point or consult your employer to find out if, and how, Brexit could affect your position and rights as an employee.

    Further information

    For further information and to discuss your personal situation, please contact our Office of International Student Affairs.