The Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in London, United Kingdom

Implications of the UK’s EU referendum on 23 June 2016: Frequently Asked Questions

For Dutch nationals in the UK, there will be no major changes to their situation in the near future. The UK is still a member of the EU and will remain so for at least two years after the British government has officially notified the EU it is leaving, or until the UK and the EU have reached an agreement on the terms of a British exit.

  • Does anything change for me now that the UK has voted to leave the European Union?

For Dutch nationals in the UK, there will be no major changes to their situation in the near future .  The UK is still a member of the EU and will remain so for at least two years after the British government has officially notified the EU it is leaving, or until the UK and the EU have reached an agreement on the terms of a British exit.

Please see the Cabinet Office’s statement for more information: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/statement-the-status-of-eu-nationals-in-the-uk

  • Can I apply for British nationality without losing my Dutch nationality?

Dutch adults will lose their Dutch nationality if they voluntarily take on another nationality. As of 1 April 2003, there are three exceptions to the rule. The exceptions are explained on the website of the Dutch Embassy in London: http://unitedkingdom.nlembassy.org/shared/products-and-services/products-and-services/dutch-nationality?selectedLocalDoc=acquiring-another-nationality.
The rules for Dutch minors are more complex. However, a minor will not lose his/her Dutch nationality if and for as long as one of his/her (legal) parents is a Dutch national.

Please note that applying for British nationality may take several months and your passport may have to stay at the Home Office for this period of time.

  • Can I apply for Dutch nationality?

Application procedures for Dutch nationality are explained on the website of the Dutch Embassy in London: http://unitedkingdom.nlembassy.org/shared/products-and-services/products-and-services/dutch-nationality?selectedLocalDoc=applying-for-dutch-nationality.

  • Can I apply for a British residence permit?

As a Dutch national, you do not need a residence permit to reside in the UK. This will not change until the UK ceases to be an EU member. You can find more information about UK residence permits on: https://www.gov.uk/eea-registration-certificate.

Please note that an application for a UK residence permit with the Home Office may take 6 months or longer and during this period you will not have access to your Dutch passport or identity card. If you need to travel urgently, the consular section of the Embassy in London will not be able to assist you in this case and you will need to request your passport from the Home Office. If you still wish to apply for a residence permit, we would advise you to first apply for a Dutch identity card. You can use this identity card to apply for a residence permit and keep your passport in case you need to travel.

On 1 October 2016, the Home Office started to offer a passport return service for EEA and Swiss nationals wishing to travel after they have submitted their application. More information: https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/european-passport-return-service.

  • Can I travel to or stay in the UK with a Dutch identity card? Do I need a visa to visit the UK?

You will still be able to travel to or stay in the UK with a Dutch identity card or passport. For the time being, Dutch nationals do not need a visa to visit the UK.

  • I am in prison; what will change?

At this stage, nothing will change. The UK will abide by all EU directives / Council Framework  Decisions (WETS) and regulations until it ceases to be a member of the European Union.

  • I am receiving Dutch benefits / a Dutch pension. Will anything change for me?

All European regulations in respect of cross-border social security issues are still in force. If you have a specific query, please direct it to the relevant government department/organisation responsible for that particular issue.

  • Useful contacts

Ministerie van Algemene Zaken

Ministerie van Binnenlandse Zaken en Koninksrijksrelaties

Ministerie van Buitenlandse Zaken

Ministerie van Defensie

Ministerie van Economische Zaken

Ministerie van Financiën

Ministerie van Infrastructuur en Milieu

Ministerie van Onderwijs, Cultuur en Wetenschap

Ministerie van Sociale Zaken en Werkgelegenheid

Ministerie van Veiligheid en Justitie

Ministerie van Volksgezondheid, Welzijn en Sport

Should you have any further questions after reading the above, please contact us at: http://unitedkingdom.nlembassy.org/shared/products-and-services/products-and-services/contact-us.