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Staff from the UK

Information for current and prospective Leiden University staff on how Brexit might affect your right to work and live 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 in case of a no-deal Brexit continue to do so for a transition period of 15 months. In case the UK leaves the EU with a deal (no later than 1 November 2019), the transition period will last until 31 December 2020. 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 the city’s Personal Records Database (BRP) serves as proof that you have been, and are, living in the Netherlands. It is important that your BRP registration is correct, as you will receive your letters from the IND at the address of your registration.

Check that you have received a letter from IND

In January 2019, 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. During the transition period, the IND will contact you to assess your rights and status after Brexit. Read more about this letter on the IND website. The letter you received from IND will serve as your temporary residence permit during the transition period. We would appreciate it if you could send the Service Centre International Staff (SCIS@leidenuniv.nl) a scan of your residence permit. We can then ensure that your file is complete in the event of a no-deal Brexit, as it confirms your status as a legally employed person after Brexit. During the transition period, you will not need a separate work permit to keep working at Leiden University or even to switch to another Dutch employer.

Impact of Brexit on prospective staff from the UK

If you are planning to come and work at Leiden University after Brexit day, you will be treated as a third-country national. The same conditions will apply as those for people from other non-member states (such as American citizens who wish to stay and work at a university in the Netherlands). Leiden University would need a permit to employ you.

Further information

For further information and to discuss your personal situation, please contact The Service Centre International Staff scis@leidenuniv.nl. Phone 071-527 7300 .

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