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Staff from the UK

Coming to and living in The Netherlands after Brexit.

On 31 January 2020, the United Kingdom (UK) left the European Union (EU) with a deal. The agreements made are set out in the Withdrawal Agreement

As a result of Brexit the right of residence for British nationals in the Netherlands has changed. A British national is no longer an EU citizen. 

Further information

For further information and to discuss your personal situation, please contact The Service Centre International Staff scis@leidenuniv.nl. Phone +31 (0) 71 - 527 7300 .

Current Staff (arrived in NL <1-1-21)

From 1 January 2021 you need to be able to prove that you are entitled to live in the Netherlands under the Withdrawal Agreement. The easiest way to do this is with a residence document. However, you can also use other documents until you have your residence document. The Withdrawal Agreement provides that you can apply for a residence document up to and including 30 June 2021. After this date you must have a residence document. You may not need a residence document if Brexit does not affect your right of residence.

The Service Centre International Staff (SCIS) of Leiden University has contacted all active registered British staff with a labour agreement of guest registration living in The Netherlands. If you did not yet send a copy of your Dutch residence permit, or provided SCIS with a copy of a second EU nationality passport, please do so as soon as possible so the personnel administration can be updated accordingly. If you have left the Netherlands and are working from the UK, or any other country, we would also like to be informed. Team SCIS: scis@leidenuniv.nl

For more information, please check the website of the Dutch Immigration Services (IND)

New Staff (arrival >1-1-21)

A residence document is needed for any stay that exceeds 90 days out of 180 days. Leiden University will then act as your sponsor in respect of the Dutch Immigration and naturalisation services (IND). To facilitate your immigration process and to make your transition to The Netherlands as smooth as possible, Leiden has set up a Service Centre International Staff (SCIS) for all our foreign incoming staff. SCIS will guide you through various procedures that are required to work and reside legally in The Netherlands.

For more information on the procedure please visit the FAQS on the SCIS website. More general Brexit information is available on the IND website.

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