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BREXIT – Freedom of movement of UK residents

By July 15, 2020 April 25th, 2022 No Comments

Whilst the coronavirus continues to dominate all of our lives, many may have forgotten that on 31st January 2020, the UK left the European Union. Whilst the focus has shifted to the unprecedented pandemic, the Brexit train continues to steam forward. In this article we will look at the upcoming transition of the freedom of movement between Britain and Europe.

On 1st January 2021, freedom of movement between the UK and the European Union will end. From February 2020 until December 31st 2020 there is a so-called transition period to conclude trade treaties with Europe and other countries.

Result ending freedom of movement

In case an UK national will relocate with the intention to reside in the Netherlands after December 31st 2020 for more than 3 months, the same immigration criteria apply as for any other non-European national. However, UK nationals are exempted from obtaining the so-called Machtiging tot Voorlopig Verblijf (MVV) which means that the application for a residence permit may be filed after arrival in the Netherlands.


After 31 December 2020, there are several options for you as an employer to hire British employees. For example, you can hire a British employees under the highly skilled migrant scheme. Click here for more information on the highly skilled migrant scheme.

Self employed

If you are a British citizen, but reside in the Netherlands and run your business here, you should apply for a specific residence permit for entrepreneurs.

Contact us

If you are an employer, entrepreneur or expat and concerned about how the ending of the freedom of movement, please do not hesitate to contact us in case you need any guidance or you have any questions.