Brexit and (future) employees of Erasmus University Rotterdam

The Brexit has been effectuated on 31 January 2020. The United Kingdom (UK) leaves the European Union (EU) under the agreed withdrawal agreement terms. Are you an international staff member of Erasmus University Rotterdam? Read what the Brexit means for your (prospective) employment at our university. 

As the withdrawal agreement has been agreed on, a so-called soft-Brexit is effectuated, which means there is a transition period up to and including 31 December 2020. This transition period allows the United Kingdom and the EU to further negotiate the terms between each other.  

During this transition period, British citizens can continue to live and work in the Netherlands holding a valid passport. This also applies if you come to live in the Netherlands during the transition period. After the transition period you will need a (new) residence document. Did you receive a temporary residence permit from the IND in March or October 2019? It is only valid if there is no deal.

As a result of the Brexit deal, you do not need the temporary residence permit anymore. You do not need to keep it or send it back to the IND.
Please visit the IND website for more details.  

  • Register yourself in the Municipal Personal Records Database – make sure you are registered with the municipality on your Dutch address.
  • Register for a DigiD
  • Register yourself with – this is where you will receive online mail from the Dutch government about your situation and where you can apply online for a residence permit.
  • Get a Dutch Bankaccount. In order to apply for your residence permit, you will need to pay a small fee through ‘Ideal’, which can only be paid from a Dutch bank account.
  • Transpose your drivers licence to a Dutch driving licence. As an EU citizen you can transpose your driving licence to a Dutch driving licence relatively easy. After a hard Brexit, this will not be the case anymore. Furthermore you will no longer be allowed to drive indefinitely in the Netherlands. It is advisable you explore your options in time.
  • Check the expiry date of your UK passport. Make sure your UK passport is still valid for at least 6 months at the end of the transition period.
  • If you have any questions related to your residence status, email our HR International department for advice on your residence status.

As it is a soft-Brexit, based on a deal, the EUR does not need any added proof of your legal stay in the Netherlands for now. 

Stay informed

These websites about Brexit  are regularly updated:


Do you have questions about your right of residence? Call the IND Brexit information line: +31 (0)88 04 30410. This number can be reached from Monday to Friday from 09.00 am to 17.00 pm.

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