Am I required to register in the Netherlands before or after Brexit?

Everyone who lives in the Netherlands must be registered by their municipality in the Personal Records Database (BRP). You must ensure that your details are registered in the BRP. This will let you prove how long you have been living in the Netherlands and ensure that the Immigration and Naturalisation Service (IND) is able to contact you.

Arrangements on citizens’ rights not yet final

This answer is based on the provisions covering citizens’ rights in the Withdrawal Agreement. The UK government and the 27 remaining EU member states have approved this agreement. It must still be ratified by the European Parliament and the British parliament. Only after that will the arrangements be final.

If an agreement is concluded (‘deal’ scenario)

If the withdrawal agreement enters into force, all British nationals and their family members who are living in the Netherlands will need to apply for a residence permit. They will need to do this regardless of how long they have been living here. British nationals must hold a new, valid residence permit by 31 December 2020.*

*Arrangements on citizens’ rights are not yet final
This answer is based on the provisions covering citizens’ rights in the withdrawal agreement. The UK government and the 27 remaining EU member states have endorsed this agreement. Now, the European Parliament and the British parliament must approve it. Only after that will the arrangements enter into force.

If no agreement is concluded (‘no deal’ scenario)

If the EU and the UK do not conclude an agreement, the Dutch government will introduce a 15-month transition period for British nationals in the Netherlands. This period will last until 30 June 2020.

British nationals who were legally resident in the Netherlands before the UK’s withdrawal will retain their right to live, study and work here. This will also apply to family members of British nationals who are not EU citizens themselves.

All British nationals and their family members will be written to at some point during the transition period by the Immigration and Naturalisation Service (IND) and invited to apply for a residence permit. To receive this permit, British nationals will need to meet the same residency requirements as those that apply to EU citizens. This means that all British nationals who are legally resident in the Netherlands will continue to be able to live, study and work here. Your employer will therefore not need to apply for a work permit on your behalf.