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Dutch nationals that can derive rights from EU law

‚ÄčA Dutch national is an EU citizen. But Dutch nationals usually cannot derive rights from EU law. Dutch nationals can fall under EU regulations when they have used their right of free movement.

In the following situations Dutch nationals can derive rights from EU law

  • You have lived in another EU/EEA Member State or Switzerland for at least 3 consecutive months with your partner or family member with another nationality. You and your partner or family member had residence on the grounds of EU law. You were for example registered as an EU citizen in that Member State. And your partner or family member had a residence document as a family member of an EU citizen.

    You lose your EU-rights when after your stay in the EU/EEA Member State or Switzerland you live in a country outside the EU, EEA or Switzerland for more than 6 months.

  • You have, besides the Dutch nationality, also the nationality of another EU/EEA Member State or of Switzerland. And you have lived in another Member State or Switzerland. You do not have to have lived in the country of which you also have the nationality.
  • You have had the nationality of EU/EEA Member State of Switzerland. And you have lived in the Netherlands on EU law (right of free movement). At a later time you have obtained the Dutch nationality through naturalisation or option.
  • You were born in the Netherlands as an EU/EEA citizen or Swiss citizen. You have always lived in the Netherlands. At a later time you have obtained the Dutch nationality through naturalisation or option.
  • You came to the Netherlands and at a later time you have obtained the Dutch nationality. Upon becoming a Dutch national you have kept your nationality of your country of origin. After your naturalisation or option your country of origin became an EU/EEA Member State.

Where do I find the procedure and conditions?

Does one of the these situations apply to you? Please check Family members with a different nationality for more information on the conditions and procedures.

Do these situations not apply to you? Please check Family for more information on the conditions and procedures.