In the following situations the 5-year term does not apply.
You are married to or are the registered partner of a Dutch citizen. After 3 years of marriage or registered partnership and having uninterruptedly lived together during that period, you can submit an application. These 3 years may also have been spent abroad. You must be living together during the whole procedure.
Did you live together unmarried in the Kingdom of the Netherlands during these 3 years? You can count this period for the period of 3 years.
Living together unmarried outside the Kingdom does not count for the 3 year period.
You already live in the Kingdom of the Netherlands for 3 uninterrupted years with a Dutch partner (not married) and with a valid residence permit. You must be living together during the whole procedure.
You are a former Dutch citizen. You have had the Dutch nationality and you lost it. In some cases, you can make use of the option procedure.
You are stateless. You can submit an application for naturalisation after at least 3 years.
You were acknowledged as a minor or legitimised by a Dutch citizen. Also, you were cared for and brought up by this Dutch citizen for 3 years. You are now 18 years or older. You can submit an application after 3 years.
You have lived in the Kingdom of the Netherlands for a total of 10 years with a valid residence permit. The last 2 years of which you have lived uninterruptedly in the Kingdom of the Netherlands. You can submit an application after 2 years.
You were, after coming of age, adopted in the Kingdom of the Netherlands by at least 1 Dutch citizen.