Becoming a Dutch national: temporary and non-temporary purposes of stay

​You want to apply for Dutch nationality. You need to have a permanent residence permit. Or a temporary permit with a non-temporary purpose of stay. 

​Regular temporary residence permits

Within The purposes of stay are written as stated on the residence document, with an English translation.

Non-temporary purposes of stay

Do you have a residence permit regulier bepaalde tijd (type I) for one of these purposes? Than your permit is non-temporary. With that permit you could apply for Dutch nationality.

  • Arbeid als niet-geprivilegieerd militair of niet-geprivilegieerd burgerpersoneel (Work as non-privileged military or non-privileges civilian personnel)
  • Arbeid als zelfstandige (Work as a self-employed)
  • Arbeid in loondienst (Work in paid employment)
  • Europese blauwe kaart (European blue card)
  • Kennismigrant (Highly skilled migrant)
  • Niet-tijdelijke humanitaire gronden (Non-temporary humanitarian purposes)
  • Onderzoeker in de zin van richtlijn (EU) 2016/801 (Scientific researcher as in Directive (EU) 2016/801)
  • Verblijf als economisch niet-actieve langdurig ingezetene (Residence as an economically non-active long-term resident EU)
  • Verblijf als familie- of gezinslid (Residence as a family member); the family member you are living with:
    • is a Dutch national; or
    • has a regular or asylum permanent residence permit (regulier or asiel onbepaalde tijd); or
    • has a regular temporary permit for a non-temporary purpose of stay.
  • Verblijf conform beschikking Staatssecretaris (Residence according to decision Secretary of State), if the decision states that the residence is non-temporary
  • Vermogende vreemdeling (Foreign investor)

Temporary purposes of stay

Do you have a residence permit regulier bepaalde tijd (type I) for one of these purposes? Than your permit is temporary. With that permit you cannot apply for Dutch nationality.

  • Afwachten verzoek op grond van artikel 17 RWN (Await decision after a request based on article 17 RWN)
  • Grensoverschrijdende dienstverlening (Cross-border service provider)
  • Lerend werken (Internship or work-experience)
  • Medische behandeling (Medical treatment)
  • Overplaatsing binnen een onderneming (intra corporate transferee) 
  • Tijdelijke humanitaire gronden (temporary humanitarian purposes)
  • Seizoenarbeid (Seasonal work)
  • Studie (Study)
  • Uitwisseling (Exchange, including au pair)
  • Verblijf als familie- of gezinslid (Residence as a family member); the family member you are living with has a:
    • temporary asylum permit;
    • temporary regular permit for a temporary purpose;
    • residence as a family member with a minor Dutch child
  • Verblijf conform beschikking Staatssecretaris (Residence according to decision Secretary of State), if the decision states that the residence is temporary
  • Zoeken naar en verrichten van arbeid al dan niet in loondienst (Orientation year higher educated)

Asylum residence permits

Do you have a temporary asylum residence permit? Most of the times you cannot become a Dutch national. You first need to apply for a permanent asylum permit. In these situations you can become a Dutch national with a temporary asylum permit:

  • You are 18 years or older and stateless. Please note: nationality 'unknown' is not stateless.
  • You came to the Netherlands as a family member of a refugee (journey in connection with family reunification). The family member you are staying with has a permanent residence permit, a temporary residence permit for a non-temporary purpose of stay or the  Dutch nationality.
  • You are under 18 and your father or mother has a permanent asylum residence permit. You are included in your parent's application for naturalisation.