You must meet the following conditions:
And have lived uninterruptedly in the Kingdom of the Netherlands for at least 5 years with a valid residence permit. You have always extended your residence permit on time. Your residence permit must be valid during the procedure. There are a number of exceptions to the 5-year rule.
Do you have the nationality of an EU/EEA country or Switzerland? You do not need a residence permit.
The 5 year-term starts counting from the moment that you:
What documents do you need?
Other documents may also be needed, such as:
Foreign documents must often be legalised and translated before they can be used in the Netherlands.
You should apply for a passport and/or birth certificate at the government of your country. You cannot do this? Or you cannot get a passport and/or birth certificate? Then you may possibly appeal to lack of documentary evidence. On the page Lack of documentary evidence you read more information on the lack of documentary evidence and how to get a passport and birth certificate.
A child under 18 cannot apply for Dutch citizenship by itself. An application can only be done by the parents or legal guardians.
However, your child under 18 can apply for Dutch citizenship together with you. You request the naturalisation of your child in your own application for naturalisation. You will receive a notification stating if your child will also receive Dutch nationality.
A child under 16 years of age must live in the Netherlands. And immediately before the application has a valid permanent residence permit. Or a temporary residence permit with a non-temporary purpose of stay. The residence permit is still valid at the time of the naturalisation ceremony.
A child of 16 or 17 years old, immediately before to the application, has lived uninterruptedly in the Netherlands for at least 3 years. And has a valid permanent residence permit. Or a temporary residence permit with a non-temporary purpose of stay. The residence permit is still valid at the time of the naturalisation ceremony.
The child must be present for the application. He must also indicate that he agrees with the application. A child of 16 or 17 years old must also take the declaration of solidarity and sign a declaration that he is willing to renounce his nationality.
Is the child under 18 years old when applying for naturalisation? But 18 years old when the IND decides on the naturalisation? Then the child cannot get Dutch nationality together with the parents.
Children up to 18 years old can keep their current nationality if one or both parent(s) become Dutch citizen. This does not apply when the laws of the country of the current nationality do not allow this.
Did your parents file an application for naturalisation for you when you were still a minor? But was this application rejected? Now you are 18 or older, you can submit a new application yourself.
You have lived for an uninterrupted period of at least 3 years in the Netherlands. You have a valid permanent residence permit. Or a temporary residence permit with a non-temporary purpose of stay. And you meet the other conditions for naturalisation.
You must submit the application for naturalisation in the municipality where you live. You also fill out a form stating that you will make the statement of allegiance. You will make this statement during the naturalisation ceremony. If you must renounce your current nationality, you then sign a declaration for this.
The naturalisation procedure costs money. You pay this when you submit the application for naturalisation. You must also pay for children who are included with your application. Is your application rejected or are you withdrawing your application? You will not get any money back.
It may be possible that your name needs to be established. Establishing your name is required if you do not have a last name or or a first name. For example, if you have one name or multiple names without a distinction between the last name and first names.
In addition, you yourself can ask to have your last name changed. This is only possible if it is important for the civic integration process. For example:
The municipality looks at whether you meet all the conditions for naturalisation and gives a recommendation to the IND. The municipality sends your file to the IND.
The IND checks whether you meet all the conditions required and makes a decision. The IND has to make a decision within a period of 12 months.
If you do not meet the conditions, you will not be able to become a Dutch citizen. This decision is given in a letter. In this formal decision, the IND explains why you cannot become a Dutch citizen. You can apply for a review of this decision.
Municipalities organise naturalisation ceremonies. During these gatherings the meaning of becoming a Dutch citizen is highlighted.
You are obligated to go to the ceremony. Was your child, when submitting the application for naturalisation, 16 years or older? Then he is also obligated to go to the ceremony and make the declaration of solidarity. If your child is under the age of 16, he is not obligated to attend the naturalisation ceremony, but he is certainly allowed to be there.
You will not become a Dutch citizen until you go to the ceremony and make the declaration of solidarity. By doing so, you agree that the laws of the Kingdom of the Netherlands also apply to you. The declaration of solidarity must be done in person. If you do not do this, you cannot become a Dutch citizen.
For more information on the declaration of solidarity, check the brochure Verklaring van verbondenheid on the website of the Dutch government. The information in this brochure is offered in several languages, including English.
At the ceremony, the naturalisation decision will also be presented, stating that you have become a Dutch citizen.
If you cannot attend the first ceremony, you will get an invitation for a next ceremony. You must attend the ceremony within 1 year following the decision. If you fail to do so, you will not receive Dutch nationality. After 1 year, you will need to submit a new application to become a Dutch citizen.
Have you been convicted of a serious crime? Or have you committed fraud in obtaining a residence permit or Dutch nationality? This has serious consequences. Your Dutch citizenship can be revoked. This is even possible up to 12 years after you have obtained the Dutch nationality.
If you voluntarily adopt the nationality of another country, you automatically lose Dutch nationality.
The Kingdom of the Netherlands consists of The Netherlands, Aruba, Curaçao and Sint Maarten. And 3 special municipalities: Bonaire, Sint Eustatius and Saba.