You must meet the following conditions:
In the following situations the 5-year term does not apply.
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 do not have a passport and/or birth certificate and are you not exempt from this? Then you may possibly appeal to ‘lack of documentary evidence’.
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:
Your child can only apply for Dutch citizenship together with you. You then request the naturalisation of your child in your own application for naturalisation. You will receive a notification stating that your child will also receive Dutch nationality.A child under 16 years of age must live in the Netherlands He must also have a valid residence permit immediately before the application. This is a 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 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.
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. 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. 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 make the declaration of solidarity, you cannot become a Dutch citizen.
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.
RIGHTS AND OBLIGATIONS
What can and should you do as a Dutch citizen?
Please note! 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.