You are eligible for option if you meet one of the following conditions:
In addition, you meet the following conditions:
Under special circumstances, children who, in the past, have been acknowledged by law or by establishment of paternity or adopted by a Dutch parent also qualify for the option procedure.
What documents do you need?
Other documents may also be necessary. For more information about the documents, please contact your municipality.
You can fill in the option statement in the municipality where you live. You also fill out a form stating that you will make a declaration of solidarity. You will make this declaration during the naturalisation ceremony.
The option procedure costs money. You pay when you make the option statement. You must also pay for children who are included with your option statement. Is the option statement not confirmed or do you withdraw your option statement? You will not get any money back.
It is 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.
Your minor child can only apply for Dutch citizenship together with you. You then include your child on the form. Your child must be living in Netherlands at the time of the application and have a valid residence permit. Children of 16 and 17 years of age must be present for the application. They must also indicate that they agree with the application.
The municipality assesses whether you meet all the conditions. The municipality must make a decision within a period of 13 weeks.
Municipalities organise naturalisation ceremonies. During these ceremonies the meaning of becoming a Dutch citizen is highlighted.You are obligated to go to the ceremony. Was your child 16 years or older at at the time of the option statement? 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.
What can and should you do as 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.