You are eligible for option if 1 of the following situations applies to you:
You are married to a Dutch citizen or you are the registered partner of a Dutch citizen for at least 3 years. And you have lived immediately prior to the confirmation of Dutch citizenship uninterruptedly in the Kingdom of the Netherlands for at least 15 years with a valid residence permit or as a citizen of the EU/EEA or Switzerland.
You are 65 years of age or older. And you have lived immediately prior to the confirmation of Dutch citizenship uninterruptedly in the Kingdom of the Netherlands for at least 15 years with a valid residence permit or as a citizen of the EU/EEA or Switzerland.
Under special circumstances, children who, in the past, have been acknowledged by law or by establishment of paternity or adopted by a Dutch parent or a parent that could have become a Dutch citizen through option also qualify for the option procedure.
You must meet the following conditions:
You may keep your current nationality. However, are you 18 years or older and have you lived in the Netherlands with a valid residence permit from the age of 4? You are required to renounce your nationality.
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.
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 decision, stating that you have become a Dutch citizen, will also be issued to you.
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.
You are an adult when you are 18 years or older. Or from the moment that you have married even if this was before you were 18 years old.
The Kingdom of the Netherlands consists of The Netherlands, Aruba, Curaçao and Sint Maarten. And 3 special municipalities: Bonaire, Sint Eustatius and Saba.
You are a minor when your are younger than 18 years old.
Are you younger than 18, but married? You are no longer a minor.