Becoming a Dutch Citizen

You wish to become a Dutch citizen. There are different ways for this: automatically by birth or acknowledgement, or by means of naturalisation or option.


New fees for naturalisation and option as of 1 January 2019

- ​With effect from 1 January 2019, the fees for naturalisation and option will change:

Visiting an IND-desk only possible by appointment

- ​Would you like to visit one of the IND desks? To make use of the products and services at the IN...

Term application Dutch citizenship after an offence from four to five years

- ​As of 1 May 2018 the rehabilitation term is extended from four to five years.

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  • If you do not have a passport and/or birth certificate, you may possibly appeal to 'lack of documentary evidence'.
  • Did you lose the Publication of the granting of Dutch citizenship? You can then request your municipality to provide a Certificate of having Dutch Citizenship.
  • When you apply for naturalisation or option, you only apply for the Dutch nationality. Only once you have become a Dutch citizen, you can then request for a Dutch passport or identity document from the municipality or Dutch representation.