You are a former Dutch citizen when you have had the Dutch nationality at one point. You have lost your Dutch nationality.
As a former Dutch citizen, you can regain Dutch nationality in 2 ways:
If you want to become a Dutch citizen again, you can contact the following authorities (depending on your place of residence):
In order to qualify for naturalisation, you must meet the following conditions:
In order to qualify for the option procedure, you must meet the following conditions:
The following categories also qualify for option:
What documents do you need?
Other documents may also be needed, such as a marriage certificate or a certificate of registered partnership.
Foreign documents must often be legalised and translated before they can be used in the Netherlands.
Do you have no passport and/or birth certificate and are you not exempt from this? Then you may possibly appeal to ‘lack of documentary evidence’.
You submit the application for naturalisation or complete the option statement in the municipality where you live. You also fill out a form stating that you will make the declaration of solidarity. You will make this statement during the naturalisation ceremony.
If you must renounce your current nationality/nationalities, you sign a statement for this.
Children from the age of 16 can decide for themselves whether or not they want to become a Dutch citizen. Children between the age of 12 and 16 will be asked to give their opinion on becoming a Dutch citizen. The parent not applying for the option or the naturalisation will also be asked to give his or her opinion (regardless of the child's age). If, in this case, the parent not applying for the naturalisation and the child are both of the opinion that the child need not become a Dutch citizen, the child will not be naturalised. If only the child or one of the parents are of this opinion, the government will decide if the child should become a Dutch citizen or not.Minors are allowed to keep their current nationality if one or both parents become a Dutch citizen, unless the legislation of the country of their current nationality/nationalities provides otherwise.
During the naturalisation procedure, the municipality, the Dutch embassy or consulate, the Caribbean Netherlands unit of the IND or the Cabinet of the Governor will check if you meet all the conditions for naturalisation and will give advice to the IND. They will send 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.
During the option procedure, the municipality, the Dutch embassy or consulate, the Caribbean Netherlands unit of the IND or the Cabinet of the Governor will check if you meet all the conditions. They must make a decision within a period of 13 weeks.
The municipality, the Dutch representation, the Lieutenant Governor or the Cabinet of the Governor will organise the naturalisation ceremony. During this ceremony the meaning of becoming a Dutch citizen is highlighted.
You are obligated to attend the ceremony. Was your child, when submitting the application for naturalisation, 16 years of age or older? Then he is also obligated to attend 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 attend 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 Dutch nationality.