You must meet the following conditions:
And have lived uninterruptedly in the Kingdom of the Netherlands for at least 5 years with a valid residence permit. You have always extended your residence permit on time. Your residence permit must be valid during the procedure. There are a number of exceptions to the 5-year rule.
Do you have the nationality of an EU/EEA country or Switzerland? You do not need a residence permit.
The 5 year-term starts counting from the moment that you:
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 should apply for a passport and/or birth certificate at the government of your country. You cannot do this? Or you cannot get a passport and/or birth certificate? Then you may possibly appeal to lack of documentary evidence. On the page Lack of documentary evidence you read more information on the lack of documentary evidence and how to get a passport and birth certificate.
A child under 18 cannot apply for Dutch citizenship by itself. An application can only be done by the parents or legal guardians.
However, your child under 18 can apply for Dutch citizenship together with you. You request the naturalisation of your child in your own application for naturalisation. You will receive a notification stating if your child will also receive Dutch nationality.
A child under 16 years of age must live in the Netherlands. And immediately before the application has a valid 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.
A child of 16 or 17 years old, immediately before to the application, has lived uninterruptedly in the Netherlands for at least 3 years. And has a valid 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 child must be present for the application. He must also indicate that he agrees with the application. A child of 16 or 17 years old must also take the declaration of solidarity and sign a declaration that he is willing to renounce his nationality.
Is the child under 18 years old when applying for naturalisation? But 18 years old when the IND decides on the naturalisation? Then the child cannot get Dutch nationality together with the parents.
Children up to 18 years old can keep their current nationality if one or both parent(s) become Dutch citizen. This does not apply when the laws of the country of the current nationality do not allow this.
Did your parents file an application for naturalisation for you when you were still a minor? But was this application rejected? Now you are 18 or older, you can submit a new application yourself.
You have lived for an uninterrupted period of at least 3 years in the Netherlands. You have a valid permanent residence permit. Or a temporary residence permit with a non-temporary purpose of stay. And you meet the other conditions for naturalisation.
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.
The Kingdom of the Netherlands consists of The Netherlands, Aruba, Curaçao and Sint Maarten. And 3 special municipalities: Bonaire, Sint Eustatius and Saba.