Regaining Dutch citizenship

Last update: 22 November 2023

You have lost your Dutch citizenship and want to regain it. Find out what the requirements are and how the process works.


When you lost Dutch citizenship, you can regain Dutch nationality in 2 ways:

  • By submitting an application for naturalisation as a Dutch citizen. 
  • Via the option procedure.
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  • Requirements for naturalisation

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Process and costs

These are the steps in the application process for naturalisation and option procedure:

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