Regaining Dutch citizenship

Last update: 11 May 2022

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


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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