The naturalisation ceremony is a festive gathering about the meaning of the Dutch nationality.
Naturalisation ceremony required from age 16
You are required to go to the naturalisation ceremony. If your child was 16 years old or older when the application for naturalisation was submitted, then the child is required to go to the naturalisation ceremony. And your child must also declare your solidarity there. Is your child under the age of 16? Then your child does not have to go, but may go to the ceremony.
Not present at the naturalisation ceremony
If you did not go to the naturalisation ceremony, you will receive an invitation to an upcoming ceremony. You must go to the ceremony within 1 year after the decision? You will not gain Dutch nationality if you don’t go. After 1 year, you will have to apply again to become a Dutch citizen.
Making a declaration of solidarity
You will become a Dutch citizen only if you have gone to the naturalisation ceremony and declare your solidarity. Here you declare that the laws of the Kingdom of the Netherlands also apply to you. You make the declaration of solidarity in person. If you do not make the declaration of solidarity, you cannot become a Dutch citizen.
At the naturalisation ceremony the naturalisation decision, stating that you have become a Dutch citizen, will be given to you.
Withdrawal of Dutch nationality
Have you been convicted of a serious offence? Or did you commit fraud when you applied for a residence permit or Dutch nationality? If so, this has serious consequences. Your Dutch citizenship can be withdrawn. This is possible until 12 years after you gained Dutch nationality.