Renouncing your nationality

Last update: 23 May 2022

When you become a Dutch citizen, you must renounce the nationality you now have. This means that you give up that nationality.

Please note! Do you have more than one nationality? The information on this page applies to each nationality you have.

Renouncing nationality is required for naturalisation

Are you aged 18 or older? Then after naturalisation you must renounce your other nationality. The Dutch government wants to limit double or dual nationalities. This is because it is not always clear what your rights and obligations are if you have more than one nationality. The rights and obligations of your other nationality may conflict with those of Dutch nationality.

Renouncement often not required for option

Will you become a Dutch citizen through the option procedure? Then you can often keep your other nationality. Are you applying to become Dutch by option because you have lived in the Kingdom of the Netherlands since your fourth birthday? Then you do have to renounce your other nationality.

Exceptions: when you do not have to renounce your nationality

Under Dutch law, you may sometimes keep your other nationality. Then the IND will not ask you to renounce your other nationality. If you want, you can still decide to give it up.

After naturalisation or option procedure you do not have to renounce your nationality in the following situations:

  • You are married to a Dutch citizen. Or you are the registered partner of a Dutch citizen.
  • You have an asylum residence permit.
  • You were born in the Kingdom of the Netherlands and you also live here now. It is not necessary for you to have always lived in the Kingdom of the Netherlands. The Kingdom of the Netherlands consists of the Netherlands, , Aruba, Curaçao and Sint Maarten. And 3 special municipalities: Bonaire, Sint Eustatius and Saba.
  • You have the nationality of a country that the Netherlands has not recognised. For example, Taiwan or the Palestinian Territories.

Please note: sometimes you lose your other nationality automatically when you become a Dutch citizen. This depends on the rules of the country of your nationality.

Country list: rules per nationality

Under Dutch law you must renounce your other nationality if you can. Most countries allow you to renounce your nationality. But sometimes this is not possible, according to the law or government of that country. Then the IND will not ask you to give up your nationality. Sometimes you automatically lose your other nationality when you become a Dutch citizen.

Renouncing your nationality: how does it work?

Can you renounce your nationality under the rules of the country of your nationality? And no exception applies to you under Dutch law? Then you must renounce your nationality after you become a Dutch citizen.

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  • 1. Look into what it will mean for you

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  • 2. Find out how to renounce your nationality

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  • 3. Make a statement with your application for naturalisation

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  • 4. Make sure we can reach you: let us know if your address changes

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  • 5. Applying to renounce your nationality

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  • 6. Send proof of your request to renounce your nationality

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  • 7. Send a copy of proof of renouncing your nationality

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Revoking of Dutch nationality

Do you have to renounce your other nationality, but you do not do this? Then the IND can revoke your Dutch nationality.

Read more about loss or revoking of Dutch nationality.