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Obtain Citizenship in the Netherlands

Updated on Friday 15th September 2017

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Obtain-Citizenship-in-the-NetherlandsThere are three ways of obtaining the Dutch citizenship:

  • -          by law,
  • -          by naturalization,
  • -          by option.

The simplest way of obtaining a Dutch passport is by law because it implies having one or both parents Dutch citizens. Also children born in the Netherlands after 1985 having at least one Dutch parent will automatically become citizens of Holland. Foreign women can also obtain Dutch passports by marring a Dutch citizen.

Foreign citizens such as investors residing in the Netherlands for long periods of time can also apply for Dutch citizenship (Netherlands citizenship by investment)

Obtaining a Dutch passport by naturalization

In order to obtain citizenship in the Netherlands by naturalization, foreign citizens must fulfill certain conditions. Among these are:

  • -          they must be at least 18 years of age,
  • -          they must have lived in the Netherlands or Dutch territories for an uninterrupted period of five years,
  • -          they must have a valid Dutch permanent residence permit or a residence permit for non-temporary use,
  • -          they must speak Dutch,
  • -          they must have followed integration courses and passed a civic integration exam,
  • -          they must have a clean criminal record for the past four years,
  • -          they are ready to renounce their current nationality.

There are also exceptions that allow foreign citizens to keep their current nationality and still apply for a Dutch passport. You can ask our Dutch consultants about exceptions when applying for citizenship in the Netherlands.

Citizenship by option in the Netherlands

The last way of obtaining Dutch citizenship is by option. In this case foreign citizens are subject to one of the following eligibility criteria for obtaining a Dutch passport by naturalization:

  • -          they must be at least 18 of age and born in the Netherlands or on Dutch territories,
  • -          they must have been born in the Netherlands, lived in the country for at least three years before leaving the country and had no other citizenship,
  • -          they must be 18 of age and have lived in the Netherlands since they were 4,
  • -          they must be 18 of age and former Dutch citizenship,
  • -          they must have been married to a Dutch citizen for at least three years and lived the in country for at least 15 years,
  • -          they must be 65 of age and have lived in the Netherlands for at least 15 years,
  • -          they were adopted by a Dutch citizen and were brought to the country for at least 3 years.

Obtaining Netherlands citizenship by investment

Foreign enterprisers who want to move to this country can also obtain a Dutch passport by investment. In order to enter the citizenship by investment program in the Netherlands, a foreign citizen must invest at least 1,250,000 euros in one of the following situations:

  • -          by opening an innovative business;
  • -          by entering a contractual venture;
  • -          by investing the money in a fund acknowledged by the Ministry of Economic Affairs;
  • -          by investing in a fund belonging to the Cooperation of Participation Society in the Netherlands.

The amount must be deposited in a Dutch bank. Additionally, the investment must bring a significant contribution to the economy.

Our local agents can offer more information on how  to obtain Netherlands citizenship by investment.

Considering the legislation allowing a foreign citizen to gain Dutch citizenship is quite comprehensive, you can contact us in order to find out all its requirements. You can also ask for the services of our agents if you want to open a company in the Netherlands and obtain Netherlands citizenship by investment. 

 

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