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Obtain Citizenship in the Netherlands

Updated on Thursday 14th April 2016

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Obtain-Citizenship-in-the-NetherlandsThere are three ways of obtaining 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 has at least one Dutch parent will automatically become a citizen 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

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 of age,
  • -          they must have lived in the Netherlands or Dutch territories for an uninterrupted period of 5 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 4 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 specialists about exceptions when applying for citizenship in the Netherlands.

Citizenship by option in the Netherlands

The last way of obtaining Dutch citizenship is be option. In this case foreign citizens are subject to one of the following eligibility criteria than 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 3 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 citizens,
  • -          they must have been married to a Dutch citizen for at least 3 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.

Considering the legislation allowing a foreign citizen to gain Dutch citizenship is quite comprehensive you can contact us in order 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.

 

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