Applying for a Dutch nationality certificate if you live in China

If you are a Dutch national living in China, you can apply for a Dutch nationality certificate. You must provide a number of documents with your application. The documents you need depend on your personal situation.

You can use a Dutch nationality certificate to prove that you are a Dutch national. Or to retain your Dutch nationality.

Check if you need a Dutch nationality certificate

Step 1: Create a personal checklist

When you apply for a Dutch nationality certificate, it is important that you provide the right documents. So you should first fill in the personal checklist for you or your child. Then you’ll know what documents you need.

Please note: In Step 2, you will see whether there are additional document requirements in the country you live in.

Generate your personal checklist by answering a maximum of 10 questions:

At the moment the information of the personal checklist is only available in Dutch. Due to the Coronavirus publication of this information in English has been delayed.

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  • Your foreign documents may need to be legalised.
  • If your document was not drawn up in Dutch, English, French, German or Spanish, you should have it translated by a sworn translator.
  • You may be asked to provide additional documents.

Step 2: Check the additional requirements/information.

Your documents may need to meet additional requirements in a given country. Below you can find out about the requirements for China.

Proof of legal residence

You must provide proof of legal residence in the country where you live. In China, you can do this by providing one of the following documents:

  • a valid visa and supporting documents;
  • a valid residence permit;
  • if you also hold the Chinese nationality: a valid Chinese passport or ID card.

Birth certificates issued by Chinese hospitals are valid

Hospital-issued birth certificates are not generally accepted. Medical birth certificates issued in China are an exception to this rule. Children born in China after 1996 are issued with such a certificate by the hospital or midwife. In China, the certificate serves as valid proof of birth and you can use it when applying for a passport. You must have the certificate legalised and translated.

Step 3: Apply for a certificate

Find out below how to submit your application.

How do you apply for a certificate?

Send a scanned copy of all the required documents and proof of payment to verklaringnederlanderschap@247bz.nl.

How much will it cost?

A Dutch nationality certificate costs €30 per certificate. Please transfer the total amount in euros (EUR) to:

Bank details
Bank name ING Bank N.V.
Address bank Financial Plaza, Bijlmerdreef 109
Postal code bank 1102 BW
Bank location

Amsterdam

Account holder Ministerie van Buitenlandse Zaken (Ministry of Foreign Affairs)
Address Rijnstraat 8
Postal code 2515 XP
Location Den Haag (The Hague)
IBAN NL57 INGB 0705 0010 08
BIC INGBNL2A

Important! When making the transfer please state the following: VBN - <your initials and last name> - <your country of residence>.

For example: VBN - PJ Janssen - Spain

Remember to attach proof of payment to your email.

How long will it take?

The average processing time for applications is 3 weeks. If you are asked to send additional documents, processing may take up to 8 weeks. You will receive the certificate digitally by email.

Contact

If you have any problems, you can ask questions using the contact form