Becoming a Dutch citizen

There are various ways of becoming a Dutch citizen: by birth or acknowledgement, through the option procedure or through naturalisation.

3 ways to become a Dutch citizen

1. Through birth or acknowledgement

If you are the child of Dutch parents or you were acknowledged by a Dutch parent, you can become a Dutch citizen. See the website of the IND for more information.

Are you a Dutch national and have you had a child outside the Netherlands with someone who has a different nationality? Read more about the birth of a child abroad and whether your child can receive Dutch nationality.

2. Option procedure

The option procedure is a fast and easy way of acquiring Dutch nationality. You can find out if you are eligible for the option procedure on the Immigration and Naturalisation Service (IND) website.

3. Naturalisation

If you are not eligible for the option procedure, you may be able to apply for naturalisation.

If you live abroad, you can submit your naturalisation application to a Dutch embassy or consulate-general.

Before you can apply for naturalisation, you must take the civic integration examination for naturalisation. You can take the exam at a Dutch embassy or consulate-general. Find out more about registering for and taking the naturalisation exam by visiting the ‘Civic integration examination for naturalisation’ page.

The conditions and procedure for becoming a Dutch citizen are explained on the Immigration and Naturalisation Service (IND) website IND website.

Making an appointment at an embassy or consulate

If you think you meet the conditions and you have the required documents, you can make an appointment at a Dutch embassy or consulate in your region.

The IND makes the final decision about whether you get Dutch nationality.

More information about Dutch nationality

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