Becoming a Dutch citizen in the UK

You can become a Dutch citizen in various ways: automatically (by birth or acknowledgement), by applying for naturalisation or by applying through the option procedure.

1. Automatically (by birth or acknowledgement)

You can check the website of the Dutch Immigration and Naturalisation Service (IND) for information about becoming a Dutch citizen automatically by birth or acknowledgement.

2. Naturalisation

If you are married to or have a civil (or registered) partnership with a Dutch national you may be able to apply for Dutch nationality. You have to meet a number of conditions. You cannot apply for naturalisation if you are living in the country of which you are a citizen. This means that a British citizen cannot apply for naturalisation if he/she is living in the UK.

The conditions and application procedure are outlined in the brochure Hoe kunt u Nederlander worden in het buitenland? (only available in Dutch).

Naturalisation exam

You must pass a naturalisation exam (in Dutch: inburgeringsexamen voor naturalisatie) unless you are exempt from this requirement. The brochure Inburgeringsexamen: voorwaarde voor naturalisatie in het buitenland (only available in Dutch) provides more information on the exam. You can also find the exemptions in this brochure. 

You can either take the naturalisation exam in the Netherlands or at a Dutch embassy abroad. If you wish to take the exam in the Netherlands you have to register with DUO.

If you live in the UK and wish to take the exam at the Dutch embassy in London you have to register for the exam in person at the embassy. Please send an email to lon-cons@minbuza.nl to make an appointment to register. Your passport has to be valid for at least six months on the date of registration. You have to pay the exam fee (currently €350 for a full exam) when you register. The embassy sends your registration to DUO. DUO will set the date and time for the exam.

Make an appointment

Have you passed the naturalisation exam and do you also meet the other conditions for naturalisation? Once you have all the necessary documents (only available in Dutch) you can make an appointment to lodge your application. You have to do this in the country where you live. If you live in the UK you can make an appointment by sending an email to lon-cons@minbuza.nl.

3. Option procedure

There are various situations in which you can apply for Dutch nationality by way of a so-called option statement. You can check if you are eligible to apply on the website of the Dutch Immigration and Naturalisation Service (IND).

Most common types of option statements

  1. You were born to a Dutch mother before 1 January 1985. At the time of your birth your father did not have the Dutch nationality.
    Children cannot be included in this application. In certain situations, the child can submit an application once the parent has acquired Dutch nationality under this section.
  2. Your father or mother has become a Dutch citizen via the option procedure under 1. or was eligible to apply under 1. but has passed away.
  3. a) Your Dutch father acknowledged paternity between 1 April 2003 and 1 March 2009. At the time of the acknowledgement you were under the age of seven.
    b) Your Dutch father acknowledged paternity between 1 April 2003 and 1 March 2009. At the time of the acknowledgement you were still a minor. You submit a DNA-test (compliant with the Dutch requirements) confirming that he is your biological father with your application.
    c) Your Dutch father married your non-Dutch mother between 1 April 2003 and 1 March 2009 when you were still a minor. You were legitimated by the marriage.

You are not eligible if you have acquired Dutch nationality via an option statement before. Furthermore, you must not have received a prison sentence, training or community service order or paid a large fine for a criminal offence in the last 4 years. Nor may there be any criminal proceedings  against you.

These are the most common types of option statements for people living outside the Netherlands. It is not a full listing.

Application process

If you think you are eligible for an option statement and you are living in the UK, you can submit your application at the Dutch embassy in London (by appointment only). It is important that you bring all the required documents for your application with you at the time of your appointment. You may have to make a new appointment if you do not have all the necessary documents.

  • Application 1 (6.1.i RWN): If you are a British citizen and you were born in the UK, you'll have to fill out this application form (only available in Dutch). In this checklist you can find the documents you will need to prepare for your application. Otherwise, please follow the instructions elsewhere on this website.
  • Application 2 (6.1.k RWN): If your father/mother has become a Dutch citizen via an option under 1. there are several application forms: the application form for children 1 - 15, the application form for children 16 and 17 or the capplication form for applicants aged 18 or older (all only available in Dutch).
    On this checklist you will find the documents you will need to prepare for your application.
    Please contact the embassy by sending an email to lon-cons@minbuza.nl if your father or mother passed away before he/she could become a Dutch citizen under 1.
  • Application 3 (article II): If one of the three situations applies to you, you'll have to fill out this application form (only available in Dutch). Information on the documents you'll need to prepare can be found on this checklist.

Make an appointment

Applications to become a Dutch citizen via the option procedure have to be made in person. Once you have gathered all the required documents you can make an appointment for applications under 1. and 2. via the online appointment system.

To make an appointment for an application under 3. please send an email to lon-cons@minbuza.nl with a scan of your birth certificate and, if applicable, your parents’ marriage certificate.

Lodging the application

Complete the application forms at home. The forms to complete depend on the type of application and your age. Do not date and sign them yet. This has to be done at the embassy.

If you are under the age of 18, the application must be made and signed by a person with parental responsibility. If you are 16 or older, you will have to attend in person.

The application - or option - fee is a non-refundable processing fee. The fee has to be paid when the application is lodged.

Declaration of solidarity / naturalisation ceremony

If you are aged 16 or older you will have to make a declaration of solidarity. This declaration has to be made during the naturalisation ceremony. You have to attend the ceremony within 1 year of the date of the approval of the application otherwise the approval lapses.

Dual citizenship?

There is no obligation to renounce your current citizenship when applying to become a Dutch citizen by way of one of the option statements described above. However, your country’s citizenship law may have restrictions on dual citizenship. You are therefore advised to contact the authorities of your country to check if this is the case.