Netherlands Worldwide

Applying for a Dutch nationality certificate if you live in Palau

If you are a Dutch national living in Palau, 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.

If you are applying for a certificate in order to keep your Dutch nationality, first read Can I automatically lose my Dutch nationality?’

How you apply for the certificate depends on your situation:

  • I have never held a Dutch passport or ID card: you cannot apply for a Dutch nationality certificate. This also applies to children who do not yet have a Dutch passport or ID card. (You can, however, apply for a Dutch passport or ID card if you wish.)
  • My Dutch passport or ID card has expired: you can apply for a Dutch nationality certificate but you must submit your application by registered post. Find out below how to do that.
  • I have a valid Dutch passport or ID card: you can apply for a Dutch nationality certificate online. Find out below how to do that.

Find out more about the situations in which you can apply for 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.

Attention:

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:

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

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 the Palau.

Proof of legal residence

You must provide proof of legal residence in the country where you live in Palau, 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 nationality of  Palau: a valid passport or ID card of Palau.

First-time application

If you have never previously held a Dutch passport or ID card, and you are bringing with you a birth certificate or marriage certificate that was issued on Palau, you must have the document legalised.

Do you have a document from another country? Then check whether it needs to be legalised.

Step 3: Apply for a certificate

Find out below how to submit your application.

Any questions?

In case you have a question, you can send an email via the contact form.