Netherlands Worldwide

Becoming a Dutch citizen abroad

There are 3 ways to become a Dutch citizen outside the Netherlands: by birth or acknowledgement, through the option procedure and through naturalisation. 

If your mother or father is Dutch, you may automatically be Dutch by birth or the acknowledgement of parentage. Certain conditions apply. If you do not meet these conditions or have lost your Dutch nationality, you may be able to acquire Dutch citizenship through the option procedure. Or if your partner is Dutch, you may be able to acquire Dutch citizenship through naturalisation.