Can I become a naturalised Dutch citizen abroad?

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If you want to become a naturalised Dutch citizen abroad, you must meet certain conditions. For instance, you must not be a national of the country where you live. And you must pass the naturalisation test.

Conditions for naturalisation

You can become a naturalised Dutch citizen abroad only if one of the following situations applies to you: 

  • You have been married to or in a registered partnership with a Dutch national for at least 3 years. You can prove that you have lived with your Dutch partner for at least 3 years.
  • You have previously held Dutch nationality.

In addition, you must meet all of the following conditions:

If you have children, you can also apply for your children to become naturalised Dutch citizens.

Documents required for naturalisation 

If you want to apply for naturalisation, you must present at least the following documents:

  • a valid passport 
  • your birth certificate 
  • your marriage certificate 
  • proof that you do not live in the country of your nationality (e.g. residence permit) 
  • civic integration certificate, which is issued when you pass your naturalisation test.  
Attention: Documents from certain countries must first be legalised to show that a document has been issued by the correct organisation. Legalisation is usually done in the country where the document originates. In some cases you also need a sworn translation of the document. This is an official translation.
Check whether your documents must be legalised and translated

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