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:
- you are 18 or older
- you have passed the naturalisation test
- you are not a national of the country where you live
- you meet the conditions for a Dutch residence permit for non-temporary purposes of stay
- you have not committed a criminal offence in the past 5 years
- if necessary, you are prepared to renounce your current nationality
- you are prepared to attend the naturalisation ceremony and take the citizenship pledge.
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.
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If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.