Even if your child did not automatically acquire Dutch nationality at birth, you may still be able to apply for Dutch nationality for your child. This depends on your specific situation.
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Acknowledging parentage after birth
Even after your child is born you can still acknowledge parentage. If you acknowledge parentage, your child may be able to become a Dutch citizen. Whether this is possible depends on your specific situation.
When you acknowledge parentage of a child under 7, the child automatically acquires Dutch nationality. If your child is aged 7 or older but younger than 18, you must do a DNA test to prove that you are their biological father.
Becoming a Dutch citizen through the option procedure
If your child is under 18 and you have cared for and raised your child for at least 3 consecutive years, your child may be able to acquire Dutch nationality through the option procedure. You must submit the application on your child’s behalf.
If your child is 18 or older, different conditions for acquiring Dutch nationality through the option procedure apply. Children aged 18 and over must submit their own application.
Becoming a Dutch citizen through naturalisation
A parent who applies to become a Dutch citizen through naturalisation can include their minor children on their application.
- Find out what the conditions are for including your minor children in your application for naturalisation
Dutch nationality at birth
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.