What nationality does my child have?

The nationality your child acquires at birth depends on the nationality of you and your partner.

Choose your situation

Acquiring Dutch nationality after birth

If your child did not automatically acquire Dutch nationality at birth, they can in some cases still become a Dutch citizen. 

Dual nationality

Depending on your situation, your child may have two or more nationalities at birth.
If one of the parents is not a Dutch citizen, your child may also acquire that parent’s nationality at birth. This varies by country. Find out more about this from the authorities of the country in question.

In a few countries, including the United States, a child born there automatically acquires the nationality of that country, regardless of the nationality of you and your partner.

Applying for a Dutch passport for your child

If your child is a Dutch national, you can apply for a Dutch passport or identity document for them.

If your child automatically acquired Dutch nationality at birth, you do not have to apply for a passport or ID card for your child in order to secure Dutch nationality for them.


If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.