Applying to become a Dutch citizen via the option procedure

If you or one of your parents was born before 1 January 1985 to a Dutch mother and a non-Dutch father, you can apply for Dutch nationality via an option statement. How you can arrange this depends on your situation.

What is an option statement?

There are various ways of becoming a Dutch citizen. One way of becoming a Dutch citizen is via the option procedure. This involves you providing a statement about your Dutch origins. You must also submit various supporting documents The embassy or consulate will sign the statement and hold a ceremony, thereby officially confirming that you are a Dutch citizen.

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You were born before 1 January 1985 to a Dutch mother and a non-Dutch father

Applying on behalf of a minor aged from 1 to 15

Applying on behalf of a minor aged 16 or 17

You are 18 or over and have a parent who has become a Dutch citizen via the option procedure

Where can you apply?

You can submit your application in person at the Dutch embassy or consulate-general in the region where you live. Make sure you have submitted all the necessary documents.

Make an appointment

You can make an online appointment to visit the embassy or consulate in your region.

How long will it take?

Your application will be processed within 13 weeks. This period may be extended once by a maximum of 13 weeks.

How much will it cost?

You will need to pay the relevant consular fee. You can pay at the desk on the day you apply.