If your child is born in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), you must register the birth in the UAE. If you live in the Netherlands, you must also register the birth in the Netherlands. You cannot acknowledge parentage of a child in the UAE, but you can in the Netherlands.
Registering a birth
You must always register the birth of your child in the country where they were born. How you register a birth varies by country. If you live in the Netherlands and your child was born abroad, you must also register the birth in the Netherlands.
If your child is born in the UAE, you must register the birth there. The hospital will issue a birth notification for your child. You can use this birth notification to get a birth certificate for your child from the UAE’s Ministry of Health & Prevention. The birth certificate is proof that your child’s birth has been registered.
Register of births at the consulate-general
You can also have the birth of your child recorded in the register of births at the consulate-general in Dubai. This can only be done within 30 days of the birth.
Send scanned copies of the following documents to the Dutch embassy in the UAE within 21 days of your child’s birth:
- Birth notification from the hospital stating the exact time of birth
- Birth certificate and a translation
- The personal details page of both parents’ passports, the page with their citizen service number (BSN) and the page with their visa for the UAE
- An extract from the marriage certificate (not older than one year).
Email the scanned copies of the above documents to email@example.com.
After the consulate-general in Dubai has received the necessary documents, you will get an appointment to submit your application. Bring the originals of the documents above with you to your appointment. In accordance with Dutch law, the consulate-general will register your child with their given name(s) and surname, assuming that the father and/or mother has a surname. These names will appear in the child’s Dutch passport. The birth certificate issued in the UAE will then be added to the register of the consulate-general in Dubai.
If you live outside the Netherlands, you can have the birth certificate from the UAE converted into a Dutch birth certificate at the municipality of The Hague’s Foreign Documents Department. This is not mandatory, but it can be useful if you ever need an extract from the birth certificate in the future. Having the document converted does not take care of your child’s registration in the Non residents Records Database (RNI).
If you live in the Netherlands, you must also register the birth with the municipality where you live, using the foreign birth certificate. Do this as soon as possible once you return to the Netherlands. The municipality will then process your and your child’s details in the Personal Records Database (BRP).
Other important information
If you have a legalised UAE birth certificate for your child, you can apply for a travel document for them. Birth certificates from the UAE don’t differentiate between surnames and given names. Instead, they give a chain of names. The full chain of names appears as the surname on the Dutch travel document, and nothing is filled in under given names.
The personal details page of the child’s passport will then read as follows:
- Surname: [chain of names that appears on the UAE birth certificate]
- Given names: ---
If you want your child’s surname and given names stated separately on their travel document, you must first have their surname registered with Justis. There is no cost for this.
What you need when applying to have a name registered
- A completed application form for changing/registering a surname. Under ‘type of request’ (type verzoek) at the top of the page tick the box for NV (naamsvaststelling).
- An original, certified official copy of the long-form foreign birth certificate.
- A statement of agreement from the parent whose surname the child will take.
- A copy of both parents’ passports.
- A copy of the child’s passport or identity document.
If the birth certificate is not in Dutch, English, French or German, you must have it translated and legalised.
Acknowledging parentage of a child
You cannot acknowledge parentage of a child in the United Arab Emirates.
If you live in the Netherlands or if you are Dutch and live abroad, you can always acknowledge parentage in the Netherlands of your child born in the UAE. You can do this at the municipality or a notary. You can also authorise someone to do this in the Netherlands on your behalf. To do this, you must get a notary to draw up a power of attorney. You cannot acknowledge parentage of your child at a Dutch embassy or consulate-general.
Acknowledging parentage does not automatically grant you parental responsibility for your child.
Find out more about acknowledging parentage in the Netherlands on Government.nl.
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