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There are 3 ways to obtain Dutch nationality: through naturalization, through an option procedure or through birth from a Dutch father or mother.

The Dutch Citizenship Act is complicated; whether and how you may acquire Dutch nationality is different in each individual case. Many rules and exceptions must be taken into account. Our nationality desk lawyers are experts in matters like naturalization, dual nationality and option procedures. They can advise you, assist with the application for Dutch citizenship or represent you during an objection appeal or confirmation procedure.

To diplomats, employees at a consulate or at an international organization (summarized as the privileged) other rules apply.  

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Loss of Dutch citizenship can happen automatically, sometimes even without you knowing it. Dutch citizenship can also be revoked. 

Regaining Dutch citizenship is a laborious process and not always possible. It is wise to contact one of our lawyers for tailored advice.

Automatic loss of Dutch citizenship can happen if you:

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No Dutch passport despite new rules

Since the introduction of new rules for pardon permit holders on November 1st, 2021, a dozen or so applicants have been refused a Dutch passport. According to Vera Kidjan, this number will probably increase in the coming months.

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Dual nationality in coalition agreement

The new coalition agreement contains a paragraph on dual nationality and retention of Dutch citizenship.

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Option and Naturalization Fees 2022

Application fees for Dutch citizenship requests, by naturalization or option, are revised annually. As of 1 January 2022, the IND charges the following amounts:

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8000 'pardon permit' holders to receive letter

More than 8000 holders of a Ranov ('pardon') residence permit can expect to receive a letter from IND over the next few days.

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Pardon permit holders to get Dutch passport at last

On July 7th 2021, it was announced that the 10.000 ‘pardon’ permit holders and their children will be exempted from the document requirement and will finally be able to obtain Dutch citizenship. This is fantastic news for all the participants in our project ‘Naturalization without documents’ that Everaert Advocaten started in 2019.

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Policy change announced regarding naturalization of RANOV permit holders

On April 20th, a majority of the Dutch Parliament once again voted in favor of a motion to exempt RANOV permit holders from the requirement to provide a passport and birth certificate when filing a naturalization request. The government was asked to implement this motion without waiting for the research of the Research and Documentation Center (WODC).

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Further investigation into naturalization of RANOV permit holders

After a majority of the Parliament voted in favor of the motion on February 9, 2021 to exempt RANOV permit holders from the requirement to provide a passport and a birth certificate when filing a naturalization application, State Secretary Broekers-Knol stands by her policy.

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