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  • Dual nationality, privilege or choice?

    Dual nationality gets a fair bit of media attention lately. In recent news several Moroccan-Dutch citizens asked political support for their right to renounce their Moroccan nationality. At the same time a majority of the House of Representatives proposed a Brexit-emergency law that will allow Dutch citizens in the UK to keep their Dutch nationality in case they obtain the British nationality. How does that work?

  • Naturalization, not with a Chavez-Vilchez residence permit?

    Today, 4 April 2019, the Dutch Government Gazette published an amendment on the Handbook for the Dutch Citizenship Act 2003.

  • Policy change for RANOV permit holders

    Since 1 November 2021, holders of a residence permit on the basis of the Settlement of the Former Aliens Act Estate Scheme (RANOV) do not have to provide a passport or birth certificate when filing a naturalization request. If there is reasonable doubt about the alleged identity and nationality of the RANOV permit holder, the naturalization request may still be rejected. Similarly, if there is doubt about the alleged identity and nationality of a parent, the naturalization request of the now adult child may be rejected.

     On 31 October 2022, State Secretary of Justice and Security announced a policy change based on a memorandum from the Directorate General of the Immigration and Naturalization Service (IND).

  • Senate strikes down proposal to extend naturalization period to 7 years

    On 3 October 2017, the Senate of the Dutch Parliament struck down the legislative proposal amending the Dutch Citizenship Act.

  • SZW fines control: standard fine is excessive according to the high administrative court

    On December 14, 2016, in a procedure concerning fines imposed by the Inspectorate of Social Affairs and Employment (SZW or labor inspection) on the grounds of the Foreign Nationals Employment Act (Wav), the high court determined that the standard amount for violating Article 15 of the Wav was set too high by the Minister of SZW.