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With effect from 1 May 2018, Dutch citizenship can only be obtained if in the 5 years immediately prior to the filing of a naturalization request or an option statement - or the decision thereon- there has been no criminal offense, the sanctioning of a crime or the enforcement of such a sanction. This term is currently 4 years.

Public order objections concern custodial sentences or measures, learning- or community service penalties, or (large) fines, imposed in the Netherlands or abroad.

Any fines should not exceed an amount of €810, or in case of multiple fines, an amount of €405 each; the total amount of the multiple fines should not exceed €1,215.

For naturalization requests or option declarations dating from before 1 May 2018, the term of 4 years for public order objections still applies.

For more information please consult the Decree of the State Secretary for Justice and Security or contact Hermie de Voer or Mirjam den Besten.

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