Applying for Dutch nationality

Spouses and registered or civil partners of Dutch nationals can apply for Dutch nationality if they meet a number of conditions. The conditions and application procedure are outlined in the brochure Hoe kunt u Nederlander worden in het buitenland? (only available in the Dutch language).

Naturalisation exam
In order to be able to submit an application for Dutch nationality, the applicant must have passed a naturalisation exam ('inburgeringsexamen voor naturalisatie'). The brochure Inburgeringsexamen: voorwaarde voor naturalisatie in het buitenland (only available in the Dutch language) provides more information on the test. Please contact the Embassy by telephone if you would like to register to take the test at the Embassy. The test can also be taken in the Netherlands, even if you are living abroad (see

Preparing for the naturalisation exam
Click here for more information on learning Dutch as a second language. Examples of exams are available on

Regaining Dutch nationality
In certain situations it will be possible for a former Dutch national to regain his/her Dutch nationality, either by way of naturalisation or by way of a so-called 'optieverklaring' (until 1 April 2013). Further information is availabe in the brochure How can you regain your Dutch citizenship?

Changes in Dutch nationality law
Since 1 October 2010, children born before 1 January 1985 to a Dutch mother and a non-Dutch father can apply for Dutch nationality. The applicant must not have been registered as a Dutch national before ('niet eerder door optie het Nederlanderschap verkregen') and the applicant's conduct should not raise serious concerns that he/she presents a danger to public order, morality or the security of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. The application has to be lodged in the country of residence. If you are living in the UK and would like further information about this subject, please send an email to [email protected] listing your full name, date and place of birth.