There are 3 ways to become a Dutch citizen:
The quickest and cheapest way is the option procedure. This procedure takes 3 months. With the option procedure you must submit an application to your municipality. Whether you can go through the option procedure depends on your personal circumstances.
If you do not qualify for the option procedure, you can become a Dutch citizen through naturalisation. This procedure can take up to 1 year. The naturalisation request must also be submitted through your municipality. The IND will then assess your application. If you meet all the conditions, the King decides to grant the Dutch nationality.
It depends on your personal situation:
We are happy to give you personal advice. You can fill in the form via the 'Online regelen' button below or contact us by phone via the telephone number 14 0492. You will receive a letter stating which procedure you are eligible for and what is important to you, within two weeks.
The costs for an option procedure are:
The costs for an application for naturalization are:
Are you stateless? Or do you have an asylum residence permit (documents III or IV)? Then the naturalization costs are:
You have to pay the cost when you submit your application. You will not get any money if your application is refused.
If you disagree with the decision regarding your option application, you can object. This should be done within 6 weeks. Do you then disagree with the decision on the notice of objection? You can then appeal to the court.
You can object to the decision regarding your naturalization application at the Immigration and Naturalization Service (IND).