Dutch citizenship and permanent residence permit

Naturalisation and permanent residence permit

Foreign nationals who stay in the Netherlands for a certain period of time may be eligible for a permanent residence permit or may apply for a Dutch passport. This allows you or your family member to perpetuate your stay in the Netherlands.

In order to be eligible for a permanent residence permit, you must have resided legally and continuously in the Netherlands for at least five years. If you have resided in the Netherlands for five years on the basis of a non-temporary right of residence you may qualify for the more favourable EU permanent residence permit for long-term residents. For both the ‘regular’ permanent residence permit and the EU permanent residence permit you must have a certain income and you must have passed the civic integration examination, barring exceptions.

Dutch citizenship can be obtained in two ways: via naturalisation and via the option procedure. For naturalisation, you must – barring exceptions – have resided lawfully in the Netherlands for at least five years without interruption and you must have passed the civic integration examination. In certain cases, you will have to give up your other nationality. The option procedure is available for people who already have certain ties with the Netherlands. For example, people who were born in the Netherlands, but have lost their Dutch citizenship at some point in time, or people who have been living in the Netherlands for a considerable period of time. The option procedure is a faster procedure than the naturalisation procedure, the civic integration examination does not have to be taken and in most cases you do not have to give up your other nationality.

We guide the application procedures and advise on integration requirements, dual nationalities and special circumstances, such as, for example, a “residence gap” or the impossibility of taking the civic integration examination. Are you a Dutch citizen and are you applying for another nationality? Then you can also consult us for advice.

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