You want to be a dutch citizen, find out how can do it.

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You want to be a dutch citizen then apply for naturalization process and get an approval from the King.

When can you apply for naturalization?
The following conditions should meet in order to apply for the naturalization process.
1. You have lived in Netherlands for continuous 5 years without a gap.
2. You have a valid resident permit.
3. You are integrated which means have civic integration diploma (level A2). See our blog here for more details on diploma.
4. You are ready to renounce your current nationality.

What are the documents needed?
1. Inburgering diploma
2. A valid Resident Permit
3. A valid Passport
4. Marriage Certificate(if doing it together as a family)
5. A birth certificate (if it is not already in the system of IND)
6. A proof for living together with dutch citizen for more than 3 years (if applicable)

How can you apply?
Call Gemeente and take an appointment for the naturalization process. Bring all the above documents with you at the time of appointment.

What are the costs?
Naturalization for 1 person costs Eur 901.
Naturalization together with a partner Eur 1150
Children under 18 together with a parent costs Eur 133

You can have a look at the prices here.

How long does it take for naturalization process?
Once you submit the application, IND will check if you meet all the conditions and make a decision. The IND has to make the decision within a period of 12 months.
If the decision is positive, you will receive a letter from IND with more information. Following that, you will also get an invitation from Gemeente to attend the naturalization ceremony.

What is naturalization ceremony?
During the ceremony, you have to take an oath to become a dutch citizen. You will not become a dutch citizen until you go to the ceremony and make the declaration of solidarity.
If you cannot attend the first ceremony, you will get an invitation for a next ceremony. You must attend the ceremony within 1 year following the decision. If you fail to do so, you will not receive Dutch nationality. After 1 year, you will need to submit a new application to become a Dutch citizen.
However during Covid-19 situation, Gemeente will send a letter at your home address to take an oath. You are required to fill the form, sign it and send it back to the Gemeente in order to take the oath.

When can I apply for the dutch passport?
Once you take the oath, you will receive a king’s declaration and then you can proceed for the application of dutch passport. Follow the blog on the steps for applying the dutch passport.

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