Loss of Dutch nationality
You can lose your Dutch nationality if you voluntarily decide to take another nationality, or if for instance you committed fraud when acquiring Dutch nationality.
Loss of Dutch nationality: adults
Different rules for the loss of Dutch nationality apply to adults and minors.
If you are an adult, you will lose your Dutch nationality by:
- voluntarily taking another nationality;
- signing a declaration renouncing your Dutch nationality;
- voluntarily serving in the armed forces of a country that is engaged in armed conflict with the Netherlands or one of its allies;
- living outside the Netherlands, Aruba, Curaçao and St Maarten with dual nationality, and outside the areas to which the Treaty on European Union applies, for more than 10 years.
You can avoid the loss of your Dutch nationality in the following cases.
- If you have your principal residence for at least one year in the Netherlands (including Bonaire, Saba and St Eustatius), Aruba, Curaçao or St Maarten, or in an area to which the Treaty on European Union applies, you may retain your Dutch nationality.
- You may also retain your Dutch nationality if you obtain a valid Dutch passport or declaration of Dutch nationality (Verklaring omtrent het bezit van het Nederlanderschap) within ten years of being issued with a previous declaration of Dutch nationality or moving your principal residence outside the Netherlands (including Bonaire, Saba and St Eustatius) or the European Union.
- A new 10-year period begins on the day your passport or declaration of Dutch nationality was issued or at the time when you no longer have your principal residence in the Netherlands (including Bonaire, Saba and St Eustatius) or the European Union.
You can address questions on this subject to a Dutch embassy or consulate. Please bear in mind that issuing a passport can take several weeks.
Loss of Dutch nationality: minors
Minors can lose their Dutch nationality in cases involving:
- severing of family ties, unless one of the parents is a Dutch national
- denial of paternity;
- revocation of adoption;
- annulment of acknowledgment of paternity.
Loss of nationality on account of fraud
If fraud was committed during the option or naturalisation procedure, you may lose your Dutch nationality. The State Secretary for Security and Justice has the power to revoke Dutch nationality in cases of fraud. Fraud includes making a false declaration, practising some form of deception, or failing to mention relevant facts, as a means of acquiring Dutch nationality.