Revocation of Dutch nationality by the authorities

You can also lose your Dutch nationality if the Dutch authorities decide to revoke it.

Loss of nationality through revocation

The Dutch authorities can revoke your Dutch nationality if:

  • You acquired Dutch nationality through the option procedure or naturalisation and you gave an undertaking that you would renounce your original nationality. If you have not have not made every effort to give up your original nationality after you acquired Dutch nationality, your Dutch nationality may be revoked.
  • You committed fraud during the option procedure or naturalisation, for example identity fraud. Fraud includes making a false declaration, practising some form of deception or failing to mention relevant facts. In this case, you will become stateless if you no longer hold your original nationality.
  • You have been convicted of an offence against the interests or security of the Kingdom. Examples of such offences include war crimes and terrorist offences. Your Dutch nationality may be revoked if doing so will not make you stateless.
  • You are aged 16 or over and have voluntarily joined the armed forces of a county at war with the Netherlands or one of the Netherlands’ allies.
  • You are 16 or older and have joined an organisation that poses a threat to national security. The government holds a list of such organisations. The list is in Dutch: Lijst met organisaties de een bedreiging vormen voor de nationale veiligheid.

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