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Amendments to Netherlands Nationality Act


Important amendments to the Netherlands Nationality Act entered into force on 1 April 2003. The Act determines eligibility for Dutch citizenship, and the new provisions may have implications for you. The new rules allow certain categories of former Dutch nationals to have their Dutch nationality restored by signing a declaration opting for Dutch nationality. The declaration must be signed at, and endorsed by, a Dutch embassy or consulate by no later than 31 March 2005.


Were you born outside the Netherlands? Were you automatically entitled to the nationality of that country as well as your Dutch nationality? Did you live in that country for 10 consecutive years after turning 18? If so, you probably lost your Dutch nationality on 1 January 1995. If you have not been issued with a Dutch passport or other proof of nationality since 1 January 1990, you are probably entitled to reclaim your Dutch nationality by the procedure described above. If you wish to do so, you must sign a declaration opting for Dutch nationality by no later than 31 March 2005.


Please note that you must apply in person at a Dutch embassy or consulate. After 31 March 2005 it will no longer be possible to opt for Dutch nationality. No exceptions will be made.


If the conditions described above apply to you and if you wish to regain your Dutch nationality, please contact the Dutch embassy or consulate in your country as soon as possible.


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