The end of dual citizenship?

A new law is currently under consideration by the Dutch government that could spell the end of dual citizenship for Dutch citizens, including Dutch-Americans in the U.S. The law, which is now being reviewed by the Raad van State, will end several widely used exemptions to the general rule that Dutch citizens cannot claim other nationalities without losing their Dutch citizenship.

This will impact thousands of Dutch-Americans and Dutch citizens living in other countries outside the Kingdom of the Netherlands. People who already have dual Dutch citizenship will not be affected, but for people who had hoped to gain both American and Dutch nationality this law is an unwelcome development. With the new proposal, Minister Donner and the Dutch cabinet aim to reduce the number of dual citizens, and to increase the barriers for immigration to the Netherlands.

No more dual citizenship through marriage to a U.S. citizen

The current law on 'Nederlanderschap' has as a general rule that dual citizenship is not allowed. However, there is an important exception for people who gain citizenship through marriage. For example, if a Dutch national immigrates to the USA and marries an American partner, the Dutch national is allowed to keep the Dutch nationality while also becoming an American citizen. This exception was created in 2003 after extensive lobbying by Dutch expatriates and immigrants. U.S. law permits American citizens to hold other nationalities.

Dutch nationality for children born in the U.S.

Children born to a Dutch parent in the United States can currently maintain their Dutch citizenship when turning 18, due to exception "16-2e". This automatic exception will disappear as well, but it appears that maintaining Dutch citizenship for minors is possible as long as their passports are renewed on time.

Work in progress

The proposal, the integral text of which can be found here, is currently under consideration. After a well-visited discussion evening in New York City last week, several Dutch expat organizations have organized an on-line petition against the proposal (in Dutch).

More information:

- Proposed new Dutch nationality law (mirror copy)
- On-line petition against the new proposal

This is a proposed law. For the best information on current law on Dutch citizenship we advice you to contact your nearest Dutch consulate, Dutch embassy or a law firm.

Note: this article was updated to correct a mistake about minors maintaining Dutch citizenship.




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Doesn't sound very smart, personally I don't see the point. But from what I've gathered, it doesn't look like the government is fully committed to it, well at least they weren't back then.


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What is their fear? Why end a good thing? What political entity is behind this and why? We need your help BARACK!!!!

How can Barack influence the nationality law of another country? He has no influence in that regard. Do the Dutch have a say-so in the U.S. nationality legislation?

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The other problem with this law is that if it is accepted, the 3rd country spouse (3rd country means here not Dutch or US) of a Dutch citizen cannot get a Dutch passport anymore. Someone who is married to a Dutch citizen then can only get a Dutch passport when they are living in the Netherlands. So always visa to visit the family in Holland, and citizen exam (year contract, etc) when returning to Holland.

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Are we sure that current dual citizens will not be affected? Even children of Dutch citizens born in the US?

People who current hold dual citizenship will not be affected. One exception: if a child has US and Dutch citizenship but both parents lose their Dutch citizenship, the child will also lose his/hers. This is until the child turns 18, after which the Dutch citizenship is 'safe'.

Did this law came into action or not yet? It's been more than 6 months since this article was published.

This law will thankfully not be implemented since the Dutch government collapsed in April.

Our most recent article on this law is here:

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I am so confused about my status. I acquired US citizenship when I was 9 since my mom and I were living in the US. She also has US citizenship. Do I still hold Dutch citizenship? I have spent hours combing through these extensive immigration and nationality laws and I find it frustrating! I am not yet 28, but I read somewhere that the cut-off date for regaining your Dutch citizenship is March 31, 2013. Any ideas?

You will have lost your Dutch nationality if none of your parents were Dutch. See q 18

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You lost your Dutch citizenship on March 31, 2013.

I was born in the Netherlands to a Dutch father and an Amercan Mother. I moved to America when I was 2 years old. My father was then Naturalized American 6 or 7 years later. I grew up in America as an American Citizen. I would like to know if it is possible for me to obtain Dutch Citizenship in addition to my American Citizenship as I feel it is my Birth Rite? Basically I am wanting to know if I am able to obtain Dual Citizenshipship between the 2 countries? I feel since I was too young to decide for myself when I became an American Citizen that I should have the rite to both. Is this the case?

No, you cannot become a Dutch citizen unless you naturalize. You cannot get it by option. Your father, although born Dutch and you as well, became a U.S. citizen. In so doing, he automatically lost his U.S. citizenship. You would have to fulfill all the requirements for naturalizing Dutch and you would have to renounce your U.S. citizenship.

His father didn't lose his Dutch nationality, he was married to an American woman when he acquired it.

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My parents are Dutch and immigrated to the US in 1963. They became naturalized US citizens in 1968. I was born in 1967. Does this mean I can still obtain dual Dutch citizenship? Not clear on the new rules. Any comments appreciated.

No. You lost your Dutch citizenship the day your parents naturalized American. You were still a minor. It was due to the fact both your parents naturalized American and you were under 18 at the time they did that. When they naturalized American, they automatically lost their Dutch nationality whether knew it or not or didn't want to.

This was not the case many years ago. I was born in America to Dutch parents who naturalized 3 years after I was born in 1962. I obtained a Dutch passport in Holland in '1988 because I was considered Dutch. I was born on American soil thus making me an American, but citizenship, per the rules back then, went on what the citizenship was of the parents at the time of birth. It is my understanding that those of us who had this dual citizenship lost it due to the European Community and influx of foreigners. Hence, my Dutch citizenship was NOT lost because of my parents naturalzing, but rather the change in the European union.

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There is no law against double citizenship for Americans. You won't lose your citizenship by turning into a national of another nation. On the off chance that you are living in another nation and wish to end up a subject of that nation, you can take after their naturalization procedure. Demo Duck. Toward the end of that procedure, you will end up being a national of that nation, and remain a native of the US.

My son has a dutch father residing in the netherlands. I am american. my son was born in america. paternity was established in the netherlands. I attempted to get his dutch passport at age 1 and was told I had to wait till he was of age and he requested it for himself or until his father requested it. His father refuses to acknowledge him despite the establishment of paternity. What is my son's status and can he still gain his citizenship thru birth. It was our original intent for him to have dual citizenship. Do the new laws speak to this?

The child of an unmarried non-Dutch mother does not acquire Dutch nationality. Until a man acknowledges the child, it has (as far as the law is concerned) no father. The child acquires Dutch nationality if:
a Dutch man acknowledges the child before its birth or before it reaches seven years of age. This acknowledgment may take place at the town hall in the Netherlands, or in a foreign country. Once the child has been acknowledged, it acquires Dutch nationality. This rule has applied since March 2009;

the child is acknowledged by a Dutch man after its seventh birthday, and the father provides DNA proof of his paternity within a year of that acknowledgment. If the father does not possess any DNA proof, he can apply for his child to be given Dutch nationality through the option procedure. In this case he must first raise and care for the child for three years without interruption.

Not every Dutch man can acknowledge a child. A married man cannot acknowledge a child without obtaining permission from a court of law.

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Citizenship to a single country is common and it is hard to get dual citizenship now a day’s since the migration rules are strict now. The article that you shared shows how serious the situation is. Thank you for sharing.

I have a Dutch passport and have always declare myself as a Dutch citizen. I am a permanent resident of the U.S. since 1960 .I have no interest in obtaining U.S. citizenship. My domestic partner is a U.S. citizen as is our adopted son. We also have a civil union on record. Could either of (spouse /son) be able to obtain a dual citizenship, (Dutch/US) ?


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