Naturalising

Apply with the municipality

Naturalising means that you become a Dutch citizen. The website ind.nl explains when you can become a Dutch citizen, and which papers you need. You must apply to do this with the municipality you live in.

First take the exam

To become a Dutch citizen you must pass the integration exam. Or the Dutch as a Second Language state exam. You take this exam at DUO.

Naturalising abroad

Do you want to obtain the Dutch nationality and do you live outside the Netherlands? You can apply for naturalisation at a Dutch embassy or consulate. You can also take the integration exam there. You need to pass these exams:

  • Reading
  • Writing
  • Speaking
  • Listening
  • Knowledge of Dutch Society

For more information go to the IND website.

Living abroad, taking integration exam in the Netherlands

Do you live outside the Netherlands? But do you still want to take the integration exam in the Netherlands in order to naturalize? Then you need to pass these exams:

  • Reading
  • Writing
  • Speaking
  • Listening
  • Knowledge of Dutch Society
  • Orientation on the Dutch Labour Market (ONA)

Did you obtain your integration diploma? Then take it to a Dutch embassy or consulate in your own country.

Use these forms to apply for the exam:

Exam too difficult

What if you really aren’t able to pass the integration exams? And you still want to apply for Dutch citizenship? You then need an advice from DUO. This advice is called the 'advies aantoonbaar geleverde inspanningen' (advisory statement on demonstrable effort). You can only apply for the advice if you live in the Netherlands.

Have you taken an integration course? Then you must meet these 3 conditions:

  • You have attended at least 600 hours of a course. You can combine hours of an integration course and hours of a Dutch as a Second Language (NT2) course.
  • Your school is listed on the Blik op Werk website.
  • You tried to pass all exams at least 4 times. No more than 2 of these attempts can be for the NT2-exam.

Have you taken a literacy course ? Then you must meet these 3 conditions:

  • You have attended at least 600 hours of a course. At least 300 hours need to be a literacy course. The rest can be an integration course, but only if you started the literacy course before the integration course.
  • Your school is listed on the Blik op Werk website.
  • You must show what you have learned by taking a test at DUO. This test costs € 150. DUO will send you a bill for the test. After you have paid the bill, DUO will send you an invitation for the test..

Have you already passed integration exams? Then you might not get a positive advice.

Applying for an advice

You can use the form below to request this advisory statement. The advice will be sent to your home address. Send the advice to the IND, along with your application for a stronger residence permit.

Ill or handicapped

Are you unable to pass the integration exam, because you are ill or handicapped? And do you still want to apply for Dutch citizenship? Then check the IND website.

Questions about naturalisation

Do you have a question about naturalisation? Then put your question to the IND.