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Send an e-mail to burgerzaken@leeuwarden.nl. We will discuss the possibilities with you. Please state the following in your e-mail:

  • That you want an initial interview for a naturalisation or option request.
  • Your name, date of birth and address.

An appointment may be made with you

During this appointment, you will be given information on how to become a Dutch citizen and the consequences of renouncing your original nationality.



  • You are of adult age.
  • You have lived in the Kingdom of the Netherlands continuously for 5 years or more with a valid residence permit. You have always renewed your residence permit on time.
  • You can prove your identity and nationality with valid documents.
  • You have been registered in the Netherlands, Aruba, Curaçao, Sint Maarten, Bonaire, Sint Eustatius or Saba for the past 5 consecutive years.
  • You are settled in the Netherlands.

You will find more information on the Immigration and Naturalisation Service (IND) website.

The first appointment is always an intake

The naturalisation process will be discussed with you. And it will be established whether Dutch citizenship is possible for you. We will determine in consultation with you whether to officially apply for naturalisation.

What to bring with you?

  • A valid identity document.
  • Your current residence document.
  • Your birth certificate, possibly with authentication (more information can be found on the central government website.
  • Proof of your initial arrival in the Netherlands.
  • Proof that you are settled in the Netherlands. For example, the diploma, civic integration certificate or newcomer certificate.

What happens next?

The local authority will forward your request to the Immigration and Naturalisation Service (IND). The King ultimately makes the official decision. This takes about 1 year.

Has your request for naturalisation been approved?

The City of Leeuwarden invites you to a naturalisation ceremony. You are given the naturalisation decision. It is compulsory to attend this ceremony.

Option procedure

You can apply for Dutch nationality faster using option procedure. Not everyone can apply for the option procedure.

Do you want to know if this is possible for you?

Visit the central government website for more information.

Civic Integration in the City of Leeuwarden

More information can be found on the page Civic Integration in the City of Leeuwarden.

Naturalisation and Option procedure

Costs of naturalisation Amount
Simple naturalisation (standard) € 1,023.00
Simple naturalisation (reduced) € 760.00
Joint naturalisation (standard) € 1,305.00
Communal naturalisation (reduced) € 1,044.00
Joint naturalisation for minors (per child) € 151.00
Option procedure charges Amount
Simple Option procedure € 217.00
Joint Option procedure € 370.00
Joint option procedure for minors € 24.00