Obtaining Citizenship in The Netherlands

A Netherlands citizenship can be obtained in 3 different ways, namely by naturalization, by option or by law, the latter being the easiest. This implies that a person has one or two parents as Netherlands citizens. Women from other countries can also become citizens by marrying one. Investors from outside of the Netherlands can apply for citizenship if they have been living in the country for a while.

Citizenship for foreign investors

Foreign investors need to adhere to and meet the following requirements in order to obtain a Netherlands passport by means of naturalization. Some of them are the following: they must be at least 18 years, they must have lived in Netherlands territories for an uninterrupted period of 5 years, they must speak Netherlands, and they must have a clean criminal record for the past 4 years.

There are some exceptions to these rules and our company formation agents will be able to tell you more about it. Contact us today to find out how you can apply for a Netherlands passport through means of naturalization.

Netherlands passport by option

Obtaining a Netherlands passport by option is the next way to become a citizen in the country. Individuals must be subject to one or more of the following criteria:

they must be at least 18 years old and born in Netherlands territories.
they must have lived in the country for at least 3 years and have no other citizenship.
they must be aged 18 and have lived in the country since they were 4.
they must be 18 and former Netherlands citizens.
they must be married to a Netherlands citizens for the past 3 years and have lived in the country for 15 years.
they must be age 65 and have lived in the country for 15 years.
they were adopted by Netherlands parents and have lived in the country since age 3.

The processes of Netherlands citizenship are quite easy to understand and follow, but we are more than happy to assist you. If you are a businessman looking to relocate to the Netherlands, we will be able to assist in your company formation, too.

Netherlands residency

Whether you are a resident or non-resident living in the Netherlands, it is vital that you understand your position as a taxpayer. Taxing in the Netherlands is dependent on the taxpayer’s circumstances and it is vital that he or she is registered at the municipality for these purposes. Some of the following criteria will be important in order to determine the amount of tax you are subject to the location of your permanent home, the strengths of your financial bonds, and your intentions.

The Netherlands offers three types of tax statuses. You can be classified as a resident, a nonresident or a partial non-resident.

Dutch Resident for tax purposes

When you are registered at the Dutch municipality you are treated as a resident for tax purposes. A resident taxpayer will be taxed on worldwide income and is in a position to claim the following from personal tax deductions: alimony to a former spouse, payments supporting children under 21, expenses for illnesses, expenses for visits by disabled children, expenses for studies, expenses for maintenance of houses under the protection of monuments, and donations to charitable causes.

Resident taxpayers can also request certain allowances and claim them such as rent, health care, children (not from SVB), and day-care.
Child benefit is available for those who are registered as residents and this can be claimed if you have a child. For this to happen you must meet the following requirements: have a valid residence permit, hold a work permit if you are not from the EU, and not hold a secondment certificate from your original country.

Partial non-resident for tax purposes
This status is only applicable if the 30% ruling is granted. A partial non-resident will be taxed as a resident in Box 1 (income from work and principal residence) but will be taxed as a non-resident with respect to other tax boxes.
Non-resident for tax purposes
A non-resident is not subject to taxation in the Netherlands. Rather they will be taxed on worldwide income elsewhere. Such a resident will only pay tax on whatever income is allocated to the Netherlands.

Business Immigration procedures

Intercompany Solutions has assisted many entrepreneurs with their business immigration procedures to obtain a permanent residency in the European Union, and receive their Dutch passport.

Contact us now for more information on Netherlands citizenship and residency.