Change your nationality

If you remigrate to your country of birth, you cannot keep your Dutch nationality. You must apply for the nationality of the country where you are going to live.

If you have dual nationality, you can only get a remigration benefit if you give up your Dutch nationality. You can do this at the offices of your local authorities (gemeente) in the Netherlands.

This also has consequences for your children under the age of 16. Ask your local authorities (gemeente) about this.

Apply for your new nationality on time

Make sure you apply for your new nationality on time. You must do this in the country where you are going to live. If it takes you longer than 6 months to get your new nationality, your remigration benefit will stop. After that, you have another 6 months to get your new nationality. Then we can start paying your remigration benefit again. 

Send us proof of your new nationality as soon as possible. 

Sometimes, you have to live in a country for a couple of years before you can apply for nationality. If that is true for your situation, please let us know.

You may need to send us a copy of your visa or other entry document

If you do not have the nationality of the country you are moving to, you must send us an official entry document (for example, a visa) with your remigration benefit claim. This document must state that you and your family members can live in that country for at least 1 year.