Bill to change naturalization requirement passed by lower house of Parliament, with some good news

29 Jun, 2016 | Immigration Law, Nationality Law, News

(See, for the previous news item on this matter: )

The plenary debate in the lower chamber of Parliament (the Tweede Kamer) took place on 8 and 9 June: opposition parties proposed numerous amendments to the bill, but the government advised against almost all proposed amendments.

The vote took place on 28 June, with the government parties forming the majority (VVD and PvdA) following the government’s advice: passing the main bill and rejecting all the opposition parties’ original amendments except for two amendments relating to preventing the loss of Dutch citizenship for Dutch citizens abroad. However (and this is the good news), a revised amendment from the opposition parties was passed (with the VVD voting against, and the PvdA voting for) providing for a “grandfather clause”: any immigrants who have legally lived in the Kingdom of the Netherlands for three years without interruption at the time the law takes effect will be exempted from the 7-year requirement, and will still be able to get naturalised under the conditions of the old law, i.e. after a total of 5 uninterrupted years of legal residence in the Kingdom.

It is important to note that the bill IS NOT YET LAW. It must now be debated in the upper chamber of Parliament (the Eerste Kamer), and this is not expected until the autumn at the very soonest. However, it can be expected that the bill will ultimately pass the upper chamber of Parliament, despite the fact that the government does not command a majority there, due to the fact that several right-wing opposition parties have already pledged their support.

For more information, contact attorney Jeremy Bierbach.