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|Jul 22 '21 at 18:25||comment||added||phoog||...and in that case he will probably lose his Dutch nationality on his 28th birthday unless he receives a passport or certificate of nationality before then. The question of adoption by the stepfather therefore has potentially significant implications for David's question.|
|Jul 22 '21 at 18:23||comment||added||phoog||"Even if your father has legally adopted you, you are still not entitled to Dutch citizenship": That is not necessarily correct (see RWN Art 5a). But, if David was adopted by his stepfather, we'd have to know when that occurred to know what law was in effect at the time of the adoption, along with the circumstances of the adoption to see if they satisfy the requirements of the law. If that happened and it did confer Dutch nationality on David, then David is probably a Dutch national today...|
|Jul 22 '21 at 18:16||comment||added||phoog||In fact, the requirement for the acknowledgement to be made before birth only arose on 1 April 2003. But a step-father generally can't acknowledge a child to establish paternity. Acknowledgement is a legal mechanism that is supposed to establish actual paternity of a child that was born out of wedlock. In fact, nowadays, if the child is over 7, a DNA test is required. Assuming that OP had a father listed on his birth certificate, acknowledgement would certainly not have been possible, and I suspect that it would not have been possible regardless.|
|Jul 22 '21 at 18:07||comment||added||phoog||In fact, to make a full determination, it is necessary to take into account the state of nationality law at the time of OP's mother's marriage to his stepfather, along with any changes in the law that have occurred since then. I doubt the conclusion will be different, but the Wikipedia article only concerns the current state of the law, which isn't necessarily what it was approximately 18 years ago when OP became the stepson of a Dutch stepfather.|
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