I want to know whether my son is able to be eligible for a Dutch passport. My Grandmother still lives in Holland (she is 108 years old!!) and my mother lives in South Africa. She still has a Dutch passport and has citizenship. She still votes in Netherland and visits there once a year. She is 8o years old. My son is 17 years old and he wants to study in Holland, and a Dutch passport will make it much easier. Please help, because I've been through the whole process of getting a Dutch passport for me, but was then told that I am not eligible anymore. Apparently my son is still the right age. Thanks in advance!

  • What process did you go through? Why were you told you were no longer eligible?
    – ouflak
    Jun 26, 2017 at 9:53
  • If you are not eligible for Dutch nationality "anymore," then you had Dutch nationality and lost it. If that is the case, your son would only have gained Dutch nationality if you were Dutch at the time of his birth. That is, if you lost Dutch nationality after he was born, then he is probably Dutch. The best way to find out whether he's eligible is to apply at the Dutch consulate. If they told you when you lost your Dutch nationality then you should be able to determine whether it's worthwhile to make the application.
    – phoog
    Jun 26, 2017 at 23:58
  • Oh, sorry... What I meant was that I could have applied for citizenship a few years ago, but it is not possible anymore because of my age. Neither me nor him were Dutch at the time of birth, but my mother was and still is. Thanks so much for your answer! X Jul 4, 2017 at 12:49
  • If you were not Dutch when he was born then I fear there is little hope. There is no provision in Dutch nationality law for acquiring Dutch nationality on the basis of a grandparent. You should be sure that you were not Dutch, however. On what basis did you lose your Dutch nationality?
    – phoog
    Jul 5, 2017 at 1:51
  • I was born in South Africa. My mother came to SA after she was 18 years old, but never gave up her Dutch citizenship. I assume I am a SA citizen, seeing that I was born here. Jul 9, 2017 at 15:44

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When your window of time to acquire citizenship elapsed, that ended line of citizenship according to Dutch Nationality Law. Your son will have to go through the typical visa routes to study in Holland.

  • Unless she lost her Dutch nationality after her son was born, in which case he is Dutch.
    – phoog
    Nov 11, 2017 at 7:49

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