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Regaining Dutch nationality

Regaining Dutch nationality

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Many Dutch citizens living abroad have lost their Dutch nationality since 1995. Most of them were born in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, South Africa and the United States. The Netherlands Nationality Act, which entered into effect in 1985 provided that anyone born outside the Netherlands who possessed both Dutch nationality and the nationality of the country of their birth would lose their Dutch nationality if, after attaining the age of majority, they lived in their country of birth for an uninterrupted period of ten years or more and were citizens of that country. Under the amended Act, anyone who lost their Dutch nationality in these circumstances might be able to have it restored.