Less stricter rules on Dutch nationality?

The European Court of Justice rendered an important ruling relevant to Dutch nationals who face loss of Dutch nationality because of residence of more than 10 years abroad and not having renewed their Dutch passport in time.

The Dutch High Administrative Court referred a question to the European Court of Justice to advise whether Dutch nationals would in all instances lose their Dutch nationality or whether individual circumstances would need to be taken into account.

The ECJ ruled that in principle, a member state may allow the loss of  nationality under national provisions laid down in the respective national rules however that it needs to be tested whether the loss will be proportional in all instances and therefore the individual circumstances need to be taken into account. It is now up to the Dutch courts how to interpret this ruling.

Expat Management Group will keep its dedicated clients updated on Dutch nationality matters. 

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