The Eerste Kamer, the upper chamber of the Dutch parliament, has voted to defeat the bill introduced by the government to make changes to Dutch nationality law. The standard period of legal residence in the Netherlands required for an immigrant to become a Dutch citizen will not be lengthened from five years to seven years. Naturalization abroad for spouses and civil union partners of Dutch citizens will also not be abolished.
The amendment to the bill introduced by the lower chamber, introducing a possibility to opt for Dutch nationality for Dutch citizens abroad who lost their Dutch citizenship by the passage of time, has hereby also been defeated. However, it is to be expected that a new bill will be introduced in Parliament to help these ex-Dutch citizens.