A Dutch law for latent citizens allow some children and even grandchildren of Dutch citizens to claim Dutch citizenship. Until 2003, ‘latent citizenship’ was only recognized for foreign-born children of Dutch male citizens. But current equality laws have broadened the eligibility so since 2003 foreign-born children of Dutch women have also been able to claim latent Dutch citizenship. In some cases, grandchildren of a Dutch woman also qualify. Please consult the links beneath for the details about eligibility and consult your consulate for details about your own specific situation.
This article first appeared on 1 April 2014, when the article stated that anyone of Dutch descent was now eligible. This was an April Fool’s joke; eligibility is limited to children and in some cases grandchildren of Dutch citizens and not available to more distant descendants. The article has since been altered to show the correct information.