Marriage Rules for Non-Dutch Nationals
If you want to marry or to enter into a registered partnership in the Netherlands, but you or your partner are not Dutch nationals or do not live in the Netherlands, there are various rules which apply in the different circumstances.
You can get married or enter into a registered partnership if you and your partner:
- both do not have Dutch nationality and one of you live in the Netherlands
- both live in the Netherlands and one is of Dutch nationality
- both live outside the Netherlands and at least 1 is of Dutch nationality
- both in the Netherlands whether both or Dutch nationals or not
You can not marry in the Netherlands or enter into a registered partnership if you and your partner both do not have Dutch nationality and you both live abroad.
Non-Dutch nationals living in the Netherlands who want to marry or enter into a registered partnership have to have a valid residence permit. This does not apply to anyone who is a nationals of a Member State of the European Union (EU) or the European Economic Area (EEA). For more information about the valid residence please contact the Communication Department, the Immigration and Naturalisation Service (IND).
Declaration for non-Dutch nationals
Do you or your partner do not have Dutch nationality, you have a M46 certificate is required if you want to marry or to enter into a registered partnership. You can get this statement from your local town hall.
The IND checks your residence status and the foreign police investigates whether you have been married before. This is the case if you want to marry or to enter into a partnership which would result in your eligibility for a residence permit
Marriage and dual nationality
Do you or your partner besides the Dutch nationality another nationality, then you usually must meet the requirements of Dutch law proposes to marry or enter into a registered partnership.
Can you according to the Dutch rules marry or a partnership, you can do this. Even if the law of the country of the non-Dutch partner (s) does not allow this state. You should be aware of potential problems for the recognition of marriage abroad.
Declaration of non-married
Have you lived abroad, you must return to the marriage or partnership declaration, a declaration of non-married are required. This statement can be obtained at your last place of residence abroad.
Do you have the Dutch nationality, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Foreign Affairs) in most countries you arrange a request and legalization of foreign documents. For more information please contact the Consular Service Centre of Foreign Affairs.
Source of information: rijksoverheid.nl