eastcoaster13 (Feb 15 2011, 06:21 PM) said: > original post
I'm not sure about the three-years rule (if you have to have been married for that long), but if your friend has been here for seven years (longer than five) then it doesn't matter for her anyway. Anyone who's been living here for five years (and meets the other integration requirements) can apply for Dutch citizenship. The point of getting married/registering your partnership is to apply without having to renounce your original citizenship.
But, avacado, I've just had someone who went through this process swear to me that my NT2-I exam isn't good enough for the integration requirement, and that I need to get some special diploma on top of that with another separate culture test...?
canuckywoman (Feb 15 2011, 06:11 PM) said: > original post
Are you sure? I thought three years of legal residency here for a partner was enough as long as you are married or in a registered partnership on the date you apply for citizenship.
I know somebody who has lived here for seven or eight years with her Dutchie, and just married him last month so she could apply for citizenship without losing her American one.
avocado (Feb 7 2011, 08:33 PM) said: > original post
No problem indeed -- voortgezet verblijf is not a status that depends on your income.
And you don't even need to wait for the 5 year mark if you have been registered as living with your partner for 3 years, and had a residence permit based on being his partner before you got voortgezet verblijf! That situation gives you the accelerated right to naturalization of 3 years rather than 5.
Nothing I can imagine in your situation that could get in the way of approval...
avocado (Feb 7 2011, 05:58 PM) said: > original post
1. You're already covered. As I like to tell my clients, there is an inverse correlation between language difficulty and condescending cultural questions in the different exams you can take to get naturalized. Staatsexamen NT2-I is level B1 on language (higher than the A2 required by the inburgeringsexamen) and so is considered to be a difficult enough level of language that you don't need to show your integration otherwise.
2. In and of itself, they do not look at your economic situation in the naturalization procedure. (I know-- surprising, isn't it? In that regard getting naturalized is easier than getting a permanent residence permit.) They just look to see that the residence permit that you currently have will continue to be valid up to and including the moment you get naturalized. If your permit is based on partnership, then they will just look in the computer sometime during the processing of your application to check that you and your partner are still living together and that neither of you is on welfare (because if you were not living together or either of you was on welfare, your permit would cease to be valid).
If your permit is based on work, however, then changing your source of income could definitely be a problem, because they will check during the application procedure if you still have the job that you got your permit for, or if you can otherwise prove that you earn enough income to satisfy the conditions of your permit.
3. There is no form for you to fill in. You go to city hall and just tell them you want to get naturalized. You show them your NT2-I diploma, your passport, and your residence permit. They pull up the rest on the computer (that you have a registered partnership with a Dutch citizen, therefore do not have to renounce your original nationality, and the length of your residence in the Netherlands). They fill in a form (which is formulated as a letter to the queen) for you and ask you to sign it and pay the naturalization fee. That's it-- then you wait.
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