The Brazilian-born centre back may have to wait until September 2012 before he can represent the Netherlands
Twente defender Douglas is set to receive his Dutch passport next month, but the Brazilian may have to wait another year before he is eligible to play for the Netherlands, Voetbal International reports.
The 23-year-old centre-back moved to the Netherlands in September 2007 to join Twente and is expected to receive his Dutch passport in November.
Douglas recently stated that he's keen to represent Holland at international level once he acquires his second nationality.
But Fifa rules dictate that a player must reside in the country for five years before they are permitted to represent that nation, meaning that Douglas will have to wait until September 2012 before he can play for the Netherlands.
However, the Dutch Football Association (KNVB) believes they may be able to receive special dispensation from world football's governing body to allow the player to feature for the Dutch national team before next September.
The KNVB is confident that Douglas will be granted special dispensation as he is a model citizen and has a Dutch partner, with whom he has a child.
However, the application process can take several months and even if Fifa approve the measure, he may still have to wait until March before he is available for selection by Dutch national team coach Bert van Marwijk.