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civic integration exam

  • From July 1st 2019, the Dutch regulations concerning the naturalization exam from abroad have changed. These changes affect those who want to apply for Dutch citizenship from abroad and are planning to take the civic integration exam for naturalization at the Dutch consulate or embassy in their country of residence.

  • In his letter of 4 February 2018 minister Koolmees of Social Affairs and Employment acknowledged there are capacity problems surrounding exams for ‘Orientation on the Dutch labor market’, or ‘ONA’ for short.

  • Dutch minister of Social Affairs and Employment, Koolmees, announced in a letter to the Parliament that a civic integration obligation for Turkish newcomers will be reintroduced. A recent decision of the Court of Justice of the European Union supports his proposal.

  • Dutch citizens or holders of a Dutch residence permit for a non-temporary purpose of residence (except for study) may bring their foreign partner (whether married or unmarried) to the Netherlands.

  • Already in February 2018, the minister of Social Affairs and Employment suggested to exempt candidates with a job from the ONA test, the 'Orientation on the Dutch labor market' component of the civic integration exam.

  • By letter of 4 February 2018, minister of Social Affairs and Employment Koolmees informed the House of Representatives of his plans that should reduce the long waiting times for the Orientation on the Dutch Labour Market (ONA) component of the civic integration exam for newcomers.