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civic integration exam

  • Application for permanent residence

    At present it is not possible to pick up your civic integration diploma from the exam location. 

  • Changes in civic integration exam for naturalization from abroad

    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.

  • Changes in the integration exam

    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.

  • Civic integration for Turkish to be reintroduced

    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.

  • Entry and stay for religious workers

    Religious organizations in the Netherlands wishing to sponsor religious workers from outside the EU may rely on a special policy. This policy is also available to spiritual organizations. The policy applies regardless of the organization's religious or spiritual orientation.

  • Family reunification

    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.

  • Integration Exam: exemption ONA for entrepreneurs

    Since 20 April 2019, integration exam candidates who work in paid employment can apply for an exemption from the ‘Orientation on the Dutch labor market’ (ONA) component of the civic integration exam. As of 1 October 2020, self-employed persons who are ‘active on the labor market’ will also be eligible for an exemption from the ONA examination component. An application for the exemption can be filed on the DUO website.

  • Integration obligation for Turkish newcomers

    We previously published about the intended re-introduction of the obligation to pass a civic integration exam for newcomers with Turkish nationality. From 1 May 2020, the civic integration course is a requirement for Turkish asylum migrants and their family members.

  • Language requirement for naturalization and permanent residence remains level A2 in 2022

    In 2022, the new Civic Integration Act 2021 enters info force. See also our previous article on the subject: New Civic Integration Act postponed.

  • ONA exemption for integration exam candidates with a job

    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.

  • ONA exemption for knowledge workers?

    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.