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.
The ONA component is a mandatory part of the exam that aims to let newcomers take the necessary steps towards finding a suitable and lasting job.
Why highly skilled migrants too, are required to pass this part of the exam to obtain permanent residency or a Dutch passport has never been clear. It seems now that newcomers who already have a job will be exempt from the ONA test.
To make these changes possible, the Decree on civic integration needs to be amended. The minister expresses his commitment to get this on track as soon as possible.