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    Integration in the Netherlands

    You are integrating in the Netherlands, so language is important. But it is also important to know about the Netherlands. For example, if you are looking for a job, or a new home, or if you want to make a hospital appointment, and so on. How do you do these things in the Netherlands? What are the rules? How do you learn these things?

    You are responsible for your integration, education and finding help. You must arrange the integration exam yourself.

    If you do not know enough about the Dutch language yet, and do not know enough about life in the Netherlands yet, you can take a course. You are responsible for finding your own course. You must integrate in the Netherlands within 3 years.

    The course and the exam cost money. You are responsible for paying for the course and the exam. DUO can lend you money for the course and the exam, but you do need to follow a course that has the Blik Op Werk approval mark. Schools that have this approval mark can be found on www.blikopwerk.nl

    Not everyone has to take the integration exam. You can also take another exam: The State Exam for Dutch as a Second Language. This exam (NT2) is needed if you want to start studying. It will teach you a higher level of Dutch.

    Did integration became a legal requirement for you after 1 January 2015 and you already passed the diploma State Exam NT2? In this case, there are two more exams you need to take to obtain your integration diploma. These are: the Orientation on the Dutch Labor Market Exam, and, the Knowledge of Dutch Society Exam.

Integration in the Netherlands

New exam location

  • New exam location

    Soon you will be able to take your exams in a new exam location: Amsterdam Zuidoost. As of today you can register for exams in Amsterdam Zuidoost. Please go to Taking the exams and choose Exam locations for more information on the new exam location.

  • No more moving exams

    Many people want to take the integration exams. Therefore you will have to wait longer before you can take the exams. Please register in time. And think carefully about where you want to take the exams.

    Because so many people want tot he take the exams, the rules have been changed. Once you have registered for an exam, you cannot take it at an earlier date. Also, you cannot take the exam on the same date in a different place.

  • ONA exam on line

    You can take the ONA exam (‘Orientatie op de Nederlandse Arbeidsmarkt, or: ‘Knowledge of the Dutch labour market’) online as well. Digitally.
    You can also apply online for the conversation at DUO: via Mijn Inburgering.