Dutch education programme

Are you attending an education programme in the Netherlands? Then you may not have to integrate for now, but you will have to later. This is called a temporary exemption. If you are not eligible for a temporary exemption, you may still get extra time to integrate.

Temporary exemption

Are you temporarily unable to integrate because you are attending an education programme in the Netherlands? First check if you can get a temporary exemption.

Conditions

  • The programme entitles you to a full exemption if you obtain the diploma.
  • You started the programme no later than 2 months after your 18th birthday.

Apply

  1. Complete the form ‘Aanvraag vrijstelling’ (Application for exemption).
  2. The form states the conditions, and which documents you need to send with it. Send the form and the documents to DUO.
  3. DUO decides if you get an exemption. We will let you know within 8 weeks.

Extra time

Are you not eligible for a temporary exemption? Perhaps you can get more time to integrate.

Conditions

  • You are you attending an education programme in the Netherlands, in Dutch.
  • The programme entitles you to a full exemption if you obtain the diploma.
  • Your integration period ends within 6 months.

Did you already get extra time to integrate? You can’t ask for extra time twice for the same period.

Apply

Are you attending secondary education (VMBO, HAVO, or VWO), secondary vocational education (MBO) or secondary educations for adults (VAVO)? The extra time will be awarded automatically.

Are you in a different type of education? Please apply for the extra time yourself:

  1. Complete the form 'Aanvraag verlenging inburgeringstermijn bij inschrijving reguliere opleiding' (Application for extension of the integration period in case of regular education programme).
  2. Ask your school for a proof of enrolment.
  3. Send the form and the proof of enrolment to DUO.
  4. DUO decides if you get extra time. We will let you know within 8 weeks.
How much extra time?
  • Are you still studying when your integration period ends? You will get 6 extra months every time this happens.
  • Are you no longer studying when your integration period ends? We will check how long you studied. For instance, if you studied for 8 months, you will get 8 extra months to integrate.
  • You will never get more than 2 extra years.