Attended enough hours of a course

Did you attend many hours of a course and did you take many exams? And you still cannot pass the exams? Then you may not have to take any more exams. This is called 'ontheffing wegens aantoonbaar geleverde inspanningen' (dispensation because of demonstrable effort) or AGI. You can only get dispensation if you are required to integrate.

Conditions if you have attended an integration course

  • Your integration period started at least 2.5 years ago.
  • You have attended at least 600 hours of a course. You can combine hours of an integration course and hours of an Nt2 (Dutch as a 2nd language) course. You can also combine hours of an integration course and hours of a literacy course, but only if you have done at least 200 hours of an integration course. The rest may be a literacy course.
  • Your school is listed on the Blik op Werk website Link opent externe pagina .
  • You have taken all exams at least 4 times, including ONA. No more than 2 of these attempts can be at the Nt2 exam.

Conditions if you have attended a literacy course

  • Your integration period started at least 2.5 years ago.
  • You have attended at least 600 hours of a course. At least 300 hours need to be a literacy course. The rest may be an integration course.
  • Your school is listed on the Blik op Werk website Link opent externe pagina .
  • You must show what you have learned by taking a test at DUO. This test costs €150. DUO will send you a bill for the test. After you have paid, DUO will send you an invitation for the test.

During the test DUO checks if you are able to learn the Dutch language. You need to participate actively during the test. If you don’t give any answers, you will not get dispensation.

Apply

  1. Complete the form 'Aanvraag ontheffing aantoonbaar geleverde inspanningen' (Application for dispensation because of demonstrable effort).
  2. Ask the school to complete the statement of course participation.
  3. Send the form and the statement to DUO by post.
  4. DUO decides if you get dispensation. We will let you know within 8 weeks.
Because of a difficult situation I don’t meet all the conditions.

Did you attend at least 600 hours of a course or an education programme? But are you unable to meet all criteria because of a very difficult situation? Then write a letter explaining your situation in detail. The Minister of Social Affairs and Employment will decide if you get dispensation. The address is:

Ministerie van SZW / Directie S&I
Afdeling Inburgering beschikkingen
Postbus 90801
2509 LV Den Haag

School does not exist anymore

Doesn’t the school exist any more? Send DUO all documents you have to show that you participated in the course. For instance the contract, invoices or proof of attended hours.

Still need to take exams

Did you not attend enough hours to get dispensation? Or did you not take the exams often enough? Perhaps you can ask for extra time.

Naturalization or stronger residence permit

Are you unable to pass the integration exams? But do you still want to naturalize or apply for a stronger residence permit? Go to the IND website Link opent externe pagina .