Attended enough hours of a course

Did you start your integration on 1 January 2022 or later? Then this page is not for you. If you cannot do what your says, contact the municipality.

Did you attend many hours of a course? And you still cannot pass the exams? Then perhaps you do not have to take any more exams. This is called 'ontheffing wegens aantoonbaar geleverde inspanningen' (dispensation because of demonstrable effort) or AGI.

Conditions if you have done an integration course

  • You are required to integrate under the 2013 integration law (WI 2013).
  • Your  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 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 was listed on the website zoekinburgerschool.nl Link opent externe pagina  when you started the course.
  • You have taken all exams at least 4 times. No more than 2 of these attempts can be at the Nt2 State exam.

Conditions if you have done a literacy course

  • You are required to integrate under the 2013 integration law (WI 2013).
  • Your  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 website zoekinburgerschool.nl 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. If you are able to learn the Dutch language, you will not get . You need to participate actively during the test. If you don’t give any answers, you will not get dispensation either.

Conditions for young people

  • You are required to integrate under the 2013 integration law (WI 2013).
  • You have attended at least 600 hours of lessons in Dutch language and Knowledge of Dutch Society, in one of the following types of education:
    • Praktijkonderwijs (Practical education)
    • Voortgezet speciaal onderwijs (VSO, Secondary special needs education), with the exception of ‘uitstroomprofiel vervolgonderwijs’ (course completion profile further education)
    • Internationale schakelklas (ISK, International bridging programme), geared towards voortgezet speciaal onderwijs, praktijkonderwijs, work or integration.
    You can combine hours of different types of education. Are you still short of 600 hours? Then you can also count hours of courses followed at an integration school listed on the website zoekinburgerschool.nl Link opent externe pagina .
  • You have attended these lessons in the 2 years before this application.
  • You have completed the lessons concerning the participation statement and signed it.
  • You have taken all exams at least 4 times. No more than 2 of these attempts can be at the Nt2 State exam.
  • If you don’t you meet this condition, 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. If you are able to learn the Dutch language, you will not get . You need to participate actively during the test. If you don’t give any answers, you will not get dispensation either.

Apply

  1. Complete the 'Aanvraag ontheffing aantoonbaar geleverde inspanningen' form.
  2. If you followed an integration course or a literacy course, ask the school to complete the 'Verklaring deelname cursus' (statement of course participation). This statement comes with the form.
  3. If you followed praktijkonderwijs, voortgezet speciaal onderwijs or lessons in an internationale schakelklas, ask the school to complete the 'Verklaring onderwijstijd’ (statement of teaching time). This statement comes with the form.
  4. Send the form and the statement(s) to DUO by post.
  5. DUO decides if you get . 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 The Hague

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.

Extra time

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 to integrate.

Naturalisation or stronger residence permit

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

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