Obtained a Dutch diploma

Did you already obtain a diploma in the Netherlands? Then perhaps you can get a full exemption. This means you do not have to take any integration exams. You can only get an exemption if you are required to integrate.

Conditions

These diplomas may get you an exemption:

  • VMBO
  • HAVO
  • VWO
  • MBO level 2 or higher
  • HBO, if the programme was in Dutch
  • WO (university), if the programme was in Dutch

Diploma obtained in Belgium or Suriname

If you obtained a diploma in Belgium or Suriname, you can apply for an exemption as well. The education programme must be in Dutch. And you need to have a sufficient grade for the subject Dutch. You cannot get an exemption for a GLO (gewoon lager onderwijs) diploma obtained in Suriname.

Diploma ‘entree-opleiding’ (entrance programme)

Did you start your integration before 1 January 2015? And do you hold a diploma for an ‘entreeopleiding’ (MBO level 1), in Dutch? Then you may not have to take any integration exams. Apply for an exemption.

Did start your integration on 1 January 2015 or after? And do you hold a diploma for an ‘entreeopleiding’ (MBO level 1), in Dutch? Then you do not have to take the ONA exam. You do not need to apply for this exemption. You will automatically receive a letter.

Apply

  1. Complete the ‘Aanvraag vrijstelling’ form.
  2. The form states the conditions, and which documents you need to send with it. Send the form and the required documents to DUO by post.
  3. DUO decides if you get an exemption, and for which exams. We will let you know within 8 weeks. 
Form - Started integration between 2013 and 2022
Form - Started integration as from 1 January 2022

Naturalisation or stronger residence permit

Did you obtain a diploma? And do you want to naturalise or apply for a stronger residence permit? Go to ind.nl Link opent externe pagina .