Obtained a Dutch diploma

Did you already obtain a diploma? Then perhaps you can get an exemption. You can only get an exemption if you are required to integrate. Use a form to apply for an exemption.

Kinds of exemptions

There are 3 kinds of exemptions:

1. Full exemption

You are fully exempt from the requirement to integrate. This means you don't have to take the integration exam.

2. Partial exemption

There are parts of the integration exam you don't have to take. But you still have to take the remaining parts of the integration exam.

3. Temporary exemption

You temporarily don't have to integrate, for instance because you are in education.

Conditions full exemption

These diplomas may get you a full 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:
    • This must be a diploma for a programme in Dutch.
    • You passed the subject Dutch.
Conditions partial exemption

These diplomas or documents may get you a partial exemption:

  • Staatsexamen Nt2 (Dutch as a Second Language state exam)
  • Deelcertificaat staatsexamen Nt2 (partial certificate Dutch as a Second Language state exam)
  • Did you pass the spoken Dutch test (TGN) as part of the basic civic integration exam abroad (BIB) before November 2014? And did you obtain at least 37 points? Does your integration and participation plan (PIP) state that you have to do the exams at A2 language level? Perhaps you can get an exemption for the Speaking exam.
  • List of marks or certificate from secondary education, secondary education for adults, or secundary education state exams with a sufficient grade for Dutch.
  • Foreign diploma or certificate showing that:
    • you passed 1 or more parts of the exam at A2 (Wi2013) or B1 (Wi2021) levels at least, and
    • you followed the programme at an institution accredited by the government of that country.

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)? Then you may not have to take any integration exams. Apply for an exemption.

Did start your integration between 1 January 2015 en 1 January 2022? And do you hold a diploma for an ‘entreeopleiding’ (MBO level 1)? 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 on 1 January 2022 or after
Form - Started integration between 1 January 2013 and 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 .

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