Worked in the Netherlands

Did you work in the Netherlands during the past year? Then you may get an exemption for the Orientation on the Dutch Labour Market (ONA) exam. This means you do not have to take the exam.

Have you lived in the Netherlands for a long time? And did you work here for at least 5 years? Then you may not have to take any integration exams at all. This is called 'ontheffing wegens aantoonbaar voldoende ingeburgerd' (dispensation because of demonstrable integration).

Not taking the ONA exam

Conditions

  • You have worked for at least 6 months in the past 12 months.
  • You have worked as a salaried employee.
  • You worked at least 48 hours a month.

Apply

  1. Log in to Mijn Inburgering to apply for an exemption.
  2. If this does not work, use the form 'Aanvraag vrijstelling Oriëntatie op de Nederlandse Arbeidsmarkt' (Application for exemption for orientation on the Dutch labour market).
  3. DUO decides if you get an exemption. We will let you know within 8 weeks.

Have you already paid for the ONA exam? You will not get a refund.

Exemption employees international organization and managing director and major shareholders

Do you work for an international organization in the Netherlands? Or for an other organization that doesn’t have to pay premiums for social insurance Link opent externe pagina ? Then you can apply for an exemption for the ONA exam. You can also apply if you are a managing director and major shareholder.

  1. Fill in the form ‘Aanvraag vrijstelling ONA internationale organisatie’(Application exemption ONA international organization).
  2. Send the form and supporting documents to DUO.
  3. DUO decides if you get an exemption. We will let you know within 8 weeks.

Have you already paid for the ONA exam? You will not get a refund.

Self-employed

Do you run a business in the Netherlands? You can ask for an exemption for ONA if you meet at least 1 of the following criteria:

  • During the past 12 months, your company was registered with the Dutch chamber of commerce (‘Kamer van Koophandel’) for at least 6 months. And you earned a minimum income per year. For 2021 the minimum income is € 2,815.56.
  • You receive financial support for self-employed professionals (Bbz2004) from the municipality.
  • Your residence permit says the purpose of your stay is self-employment (‘verblijfsdoel: Arbeid als Zelfstandige’). The purpose of your stay is stated on the back of your residence permit.

Aanvragen vrijstelling ONA

Do you meet 1 of the criteria? Then apply for an exemption for ONA:

  1. Complete the form ‘Aanvraag Vrijstelling Oriëntatie op de Nederlandse Arbeidsmarkt - zelfstandig ondernemer’ (Application exemption Orientation on the Dutch labour market- self-employed).
  2. Add a 'samenstellingsverklaring' from your accountant that shows your  annual figures over the past fiscal year. Haven't you filed your tax returns yet? Then ask your accountant for a statement of your income.
  3. The formstates what other documents you need to include.
  4. Send the form, the annual figures and the other documents to DUO by post.
  5. DUO decides if you get an exemption. We will let you know within 8 weeks.

Have you already paid for the ONA exam? You will not get a refund.

Not taking any integration exams

Conditions

  • You are required to integrate.
  • You have lived in the Netherlands for 10 years or longer.
  • You have worked in the Netherlands for 5 years or longer. Voluntary work also counts.
  • Your Dutch is good.

Apply

  1. Complete the form ‘Aanvraag ontheffing inburgeringsplicht’ (Application for dispensation of the requirement to integrate).
  2. Ask your employer to complete the ‘werkgeversverklaring’ (employer’s statement).
  3. Send the form and the statement to DUO by post.
  4. Within 8 weeks DUO will invite you for an interview. This interview costs €90.
  5. After the interview, DUO decides if you get dispensation.

Naturalization or stronger residence permit

Did you work in the Netherlands? And do you want to naturalize or apply for a stronger residence permit? Go to the IND website Link opent externe pagina .