Worked in the Netherlands

Did you start your integration on 1 January 2022 or after? Then this page is not for you. It does not matter if you worked in the Netherlands.

If you worked in the Netherlands, check if you can get an exemption.

Not taking the ONA exam

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.

Conditions

  • You started your integration before 1 January 2022.
  • 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 'Aanvraag vrijstelling Oriëntatie op de Nederlandse Arbeidsmarkt' form.
  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 does not 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 ‘Aanvraag vrijstelling ONA internationale organisatie’ form.
  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 your own business in the Netherlands? Then you need to 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 2022 the minimum income is €3,095,63.
  • 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.

Apply for the ONA exemption

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

  1. Complete the ‘Aanvraag Vrijstelling Oriëntatie op de Nederlandse Arbeidsmarkt - zelfstandig ondernemer’ form.
  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 form states 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

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 an full exemption because of demonstrable integration ('vrijstelling wegens aantoonbaar voldoende ingeburgerd').

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.
Started integration between 2013 and 2022
  1. Complete the ‘Aanvraag ontheffing inburgeringsplicht’ form.
  2. Ask your employer to complete the ‘werkgeversverklaring’ (employer’s statement).
  3. Send the form and the statement to DUO by post.
  4. DUO will invite you for an interview. This interview costs €90.
  5. After the interview, DUO decides if you get an exemption.

Started integration as from 1 January 2022

  1. Complete the ‘Aanvraag vrijstelling inburgeringsplicht’ form.
  2. Ask your employer to complete the ‘werkgeversverklaring’ (employer’s statement).
  3. Send the form and the statement to DUO by post.
  4. DUO will invite you for an interview. This interview costs €90.
  5. After the interview, DUO decides if you get an exemption.

Naturalisation or stronger residence permit

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