Worked in the Netherlands

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

Did you start your integration on 1 January 2022 or after? Then the exemption for ONA is not for you.

Exemption ONA

Completely incapacitated for work or with full early retirement?

Are you subject to a civic integration program and are you fully incapacitated for work or are you already fully retired? Then you may be able to obtain an exemption for the Orientation on the Dutch Labor Market (ONA) exam. An exemption means you no longer need to take the ONA exam.

Apply for ONA exemption because of incapacity for work or early retirememt

Use the 'Aanvraag vrijstelling Oriëntatie op de Nederlandse Arbeidsmarkt' form to apply for the exemption.

Worked?

Have you worked in the past year? Then you may be able to obtain an exemption for the Orientation on the Dutch Labor Market (ONA) exam. You no longer need to take the ONA exam. Conditions:

  • You were employed and
  • you have worked for at least 6 months in the past 12 months and
  • you worked at least 48 hours a month.

Apply for ONA exemption because you worked

  1. Log in to Mijn Inburgering to apply for an exemption.
  2. 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.

Login problems

If you cannot log in to Mijn Inburgering, please use the 'Aanvraag vrijstelling Oriëntatie op de Nederlandse Arbeidsmarkt' form.

Exemption employees international organization and managing director and major shareholders

Do you work for an international organization which has a branch 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. The profit of your company for 2022 was at least €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. The form states what other documents you need to include.
  3. Send the form, the annual figures and the other documents to DUO by post.
  4. 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 or dispensation due to demonstrable sufficient integration

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.

Apply

  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.
 
  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.

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 .