Learning Dutch is part of the integration process. In addition, you have to learn how Dutch people live and work. After this, you take the integration exam. If you pass this exam, then you are officially integrated. Most people who integrate are asylum migrants (refugees).
Integration obligationIf you have to integrate, DUO will send you a letter telling you the date on which you have to start your integration. Beginning with this date, you then have 3 years to integrate. This is called the integration period.
Do you no longer have the letter? In Mijn Inburgering you can see the date from which you have to integrate.
You can also integrate on a voluntary basis. This means that there is no obligation but you yourself want to do this. One reason for doing this is so that you can naturalise.
Are you a Turkish asylum migrant? Then you can choose: voluntary integration or compulsory integration.
Do you choose voluntary integration?
- You are always due to pay back the loan.
Do you choose compulsory integration?
- You have 3 years to integrate.
- If you pass the integration exam in time, you don’t need to pay back the loan.
- If you don’t pass the integration exam in time, you are due to pay back the loan. You can also be fined up to € 1,250.-.
- You need to sign the participation statement with the municipality (the town or city where you live).
- Did you choose compulsory integration? Then you won’t be able to change your choice afterwards.
What to do?
- Complete the form Keuze inburgeringsplicht. On the form you indicate your choice: : voluntary integration or compulsory integration.
- Send the form to DUO. The address is on the form.
Going to school
You can learn for the exam by yourself if you prefer. But most people do a course at a school. DUO doesn’t have textbooks for the exam but it does provide practice exams.