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New civic integration law

From 1 January 2022 the new civic integration law, the “Wet inburgering 2021”, applies to anybody who is newly required to integrate. Do you have to start civic integration on 1 January 2022 or after, the municipality will play an important role by guiding you through your integration.

Goal of the new law

The law aims for you as a newcomer to actively take part in Dutch society as soon as possible. And to find work as soon as possible.

What are the main changes?

  • The municipalities will guide people who are required to integrate during their civil integration.
  • The integration process will be tailored to each newcomer’s situation. The municipality will make a personal plan with everybody for their integration and participation. This is called the personal "Plan Inburgering en Participatie” (PIP).
  • The municipality will do a “broad intake” and determine each person’s learning route. They can also advise about a suitable educational institution.
  • If you are required to integrate, you will learn Dutch at a level that enables you to manage well in the Netherlands. This makes it easier for you to take part in Dutch society. And it will give you better chances on the Dutch labour market.
  • The combination of learning Dutch and taking part in Dutch society is central to the new civic integration system. For instance by doing an internship or (voluntary) work.

3 learning routes

The are 3 learning routes: the B1 route, the education route and the self-reliance route.

For the B1 route and the education route, language proficiency level B1 is the norm. B1 is a higher language proficiency level than the old law required. Therefore, people integrating will learn even better Dutch.

New on inburgeren.nl

The step-by-step plan is new on inburgeren.nl. The integration route you follow depends on your situation. The step-by-step plan will give you a overview of all the steps that make up your integration.