Dutch diploma or Dutch education programme
Have you already gained a diploma in the Netherlands? Or a diploma in Belgium or Suriname in the Dutch language? Then maybe you don’t need to go through the integration process at all. This is called a full exemption. Or you don’t have to take all the integration exams. This is called a partial exemption.
Which diplomas and programmes
A diploma from these programmes may get you a full exemption:
- mbo level 2 or higher
- hbo, if the programme was in Dutch
- wo, if the programme was in Dutch
Were you already obliged to integrate before 1 January 2015? Then you may also get a full exemption for a diploma from these programmes:
- NT2 State exam
- mbo level 1
A diploma or certificate from these programmes may get you a partial exemption:
- NT2 State exam (if you were obliged to integrate from 1 January 2015 or later)
- spoken Dutch exam (TGN) as part of the Basic Civic Integration Examination Abroad (only if you took the exam before 1 November 2014 and obtained at least 37 points)
Education programme in the Netherlands
Are you attending a training or education programme in the Netherlands? In this case, you sometimes don’t need to integrate for now, but you will have to later. This is called a temporary exemption. You need to meet the following conditions:
- The programme entitles you to a full exemption if you obtain the diploma.
- You started the programme before or on your 18th birthday.
Applying for an exemption
- Complete the form ‘Aanvraag vrijstelling’ (Application for exemption).
- The form states the conditions, and which documents you need to send with it. Send the form and the documents to DUO.
- DUO decides whether you are granted an exemption, and what kind of exemption.