You live and work in the Netherlands

If you have worked in the Netherlands, you may not have to take the integration exam. Or you may not be required to take the ONA exam.

Integration exam not necessary

Have you already been living in the Netherlands for a long time? And have you worked here? Then you might possibly not need to take any exams. This is called an ‘ontheffing wegens aantoonbaar voldoende ingeburgerd’ (‘exemption due to demonstrable sufficient integration’).

Conditions
  • You received a letter from DUO that you are required to integrate.
  • You have been living in the Netherlands for 10 years or longer.
  • You have worked in the Netherlands for 5 years or longer. Voluntary work also counts.
  • You speak good Dutch.
Applying for a dispensation
  1. Complete the form ‘Aanvraag ontheffing inburgeringsplicht’.
  2. Ask your employer to complete the ‘werkgeversverklaring’ (employer’s statement).
  3. Send the form and the statement to DUO.
  4. DUO will invite you for an interview. This interview costs €90.
  5. After the interview, DUO decides whether you will be granted a dispensation.

No need to take the ‘Orientation on the Dutch Labour Market’ exam

If you have worked during the past 12 months, you may not have to take the ‘Orientation on the Dutch Labour Market’ exam at all.

Conditions

You may apply for an exemption if you meet the following conditions:

  • 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.

If you are self-employed, other rules apply.

Applying for an exemption
  1. Log in to Mijn Inburgering to apply for an exemption.
  2. If this won't work, use the form 'Aanvraag vrijstelling Oriëntatie op de Nederlandse Arbeidsmarkt'.

DUO decides whether you will be granted an exemption. You will be informed of this by letter.
Have you already applied for an exemption from ONA? Then you do not need to do this a second time.
Have you already paid for the ONA exam? You will not get a refund.

Your employer does not pay premiums for social insurance in the Netherlands

Do you work for an international organisation in the Netherlands? Or for an other organisation that doesn't have to pay premiums for social insurance Link opent externe pagina?

  1. Fill in the form Aanvraag vrijstelling ONA internationale organisatie.
  2. Send the form and supporting documents to DUO.

DUO decides whether you will be granted an exemption. You will be informed of this by letter.
Have you already paid for the ONA exam? You will not get a refund.

Self-employed

Do you run a business in the Netherlands? Then you must 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 at least the minimum income. For 2020 the minimum income is € 2,791.44.
  • 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 an ONA exemption

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

  1. Fill out the ‘Aanvraag Vrijstelling Oriëntatie op de Nederlandse Arbeidsmarkt - zelfstandig ondernemer’ form.
  2. Enclose a ‘samenstellingsverklaring’ (financial statement) from your accountant or bookkeeper, stating the business results in the past tax year. Have you not yet filed your tax returns? Then ask you accountant for a statement of your income.
  3. The form says what other documents to enclose.
  4. Send the form, the accountant’s statement and the other required documents to DUO.

DUO decides whether you will be granted an exemption. You will be informed of this by letter.

Have you already paid for the ONA exam? You will not get a refund.