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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 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.
Applying for an exemption
  1. Apply for the exemption by completing the 'Aanvraag vrijstelling Oriëntatie op de Nederlandse Arbeidsmarkt' form. Have you already applied for an exemption from ONA? Then you do not need to do this a second time.
  2. Send the form to DUO.
  3. DUO decides whether you will be granted an exemption.
  4. You will be informed of this by letter.
Have you already paid for the ONA exam? In this case you will not be refunded the money.

Naturalization

Have you been granted an exemption for the integration exam? Or have you been granted an exemption for ONA? And do you wish to apply for a Dutch passport? The IND website provides information about when you can become a Dutch citizen.