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’).
- 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.
- Complete the form ‘Aanvraag ontheffing inburgeringsplicht’.
- Ask your employer to complete the ‘werkgeversverklaring’ (employer’s statement).
- Send the form and the statement to DUO.
- DUO will invite you for an interview. This interview costs €90.
- 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.
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.
- You can Log in on Mijn Inburgering to apply for an exemption or you can 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 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.