Did you have to start your integration on or after 1 October 2017? Then you must first be registered with a municipality.
What to do?
The municipality will send you a letter. The letter says you have to learn what is important in the Netherlands. For instance:
- Everybody in the Netherlands is equal.
- Everybody may choose their own partner.
- Everybody may choose their own religion.
- Everybody is allowed to go to school.
- Everybody can say what they think. But it is not allowed to discriminate against somebody else.
- We take care of ourselves. But we also take care of each other. The government helps when needed.
Did you not receive a letter? Contact the municipality where you are registered.
Signing the statement
Have you learned what is important in the Netherlands? Then you sign a piece of paper. This piece of paper is called the participation statement. By doing so, you state that you will actively participate in Dutch society and that you respect what is important in the Netherlands.
Municipality registers participation statement
The municipality registers that you have signed the participation statement. The municipality also informs DUO of this. After about 3 weeks it will show in Mijn Inburgering that you have signed the statement.
Within 1 year
You have 1 year to learn what is important in the Netherlands, and to sign the participation statement. This year begins when you register your new address with the municipality.
Did you not sign the participation statement within 1 year? If this is your own fault, the municipality will let DUO know. You will have to pay a €340 fine to DUO. And you will not be able to borrow money from DUO any more.
Are you late but is this not your fault? Or do you need more time? Then contact your municipality. The municipality will let DUO know why you are late. You will get extra time. Even if the municipality doesn’t give DUO any information, you will still get more time to sign the participation statement.
Who doesn’t have to sign?
Children under 18 don’t have to learn what is important in the Netherlands. Or sign the statement. Nor do people that are entitled to a Dutch state pension (AOW).