The new Civic Integration Act came into effect on 1 January 2022. Read below about a number of important changes.
People who come from outside the European Union, Iceland, Croatia, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland and live in the Netherlands for an extended period are required by law to learn the Dutch language and to learn how Dutch society and the labour market work. This is called integration. Read more about what integration is and whether or not you are required to integrate.
In order to prove that you have sufficient knowledge of the Dutch language and society, you must take an exam. Most people do the integration exam in the Netherlands, but there are also other ways to integrate.
There are three pathways in the Civic Integration Act for people who have to integrate to fulfil their civic integration requirement. Would you like to know more about the different pathways and the one which best suits your needs? Read more about it here.
During the comprehensive intake interview, you are shown the different ways in which you can fulfil your civic integration requirement. You can find out more information about the comprehensive intake interview in the following article.
The drawing up of a personal Civic Integration and Participation Plan (PIP) is mandatory. The PIP comprises all the information on how someone must satisfy their civic integration requirement. Would you like to know more about the content of the PIP? Read more about it here.
The Participation Statement Process is a mandatory part of civic integration and is part of the personal Civic Integration and Participation Plan (PIP). People who have to integrate are introduced to the core values of Dutch society and sign a participation statement. Read more about the PVT here.
In order to comply with the civic integration requirement, people who have to integrate must complete and pass the Dutch Labour Market and Participation Module (MAP). You will familiarise yourself with and prepare yourself for participation in the Dutch labour market. Would you like to find out more about the MAP? Read more about it here.
To be able to make use of a DUO loan to pay for civic integration exam preparation, language tuition has to be approved by the Blik op Werk foundation (BoW). Read more about the Blik op Werk quality mark here.
In order to pass the integration exam, you must be able to read, listen, write and speak in Dutch at the B1 level. In addition, you must have knowledge of Dutch society. Read all about how you can best prepare for the exam.
The immigration and naturalization service (Immigratie- en Naturalisatiedienst, IND) and other important authorities
What does this agency do, what matters do you need to handle through the IND and what other agencies are relevant to you?
About the costs of integrating, borrowing money and finding a language school.