Civic integration

The civic integration process (inburgeren) means being able to participate in Dutch society as quickly as possible. You learn the Dutch language and how everything works in the Netherlands. Afterwards you take the civic integration exams. Once you pass the exams, you will have successfully completed the civic integration process.

Who is it for?

The civic integration requirement depends primarily on your nationality. You can find more information on the website of the Dutch government.

Civic integration requirement before 2013

Did you get your residence permit before 2013? Then you received a letter from the municipality about your civic integration requirement. This letter states when you need to pass the civic integration exam: your ‘integration period’.

Did you not pass the civic integration exam within the integration period? Then the municipality will ask you to come in for a talk.

Do you have question about your civic integration requirement? Send an email to: inburgeringoudrecht@denhaag.nl.

Civic integration requirement after 2013

Did you receive your residence permit after 1 January 2013? And do you have a civic integration requirement? Then you will get a letter from the Dienst Uitvoering Onderwijs (DUO). The letter states how much time you have to pass the civic integration exam: 3 years as of the date you received your residence permit. This is your ‘integration period’.

Important for your integration process

  • You are responsible for your own civic integration process.
  • You have to look for your own civic integration course. You can find more information on the website www.blikopwerk.nl.
  • You need to pass the civic integration exam within the 3-year integration period. If you do not participate, you could get a fine from DUO. Not participating can also affect your residence permit.

Would you like more information? Look at the website www.inburgeren.nl.

Need help with your civic integration process?

The municipality's Inburgering team supports newcomers who have a residence permit as of 2013 to complete their integration process on time. The team will also help you find a good Dutch language and integration course.

For more information send an email to: inburgering@denhaag.nl.

Integration course

If you have a civic integration requirement, you need to arrange your integration course yourself. Approved language schools can be found at www.blikopwerk.nl.

Applying for a loan for the integration course

The integration course costs money. You can read about whether and how you can apply for a loan from DUO on the website www.inburgeren.nl.

Civic integration exams

Do you have a civic integration requirement? Then you need to pass all the exams within your integration period. You can apply for these exams at DUO. If you pass your civic integration exams, you will get an integration diploma from DUO. More information can be found on the website www.inburgeren.nl.

Participation Declaration procedure

Learning what is important in the Netherlands and signing the participation declaration is an important part of the civic integration procedure. It is important that you follow this Participation Declaration procedure at the Dutch Council for Refugees (Vluchtelingenwerk). You will become acquainted with Dutch core values during the procedure, such as equality and freedom of speech.

Would you like to learn more about the Participation Declaration procedure? Look at Participatieverklaringstraject (in Dutch).

Civic integration requirement as of 2022

The new Civic Integration Act will take effect on 1 January 2022. As of then the municipality will help newcomers with a civic integration requirement to get through their integration procedure. This new law is meant to help newcomers learn Dutch and participate in Dutch society as quickly as possible. The new integration programme will have different rules for status holders (refugees with a temporary asylum residence permit), family migrants and other migrants (including spiritual leaders).

The new integration programme will combine language lessons with the participation course. The civic integration process in The Hague includes:

  • a good start
  • guidance in preparing for the civic integration exam
  • a personal approach
  • encouragement of participants to get involved
  • a joint programme with partners in the city

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