You must take the exam, if you wish to live with your partner or spouse in the Netherlands. Also if your are a spiritual counsellor , you have to take this exam.
You take this exam at the Dutch representation in the country where you live or the country of continuous residence. In case there is no Dutch representation in the country where you live or the country of the continuous residence, you take the exam in a neighbouring country or another country close to the country where you live. You will need to contact the Dutch representation yourself. This is also the country where you collect the Regular Provisional Residence Permit (mvv) .
You do not have to take the exam in one of the following situations:
Are you sending the application by post? Please then enclose a regular copy or a certified copy of the diplomas or certificates. Never send the original by post. Are you going to visit an IND Desk? Please then bring the original diploma/certificate or a certified copy with you.
In special situations you can be granted exemption from taking (part of) the exam. This means that you do not have to take (part of) the exam.
If you think you are unable to pass the exam due to very special individual circumstances, you state this in the form. You use the 'Appendix Civic Integration Examination Abroad' (of the application form). You have to attach documentary evidence showing you are unable to pass the exam.
If you think that you are permanently not able to take the exam due to mental or physical circumstances, you report this to the Dutch representation. The Dutch representation will appoint a medical examiner who will conduct a medical examination. This examination costs money. The physician also fills in a medical questionnaire. He sends the form to the IND. You will receive a copy of this. You attach this copy to your application form. The medical questionnaire may not be older than 6 months upon submitting the application.
Were you unable to take the civic integration exam for a 3-year period due to physical or mental circumstances? You then can be granted exemption for taking (part of) the exam.
Do you not meet this requirement, but you do have a physical or mental impairment? In assessing your application for exemption, the IND will then also take in account other individual special circumstances.
The civic integration examination abroad costs €150. There is a self-study pack available that you can purchase to prepare yourself for the exam. You are not obligated to make use of the self-study pack. Further information on how to prepare yourself for the exam, can be found on the website Naar Nederland.
You may register for the civic integration examination abroad yourself, for your partner or for someone else. To register, you complete the digital registration form.
The results will be known within 8 weeks. DUO sends the results by email or by post. If you fail (part of) the examination, you may register again. You have to pay the costs again.
The examination consists of 3 parts. The civic integration examination abroad is valid for 1 year from the date you passed the final part. Did you pass the examination more than 1 year ago? You then have to take the examination again.
Having passed the examination, you may now submit the application. You make a copy/printout of the letter informing you that you passed the examination. You attach this to the application to be sent to the IND.