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 of your nationality or the country of continuous residence. In case there is no Dutch representation in either one of those countries, 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. A list of embassies for taking a civic integration exam abroad can be found in the 'Overview of countries and cities for mvv application and taking civic integration exams'.
You do not have to take the exam in one of the following situations:
You have the status of a long-term resident EC in another EU country.
You intend to apply for residence with a family member who has a residence permit for a temporary purpose of stay.
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.
You can be exempted from taking (a part of) the exam in case of special individual or medical circumstances. This means that you do not have to take (a part of) the exam (again).
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 (part of) the civic integration exam or unable to make efforts to prepare for (part of) the civic integration exam due to physical or mental circumstances for a period of 3 years? 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. You can register for all 3 parts of the exams or just for one part. To register, you complete the digital registration form.
The results will be known within 8 weeks. DUO sends the results by email. The email includes a PDF file with the results. In the PDF file you can read which parts of the exam you have passed. You have passed the basic civic integration examination when the PDF file states you have passed all 3 parts of the exam. You can include this PDF file to your application for the mvv. You will not receive a certificate from DUO.
If you fail (part of) the examination, you may register again. You have to pay the costs again. Parts of the exam that you did pass stay valid until you have all 3 parts of the exam.
After passing all parts of the examination, you have 1 year to apply for an mvv. If you have been waiting for more than 1 year, then you have to take the examination again. You can find the datum afgifte (issue date) of the results in the PDF file that you received by email from DUO.
Having passed the examination, you may now submit the mvv 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.
The civic integration examination abroad is the start of your integration. Have you gotten your residence permit? And are you living in the Netherlands? Then you will do a civic integration course in the Netherlands. And after the course the civic integration examination. You are integrated when you have passed the civic integration examination in the Netherlands. You can read more on integration in the Netherlands.
A country of continuous residence is a country (other than the country of origin) where you may lawfully live for more than 3 months. This means you have a valid residence permit for that country. Or that you are waiting for your application for a residence permit to be approved.
Are you in a country in your free term? Of with a visa for short stay (maximum of 3 months)? This is not continuous residence.
This is from the age of 5 until the end of the school year in which the child becomes 16 year old.
The Kingdom of the Netherlands consists of The Netherlands, Aruba, Curaçao and Sint Maarten. And 3 special municipalities: Bonaire, Sint Eustatius and Saba.
A 'certified copy' is a copy of a record which has been affixed with an original stamp/seal by the issuing institution, thus proving that it is a genuine copy of an original document issued by that institution. For this you need to contact the educational institute where you earned your diploma or certificate.