Dutch labour market final evaluation talk dropped from Inburgeringsexamen

Dutch labour market final evaluation talk dropped from Inburgeringsexamen

Due to the lack of examiners and a waiting time of around 15 weeks, the Minister of Social Affairs, Wouter Koolmees, has decided to drop the final evaluation talk, which was part of the orientation of the Dutch labour market section of the Civic Integration Exam (Inburgeringsexamen). The minister has informed the House of Representatives by means of a letter.

Integration in the Netherlands

Many migrants to the Netherlands are required to take the Civic Integration Exam in order to obtain Dutch citizenship or a Dutch residence permit. Migrants who are obliged to pass the Inburgeringsexamen have three years to do so.

There are, of course, other ways to integrate into the Netherlands which are recognised by the Dutch government. Instead of taking the Inburgeringsexamen, you could take the Dutch as a Second Language State Exam (Staatsexamen NT2).

Orientation of the Dutch labour market

The Civic Integration Exam consists of six parts, namely competence in speaking, reading, writing, listening, as well as knowledge of the Dutch society and orientation of the Dutch labour market.

The Minister of Social Affairs has decided to ditch the final evaluation talk, which falls under the orientation of the Dutch labour market section. The reasons behind this are the lack of examiners and the waiting time to take the exam, which had gone up to 15 weeks.

Instead of the final evaluation talk, those sitting the orientation of the Dutch labour market exam will have to prepare a portfolio and prove that they have spent at least 64 hours working on it. A special software programme will be used to ensure that each portfolio is original. The option to have the final evaluation talk instead of handing in a portfolio will still remain.

Koolmees is also looking to see whether those who have already found a job in the Netherlands, but are required to take the Inburgeringsexamen, can be exempted from the orientation of the Dutch labour market section in the future.

Mina Solanki


Mina Solanki

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Chetan Goenka 15:08 | 6 February 2018

Hi, I have just registered for my Inburgeringexamen and have my dates for the first 5 exams. The ONA part that has been dropped is applicable for me or not ? Do I have to wait for 4 months for the interview or am I also exempted from the same ?

minasolanki 15:24 | 6 February 2018

Hi Chetan, For the ONA part you will still have to complete a portfolio but the final evaluation talk has been scrapped. Please consult your DUO account for more information specific to your situation. Hope this helps, Many thanks, Mina

BethMassa 20:34 | 6 February 2018

I have passed the entire exam except my portfolio keeps being rejected with the generic "check the manual" feedback. I have been employed in the Netherlands the entire time I have lived here. . I have put in fake job applications to show I know how to do it and I have a cover letter and my resume written in English (which the instructions says is allowed). I'd rather take a verbal exam than continue this roulette wheel of trying to guess what the examiners want from me. Any advice?

minasolanki 09:47 | 7 February 2018

Hi Beth, We would recommend getting in touch with the DUO to see if they can talk through your portfolio with you. Hope this helps! Have a nice day, Mina

Claire Utrecht 13:55 | 7 February 2018

Can you provide additional sources (newspapers, etc, even in Dutch) of this ruling?

minasolanki 13:59 | 7 February 2018

Hi Claire, Please take a look at this article (in Dutch) from the Dutch government: Other newspapers such as NOS, NRC and have also reported on this matter. Hope this helps, Kind regards, Mina

Tanya Suleria 22:43 | 7 February 2018

Hi, I have cleared all my four Staatdexamen B-1 and also KNM. Do I need to do ONA also or I can apply for my passport?

minasolanki 09:39 | 8 February 2018

Hi Tanya, it is only the final examination talk that have been scrapped from ONA- not the section itself. Please consult the Immigration and Naturalisation Service (IND) for more information about naturalisation and the conditions for obtaining a passport. Also visit our page about the Dutch passport: Hope this helps, Mina

Gina Opiniano 23:17 | 7 February 2018

Gladly my first examen was the portfolio. It was the easy one. Just dont get too nervous..

Marcela Hofman-... 11:44 | 3 July 2018

Could you expand more on what to expect from the interview? Is it really 40 minutes, or up to 40 minutes? Thanks!

anh.hoang 20:11 | 12 February 2018

Great news but could you please tell me as of when this will be applied?

minasolanki 10:19 | 13 February 2018

Hi Anh.hoang, the exact date of application has not been announced yet, unfortunately. Have a nice day!

Marechelle van ... 20:31 | 30 March 2018

Good evening. We are looking to relocate back to the Netherlands. Long story short: We(my husband is Dutch) Me(South African) used to live in the NL for 3years. Our marriage was registered at the "gemeente" before the 5years passed where I could have gotten my Dutch Citizenship we had to return to SA for work. Both our Children are born in SA. Ive gotten exemption from my inburgerings exam in 2005 and also took an additional language course from the Eerste Nederlandse Talenpraktikum in Dordrecht in 2005. I did 100 lessons in "voortgezette cursus Nederlands voor anderstaligen". We want to relocate to the NL again would I need to do an inburgerings course again and start from scratch or would this be sufficient for exemption? I also have a "sofi"number. Kind regards Marechelle vd Net

minasolanki 10:32 | 19 April 2018

Hi Marechelle, Thank you for your message. We recommend that you get in touch with your municipality and the DUO: Hope this helps!

ADRIANA GARCIA 22:53 | 18 April 2018

Hello My husband is from Nederland but we don't live in Holland . I need to take the Inburgerings examen can somebody please recommend me a good website or tutor to get classes to specific helping focus on the exam. I don't speak Dutch but I need to pass this exams I'm so nervous help please !

minasolanki 10:34 | 19 April 2018

Hi Adriana, Please take a look at our page about Dutch courses: Good luck!

Klusjesman Amsterdam 10:22 | 25 May 2018

I submitted portfolio for ONA at the end of February 2018. It took them 2 months to accept it as good. DUO people repeatedly told me I needed to wait 4 months to have the last interview scheduled. After that, another 8 weeks for the ONA result, another 4 weeks for a letter that I passed all 6 tests and another 2 weeks for my diploma. Even in Afghanistan they would process faster. Not to mention a first class country such as the Netherlands, with administrative capacity, educated personnel and technological environment. Shame on them. Such sloppy work for the first class country. What's the excuse for this nonsense?

Camila Quintero 10:15 | 27 August 2018

Hi, I'm currently living in Spain while gathering all the documents for a partnership visa, however when it comes to the exam I was only requested to perform Kennis, Leesvaardigheid A1 and Spreekvaardigheid A1. Not writing or the portafolio part...I'm quite confused as I don't know if it is I'm missing the other two parts or if the process is different for couples that are not yet living in the Netherladnds?

WilliamRobson 12:41 | 4 September 2018

..I'm quite confused as I don't know if it is I'm missing the other two parts or if the process

bygefo 13:55 | 3 October 2018

Hi Mina, I passed all the inburgering exams and my portofolio was accepted. But I am still waiting for the "Orientation on the Dutch Labor Market" exam which does not have a date yet. It has been more than a month now. I already have been working in Netherlands for 6 years. Which number should I call?

minasolanki 14:02 | 3 October 2018

Hi Bygefo, Thank you for your question. I advise calling the DUO, you can find their number here: Hope this helps! Kind regards, Mina

Sandie Yang 14:43 | 8 January 2019 From 1 Apr 2019, those who have been working in NL for more than 12 months, will be exempted from ONA exams.

natz 20:55 | 7 August 2019

Hi Mina, my allowed civic integration obligation is only until August 2019. I already passed the exams, and submitted my portfolio. My portfolio is good just received the email this July 29, 2019. I am afraid that I didn't receive yet any invitation for interview that will last for a month. Do you think they will charge me the penalty already when august ends? I am worried since the response takes too long, Thank you in advance

minasolanki 09:21 | 8 August 2019

Hi Natz, thank you for reaching out. I am afraid I really can't say for sure. I would suggest calling DUO and explaining your situation, hopefully, they can then give you some answers. Here is a link to their page with the number to call them on: Good luck!