This is what you need to know about civic integration
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If you have a residence permit and are between 18 and 67 years old, the government requires you to learn Dutch and get to know Dutch society. This is called civic integration. Read here when and how to start civic integration.
You must undergo civic integration if you have an asylum residence permit
If you are between the ages of 18 and 67 and have an asylum residence permit, the Dutch government requires you to undergo civic integration. Civic integration means learning Dutch and learning about Dutch society.
You are required to take courses and do civic integration exams.
You receive a letter from DUO about civic integration
After you have received a residence permit you will receive a letter about civic integration. You will receive this letter by post from DUO within 8 weeks.
You will usually receive a letter explaining you that you have to undergo civic integration. And how long you have to undergo civic integration. Sometimes you receive two letters: one telling you that you have to undergo civic integration and one telling you how much time you have to undergo civic integration.
These rules apply to you
The Netherlands has two different civic integration systems: the integration system since 2013 and the integration system 2021. Both systems have different rules.
To find out what rules apply to you, look at the letter from the
Your personal file on inburgeren.nl also shows which system of civic integration applies to you.
Choose which civic integration system applies to you below to get information about civic integration in your personal situation:
This important information is contained in the letter
The letter you receive from DUO is important. The letter contains 3 things about your civic integration that you will need later:
When to start the civic integration.
How much time you have to undergo civic integration. The government calls this the 'inburgeringstermijn' (civic integration period). You usually have 3 years to complete the civic integration.
In the Netherlands there are two different systems for civic integration. The letter from DUO tells you in which system you have to undergo civic integration.
You have to undergo civic integration according to 1 of 2 laws
There are two different laws for civic integration in the Netherlands. The letter from DUO states which law and therefore which integration system applies to you. Choose below which civic integration system it is to receive information about your personal situation: