You take a course on participation
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For the civic integration process, you also participate in the free 'Participatieverklaringstraject' (PVT). This is a mandatory part for everyone who must integrate as of 1 October 2017.
This is what the participation statement path ('participatieverklaringstraject', PVT) entails
The PVT lasts a minimum of 12 hours and covers topics such as:
The Dutch Constitution
The meaning of freedom in the Netherlands
The meaning of equality in the Netherlands
The meaning of solidarity in the Netherlands
The meaning of participation in the Netherlands
A walk through the community where you live
In the end, you and the municipality sign the 'participatieverklaring' (declaration of participation)
It is the job of municipalities to implement the PVT.
You must sign the 'participatieverklaring' (declaration of participation)
At the end of the PVT, you must sign a 'participatieverklaring'. With this you say that you know and respect the important norms and values of Dutch society.
You have 3 years to complete the PVT
You have 3 years to complete the PVT. These 3 years start after the municipality adopts the
Consequences if you do not sign the 'participatieverklaring'
Signing the 'participatieverklaring' is a requirement of the
If you do not sign the declaration, you can be fined up to €340. You can get this fine more than once.
Also, you probably will not get a permanent residence permit or Dutch citizenship if you do not sign the 'participatieverklaring'. You will only receive this if you successfully complete civic integration.