The new law on Inburgering

September 30, 2020

The new Law on Inburgering has been passed in the Tweede Kamer and will most probably be accepted by the Eerste Kamer in October. Once that is done, the new law will come into effect on July 1st 2021.

The new rules for Inburgering will apply only to those who are required to start their Inburgering after July 1st, 2021. So, if you already received a letter from DUO stating that you are obliged to take the Inburgering Exam - or expect to receive one before July next year – there is nothing to worry about. You can still take your exams on level A2.

Not everyone has to do the Inburgering Exam. It may depend on your status and your personal situation. But if you have been living here for five years and you are thinking about getting a permanent residency permit or even naturalisation – you will have to do the Inburgering Exam first. In that case it would be wise to do so before July next year to avoid the dreaded B1 level.

Also, starting on October 1st of this year, the rules for the ONA exam will change. Until now, you were excempt from the exam if the following applied:

  • You held a paying job during the last 12 months and you worked at least 6 months in that period;
  • The company you work for is registered with the Dutch Belastingdienst;
  • You worked at least 48 hours per month.

Obviously, this excemption did not apply to those that work as ZZP (Zelfstandige Zonder Personeel). That means you have your own company, but you are the sole employee. This now is going to change.

You can now apply for exemption under the new rules if:

  1. Your company has been registered with the Chamber of Commerce for at least six months;
  2. You must be able to prove that your company made a profit of at least € 2.791,44 during those six months.


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