Basic Civic Integration Examination Abroad

You want to live with your partner in the Netherlands. To be allowed to live in the Netherlands, people from outside the EU usually need a permit. For this purpose you must first take the Basic Civic Integration Examination Abroad. This test is about the Dutch language and Dutch society. You can prepare for this exam using this website.

Read more information about civic integration in the Netherlands in the brochure Basic Civic Integration Examination Abroad of the Ministry of Social Affairs and Employment.

Practice independently with a study package Naar Nederland

The Dutch government has had a study package made with the name Naar Nederland. It consists of Lesson materials for people who want to prepare for the Basic Civic Integration Examination Abroad Naar Nederland contains Lesson materials for learning to speak, understand and read Dutch. You can also practice for the exams Knowledge of Dutch Society, Speaking proficiency and Reading proficiency. Naar Nederland enables you to practise for the exam independently. You can order the lesson materials or download them free of charge from this site. The package is available in 34 languages.

View the Lesson materials

  1. Practise with the sample exams
  2. Log in for the e-learning program
  3. Sign up for the exam

The civic integration examination abroad consists of three sections:

You take the exam at a Dutch embassy or consulate general. You contact the Dutch representation in the country where you want to take the exam. You can find a list of embassies and consulates where you can take the basic civic integration exam abroad in the Overview of countries civic integration exam abroad and MVV. The exam is taken on a computer. If you have any questions, you should ask the embassy staff member before the exam begins. Once the exam has started, you will not be able to ask any more questions. You do NOT have to do any writing during the exam.

Read more information about civic integration in the Netherlands in the brochure Basic Civic Integration Examination Abroad of the Ministry of Social Affairs and Employment.

Latest News

Coronavirus

Due to the measures against the coronavirus (COVID-19), the Basic Civic integration Exams were postponed. However, it is possible from today that in some countries the Dutch embassy resumes the exams again. If this is the case, and your appointment had been cancelled, the embassy will contact you for a new appointment.

Please keep an eye on the website www.nederlandwereldwijd.nl or www.nederlandenu.nl. where you can find information about the services of the Dutch embassies.

From January 1, 2022 civic integration requirement for newcomers of the Turkish nationality

As from January 1, 2022 newcomers of the Turkish nationality are held to civically integrate. To make a good start in the Netherlands, it is important that newcomers learn the language and get to know Dutch society. This way, they can participate as soon as possible. Whether that is through paid employment, an internship or voluntary work.

The civic integration requirement has already applied to newcomers from Turkey with asylum status and their family members since May 1, 2020. Effective from January 1, 2022 this requirement shall also apply to family migrants who wish to come to the Netherlands for a long-term stay and to other migrants like spiritual leaders. Highly skilled migrants, students or migrants who come to the Netherlands for a temporary purpose are not subject to the civic integration requirement. Newcomers of the Turkish nationality who are already in the Netherlands and who hold a residence permit, are basically not (yet) subject to the civic integration requirement.

Basic Civic Integration Examination Abroad

Are you of the Turkish nationality and are you coming to the Netherlands after December 31, 2021? In that case, you need a residence permit if you intend to stay in the Netherlands for more than 90 days. From January 1, 2022 you need authorisation for temporary stay ('mvv') and you must pass the basic civic integration examination abroad before coming to the Netherlands. Once you have arrived in the Netherlands, you need to start a personalised civic integration programme and you need to pass the civic integration examination.

The basic examination brochure answers the questions about the requirement to pass the basic civic integration examination, what is being tested, how you can prepare yourself, how / where the basic examination is taken, and what the costs are, how you know you passed and also if you can sit for a re-examination.

The basic civic integration examination must be taken abroad before coming to the Netherlands. In Turkey, the examination can be taken at VFS Ankara after an appointment has been made. You can find the contact details at Netherlands Worldwide.

Exemption from the basic civic integration examination and application for exemption

In a number of situations, you may be exempt from taking the basic civic integration examination. On IND.nl you can find information about exemption from the basic examination and application for exemption.

Questions?

For more information about the civic integration requirement for newcomers with a Turkish nationality, you can go to www.rijksoverheid.nl/onderwerpen/inburgeren-in-nederland/vraag-en-antwoord/inburgeren-turkse-nationaliteit.