Q&A's Civic integration exam

Can I go to the embassy to take the civic integration examination?

Due to COVID-19, it depends on the epidemiological situation in a country and the measures in force in that country (e.g. lockdown) whether and to what extent the consular desk of an embassy or consulate general is open. Check the webpage of the embassy or consulate general if it is possible to make an appointment to take the civic integration exam. This page will be updated as soon as the consular services and appointment possibilities change.

If an embassy or consulate general is open for consular services and you can go there to take the exam, the capacity may still be limited. Please therefore expect longer waiting times than you are used to.

The consular section of the embassy is closed. Is it possible to take the civic integration exam?

Sometimes, the local situation (temporarily) does not allow the consular desk to be opened. If the consular section of the embassy or consulate general is closed, you cannot take the civic integration examination there.

Are you curious whether the embassy or consulate general in your region currently facilitates civic integration exams? Then consult the webpage of the embassy or consulate general. This page will be updated as soon as possibilities change.

I want to take the civic integration exam but the embassy in my country of residence is currently closed. I can make an appointment at the Dutch embassy in another country in the region, is this allowed?

If the embassy or consulate general in that country has basic integration exam facilities and there is sufficient capacity, you can also take the exam there. You can contact the relevant embassy or consulate general to inquire about the possibilities.

Why can't I take the civic integration examination at the Dutch embassy in my region, while I can at the Dutch embassy in another country?

The ability to facilitate civic integration exams depends on the local situation. This may differ per region or country. For example, the consular section of an embassy or consulate general may be (temporarily) closed due to lockdown or local restrictions related to health and safety reasons. Please check the webpage of the embassy or consulate general for new developments.

Where can I see or inquire when the embassy in my region will open again and I can schedule an appointment for the civic integration exam?

The opening of consular offices depends on the local situation and COVID-19 measures. Keep an eye on the webpage of the embassy or consulate general for new developments.

I am in the Netherlands and I want to apply for a residence permit. To do so, I must first pass the civic integration examination abroad, but I cannot return to my country due to travel restrictions. What can I do?

Normally, you must travel back to your country of origin or permanent residence to take the civic integration examin and then apply for your MVV. The IND understands that travelling is not always possible because of the measures against the coronavirus. Therefore, in certain situations, you can apply for a residence permit in the Netherlands without an MVV and you do not have to pass the civic integration examination abroad first. For more information about this goodwill measure, the conditions and the procedure, please visit the IND website.

My appointment for the basic civic integration exam abroad was cancelled due to Corona measures. Do I have to pay for a new examination appointment?

No. You have already paid the exam fee to DUO, and you will not be required to pay it again.

What does it mean for me if I cannot do my civic integration exam now?

You may not be able to submit an MVV application without a diploma for the civic integration examination. You can consult the IND website for more information about applying for an MVV. The website Naar Nederland also provides information on the basic civic integration exams abroad. 

Can I get exemption from the civic integration exam or do the civic integration exam in the Netherlands?

If, due to special circumstances, you are unable to take the exam, you can ask the IND for an exemption. For more information on the conditions, please visit the IND website. It is not possible to take the civic integration exam in the Netherlands.