Doing your inburgeringsexamen? The language requirement will stay at A2 for now

The Dutch government’s plan to raise the language requirement for the inburgeringsexamen to B1 level has been put on hold.

What is the inburgeringsexamen?

Some people living in the Netherlands may be required to go through an integration process and demonstrate that they have done so by taking the civic integration exam — the inburgeringsexamen.

READ MORE | Inburgeringsexamen? The Guide to the Civic Integration Exam in the Netherlands

As part of this exam, hopeful future citizens of the Netherlands must complete a Dutch language exam.

Language requirement will remain at A2

People applying for “humanitarian non-temporary” and “indefinite period” residence permits, as well as those applying for naturalisation, are currently required to take a language test at level A2. This can be a scary prospect for some — especially with the government planning to up the level from intermediate (A2) to advanced (B1).

The Dutch government plans to increase this requirement to level B1. However, according to the IND, this is not expected to happen in 2022. As a result, the language requirement will remain at level A2 for the coming year.

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Jen Lorimer 🇿🇼
An avid tea drinker, Jen was born and raised in Zimbabwe. She moved to Utrecht in 2017 to pursue her history degree. She loves people-watching, canoeing the Utrecht canals, and observing how the Dutch come alive in summer. Having been traumatised by a Dutch circle party, Jen wants to help equip other internationals with tips and tricks to survive and thrive in this wonderful flat country.


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