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.
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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