Planning to do the civic integration? You’ll only need A2 level Dutch (for now)

Good news for everyone who has been struggling with their Nederlands: The Dutch level requirement for inburgering (civic integration) will stay at A2! ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑ

An increase of the language requirement to B1 has been in the talks for a while now.ย However, the Immigratie- en Naturalisatiedienst (Immigration and Naturalisation Service, IND for short), has announced that this increase will likely not occur in 2023. Hoera!

This is dependent on your visa type, whether you’re obliged to integrate (or doing it voluntarily) and the dates of your integration, so if you’re in doubt, it’s best to check with your local municipality.

Relief for hopeful Dutch residents

Some of us currently living in the Netherlands may need to be awarded a civic integration diploma in order to naturalise or secure permanent residency in the beautiful kingdom of low countries.

READ MORE | Hereโ€™s how to smash the Dutch integration exam, stress-free

As part of this civic integration exam, participants must demonstrate their Dutch skills by taking a language test. The minimum requirement? That they can speak at least A2 Dutch. 

So, what does this mean?

The INDโ€™s announcement simply means that for those required to jump through the hoops of the Dutch integration process, the language requirement for the exam will not change (at least for now)! 

READ MORE | The best tips to learn Dutch: my experience of grasping the language

So, for the time being, instead of being bumped up to the more complex B1 level, the language requirement for civic integration will remain at A2. ๐Ÿฅณ 


when youre trying your hardest to practise, but they keep going off scriptโ€ฆ #learningdutch #fyp #dutchreview

โ™ฌ original sound – Uyen Ninh

We all know that learning Dutch is not exactly makkelijk (easy), so this announcement sure comes as a relief to many! ๐Ÿ˜…

What do you think about the language requirement for civic integration? Let us know in the comments!

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Lyna Meyrer ๐Ÿ‡ฑ๐Ÿ‡บ
Lyna Meyrer ๐Ÿ‡ฑ๐Ÿ‡บ
Say 'hoi' to Lyna, our Senior Writer at DutchReview! Fueled by a love for writing, social media, and all things Dutch, she joined the DR family in 2022. Since making the Netherlands her home in 2018, she has collected a BA in English Literature & Society (Hons.) and an RMA in Arts, Literature and Media (Hons.). Even though she grew up just a few hours away from the Netherlands, Lyna remains captivated by the guttural language, quirky culture, and questionable foods that make the Netherlands so wonderfully Dutch.


  1. Thanks for the update. Do you know what is the added benefit of PR..?
    Like what will you have to do to keep it valid..?
    How long can you live away in another country during a year while you have PR.?

    Thanks in advance


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