Thursday, November 6, 2008

is the Civic exam in Netherlands still required?

A friend told me that the Civic Exam in Netherlands is no longer required next year. It's a good news for all the new couples out there. For me, that would be great too, because when you arrived here in holland, you are required to take a dutch language course for 1 or 2 years, depending in your ability to catch up.

I read one article in IND website about this issue.

"On 15 July 2008, Amsterdam District Court ruled that a Moroccan woman who wishes to live with her husband in the Netherlands will not be required to first pass the civic integration examination in her country of origin. According to the judge, there is no basis for this requirement in the Aliens Act 2000.The State Secretary of Justice has appealed the court's decision.In the meantime, the current policy remains unchanged and the requirement to pass the civic integration examination abroad in order to obtain a provisional residence permit for family reunification still applies.We will of course keep you informed in the event of any changes in this regard."

Hopefully it will change next year.

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