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Yes, You heard it right ! ONA exceptions are possible. Learn what are the conditions and how you can apply for the exceptions.

ONA is known as the orientation on the Dutch Labor Market is all about working and finding work. This is one of the exam required for inburgering.

However if you have worked within the Netherlands and have a job, you may apply for exemption from ONA exam. This is called an ‘ontheffing wegens aantoonbaar voldoende ingeburgerd’ (‘exemption due to demonstrable sufficient integration’). However there are few conditions :

  • You have worked for at least 6 months in the past 12 months.
  • You have worked as a salaried employee.
  • You worked at least 48 hours a month.

How can you apply for exception?
1. Log in to Mijn Inburgering usig DigiD to apply for an exemption. If this won’t work, use the form ‘Aanvraag vrijstelling Oriëntatie op de Nederlandse Arbeidsmarkt’ attached here.
2. Click on “Request Exemption ONA”. There are two forms depending upon the type of employers. Choose the form which you have to fill.
3. Send the form to DUO together with supported documents.

What do you need as supportive documents?
You will need :

  • 6 months salary slip
  • HR declaration stating that you are currently working with the employer
  • Bank statements for the proof of salary being received for past 6 months

How long will it take to get the exception?
The decision on whether you get an exception, will be available within at least 6 weeks.

Good Luck to the ones applying for the exception ! If you find the post useful, do not forget to rate us !

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