Civic Immigration abroad
People that would like to emigrate to the Netherlands are required to have basic knowledge of the Dutch language and society. This knowledge will be tested in an exam in the country of origin: the basic Civic Immigration Exam.
Basic Civic Immigration Exam
People that would like to stay in the Netherlands for a longer period, are required to own a temporary residency for their Visa. One of the requirements for this is the Basic Civic Immigration Exam. If a newcomer receives a temporary residency (MVV), he/she is required to integrate further in the Netherlands.
The Basic Civic Immigration Exam abroad is made up out of 3 separate parts about knowledge of the Dutch society and knowledge of the Dutch language. The basic exam will be taken by a phone that is connected with a talking computer.
Knowledge of the Dutch society
The exam component “Knowledge of the Dutch Society” (KNS) consists of 30 questions about subjects from the movie “Naar Nederland” (“To Holland”). You are required to watch this movie (either in the primary language or Dutch). The movie, and also the questions in the exam, are about the following subjects:
- The Netherlands: geography, living and transportation;
- Polity, democracy and law-making;
- The Dutch language and the importance of learning it;
- National Health Care;
- Work and income.
Part 2: Dutch Speaking Exam
The Dutch Speaking Exam (TGN) tests if you are able to speak Dutch and can understand it on level A1 of the European Reference for Modern Foreign Languages. To prove the knowledge of speaking and understanding, you have to repeat sentences, answer short questions, name opposites of words and repeat stories. The TGN will take about 15 minutes.
Part 3: Literacy and reading
The exam component Literacy and Reading (GBL) has been added to the Basic Civic Immigration Exam abroad since April 1st 2011. This test shows if you are able to read the Dutch languages on level A1 of the European Reference for Foreign Languages.