Based on the law, after living in the Netherlands for 5 years and passing the integration (inburgering) exam, immigrants can apply for being an official Netherland's citizen. Now the question is: If I take the exam in 2021, can I use the result three years later, or do they expire?

  • Will you have lived in the Netherlands for those three years?
    – Traveller
    Dec 18 '20 at 16:28
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    I don't know, but it seems unlikely it would expire. On the presumption that the answer to @Traveller 's question is 'yes', there is no reason to assume that your integration into life in the Netherlands would have decreased in that time.
    – ouflak
    Dec 19 '20 at 11:29
  • @Traveller yes I will live for those years in the Netherlands
    – Ramin PK
    Dec 24 '20 at 11:58

Once you pass all the integration tests (inburgeringsexamens) you will be eligible to get an integration diploma (inburgeringsdiploma). The diploma does not expire and can be used to apply for permanent residency as well as citizenship.

More information can be found on the official website of DUO.


I had the same question and called the ind. Apparently it wouldn’t be useful anymore because you will get a certificate saying that your dutch is A2 level. However after 31/12/2021 they require a diploma with Dutch level B1 , so it will not fulfill the requirement . I know that wasn’t the answer you were hoping for but this is at least was the answer of the ind when I called them.

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