BEFORE entering a INBURGERING-course

NT2 is 'Nederlands als Tweede Taal' or 'Dutch as a second language. 'Inburgering' is 'integration'. Many people who settle in the Netherlands have to do the 'inburgeringsexamen' or 'Staatsexamen NT2'. In this subforum, you can ask questions about this exam. If you have already done the exam, you are warmly invited to share your experience with us!

BEFORE entering a INBURGERING-course

Postby adappel » Tue Feb 09, 2010 7:00 pm

“Inburgeringsplichtigen” have several options:
1. You get from the local government a PIB, a Personal Budget for Integration. This amount varies by municipality. The local integration authorities will ask you for a plan. The school will make the plan with you. The "gemeente" will then agree with your plan. The authorities will pay the school. Local authorities are not willing to support you in this way. ( Funding 100%)
2. The ‘gemeente’ offers you a course… You then sign the contract with the gemeente. This program is often not the best program for the student. It can also take a long period before you can really start. ( Funding 100%)

In some cities you can refuse these two possibilities.
(But not in Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Utrecht en Den Haag).
If you can/want to refuse these possiblities, you can look for your own course and still be refunded by the government. ( IBgroep nowadays called DUO).
This refunding will never be 100% - but only 70%.

You can inform in your own 'gemeente' if you are 'inburgeringsplichtig' and they will (have to) inform you about the three mentioned possibilities.

You can also contact me by personal contact if you need more specific information.

If you have a job you can always refuse any offer from the gemeente.
Courses that are offered are for free.
If you want to pay for the course yourself, you have nothing to do with the gemeente. Or ask a PIB.
According to the law you should just pass the exam within a period of 3,5 years after having entered in Holland.

Good luck!
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Re: BEFORE entering a INBURGERING-course

Postby janenjonnah » Sat Feb 20, 2010 5:56 pm

Hi.I'm glad to know this site since you really helped a lot specially to for those who prepare for the inburgering exam. Glad that I made it.Presently I'm here now in Holland for about 7 months and until now, I dont know if when to start the dutch course. I know from some friends that the Geemente will send information about this but I keep on waiting now. I'm confused so I need advice from someone.I just wanna know. Do I need to call and follow up the Geemente about this or I will just wait until when they send me that letter?What if they forgot me already?Hope to hear an answer of this.

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Re: BEFORE entering a INBURGERING-course

Postby adappel » Sun Feb 21, 2010 7:55 am

Hi

You better go to the Gemeente.
You are loosing your time.
This is not a good start in Holland.
It will take to long if you sit and wait.
After you went to the gemeente, it will still take time to find the right course.

Succes!
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Re: BEFORE entering a INBURGERING-course

Postby Vicky » Sat Feb 27, 2010 3:05 pm

I agree with you, adappel,

you have to act yourself to achieve your goals, which are actually set up by the authorities (meaning that you have to naturalise within 3,5 year). As soon as I got my first Verbljfsvergunning, I started to call the Gemeente in order to begin the inburgering process. I arrived in Aug and in October I finally got my first appointment with the responcible person from the Gemente, who said that it was right that I contacted first because she even couldn't find me in the data base. Two weeks after I received a letter with the terms of naturalisation process and that they won't pay any courses for me. But they advised to contact a ROC to identify my language level, which I did immediately. The result was that I could go for NT2-II exam. They offered me a preparation courses which wasn't obligatory, and now looking back I realise I didn't really needed it. The 6 months (3 days a week) courses cost me about €1800. I lent this amount from the IBGroup. After 2,5 months of the courses I passed my exam and when I received my Diploma I stoped my contract with ROC, sent all the necessary papers to IBG and paid 30% of the total loan. A little more than half a year after that, I received another letter from the Gemente proposing me an Inbeurgering courses or, in case I'm already doing them, reimburse some of my expenses. I called them and said that I've submitted my Diploma to them earlier that year. I met the person and gave all the correspondence with IBG about the loan and a copy of a bank statement showing my part of re-payment. About 3 weeks later I received a letter that the Gemente is going to reimburse all I paid (those 30%) for the courses. Porobably they had some money they didn't spend for inburgering that year and they had to report, so they decided quickly to get it done. Anyway, it was a nice surprise just before the X-mas :).
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Re: BEFORE entering a INBURGERING-course

Postby janenjonnah » Sun Mar 14, 2010 5:00 pm

Hi. Thank you so much for all the information. I followed what you said but during the 1st call I made(first week of january)and the person who answered my call asked my mobile # and told me to wait about 6 weeks for the letter they will send. Indeed I waited for 6 weeks, but then I heard nothing. So in about 7 weeks of waiting, I called again which I found out that the first person whomI talked during my first call in January never make any actions with my call. Too bad that I wasn't able to get her name. Luckily, the second person I talked from the Geemente made actions on it and I got the letter after 2 weeks. So I have an appointment at the Geemente on March 26 so they will test on what level they will put me for the course. So I hope my experienced will not happen again to someone.
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