Did you have to begin your integration process on 1 October 2017 or later? And are you registered with the municipality (the city or town where you live)? Then you must sign the participation statement. This is part of your integration.
What to do?
The municipality will send you a letter. The letter says you have to learn what is important in the Netherlands. For instance:
- Everybody in the Netherlands is equal.
- Everybody may choose their own partner.
- Everybody may choose their own religion.
- Everybody is allowed to go to school.
- Everybody can say what they think. But it is not allowed to discriminate against somebody else.
- We take care of ourselves. But we also take care of each other. The government helps when needed.
Signing the statement
Have you learned what is important in the Netherlands? Then you sign a piece of paper. This piece of paper is called the participation statement. By doing so, you state that you will actively participate in Dutch society and that you respect what is important in the Netherlands.
Municipality registers participation statement
The municipality registers that you have signed the participation statement. The municipality also informs DUO of this. After about 2 weeks it will show in Mijn Inburgering that you have signed the statement.
Within 1 year
You have 1 year to learn what is important in the Netherlands, and to sign the participation statement. This year begins when you register your new address with the municipality. Did you not sign the participation statement within 1 year? If so, you will have to pay a fine to DUO. And you will not be able to borrow money from DUO any more.
Who doesn’t have to sign?
Children under 18 don’t have to learn what is important in the Netherlands. Or sign the statement. Nor do people that are entitled to a Dutch state pension (AOW).