HARBOUR VIEW: People signed up for sometime now and awaiting their turn for the Dutch naturalization exams will see some movement when exams resume in August.
Education Minister Rodolphe Samuel said this week the exams will resume in just over two months. The sitting of the exams was affected by the COVID-19 pandemic restrictions about gatherings and other measures.
The Dutch naturalization exams are only one part of the requirement for a foreign national to apply for Dutch citizenship. The exams have nine parts and are conducted in two languages: English and Dutch. Both languages must be at A2 Basic level.
The exams are four each in the two required languages in the area of writing, reading, speaking, and comprehension. The ninth exam is in English and is an integration test covering general knowledge about St. Maarten and the Dutch Kingdom.
Only after passing all exams and acquiring all needed documents can a foreign national apply for Dutch citizenship.