The requirements depend on the purpose of your stay in the Netherlands: work, study, family, visiting family members, for example. Certain requirements to be met regardless of your purpose of stay in Netherlands. For example, you must have a valid passport. To obtain a residence permit in many cases you will need to be tested for tuberculosis and have medical insurance. Examination on civic integration (civic integration examination) To be eligible for a temporary residence permit ('mvv'), in many cases, you will be required to pass a civic integration abroad. This exam tests your basic knowledge as Dutch, and Netherlands society.
Examination is taken in the Netherlands embassy or consulate in your country of origin or country of permanent residence before arriving in the Netherlands. All people aged 16 to 65 years who require a temporary residence permit ('mvv') and who wish to reside in the Netherlands for a long time, you will need to pass a civic integration. This includes foreign nationals who wish to start a family with someone in Netherlands or join family members already living in the Netherlands. Religious leaders such as imams or preachers who come to the Netherlands for work, also need to pass a civic integration. You do not need to take the exam for civil integration abroad, if you want to live in the Netherlands under the program 'Au-Pair', as a family member of someone with refugee status, or you make a family visit. From Foreign citizens and dependents of these members of their families who wish to reside in the Netherlands for study, medical treatment, for employment, for self-employed, or as highly skilled migrants are also not required exam for civil integration abroad. Exemption from the examination of civic integration abroad may also be made for medical grounds, there are also exceptions for people Surinamese nationality. This list is not exhaustive.