I am new to the forum. Been doing reserach on the inburgering process since I receive a letter from the Gemeente informing that I have to pass the inburgering exam before 2015.
I had spoken to the lady in charge on the phone but she did not sound helpful.
I read the government is going to stop subsidising course and exam fee.. but it was not very clear what/when/how. Are/were they paying for the whole inburgering courses before and now they are going to completely stop it? I understand they do give out loan but I thought they are still paying for the courses up until end of this year. Anybody knows anything about this?
The school has to be registered with http://www.blikopwerk.nl/ to qualify for th money back. Also, I think it was mentioned, but you need to register THIS YEAR to qualify as it's officially being dropped January 2013. You can apply for a loan via DUO-IB-Group (I've done this since I can't really afford the 3500 for the class I'm taking) and it has a very low interest rate.
I cannot find any information about the time limit of "vergoeding". What will be dropped starting from January 2013 next year is KVT and the role the gemeente plays for the "inburgeringsplicht" such as the arrangement and the costs of the courses and examen fees.
Before January 2013 if you have the "inburgeringsplicht" (your gemeente will send/has already sent you letter(s) telling you that), and if they pay for the costs, you don't get any "vergoeding" with some exceptions. If the gemeente don't pay the costs and you pay to the official school to fulfil your "inburgeringsplicht" yourself, you can get the "vergoeding".
If you have the "inburgeringsplicht" after January 2013, it means the gemeente would play a much less role and won't pay for any costs and won't arrange things for you. The DUO by the Ministry of Education will take over the "inspection" role, but also won't pay and won't arrange things for you. If you do spend money by the official school, you can get the "vergoeding".
For newcomers, the big difference concering money before / after is :
Before -- probably the gemeente pays for it, you can by far get 200+euro net (profit).
After -- nobody will pay for it, you pay yourself. Depending how much you have spent, you may get XXX euro net (profit), or XXX euro net (loss).