Permanent residence in Norway - new requirements

Norwegian immigration authorities (UDI) has recently updated the requirements to apply for permanent residence in Norway.

Permanent residence in Norway - new requirements -

If you submit your application for a permanent residence permit to the police 1 September 2017 or later, you must have had your own income and cannot have received social security benefits during the last 12 months.  


This requirement adds to the existing requirements for permanent residence:

Have stayed in Norway for at least 3 years more or less continually

Not committed a serious crime while in Norway.

Complete 250 hours in Norwegian language (online or in classroom courses)

Score A1 on the oral language test (does not apply to skilled workers)

Complete 50 hours of social studies

Pass the social studies test  in whichever language you choose (does not apply to skilled workers) 


If you are short on time and need to finish the required social studies course, you can opt for our fast-track option and complete 50 hours of social studies in only 2 weeks.


Guide to permanent residence

Immigration is a complex field, and lots of regulations depend on your citizenship and when you came to Norway. So our best recommendation is to use UDI's guide to permanent residence to see which requirements apply to you.

To make sure we don't misinform you, we prefer not to give individuals guidance on this topic. Thanks for understanding.

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