New Immigrant in Norway

Grounds for residency

There are many different types of residence permits for foreign nationals in Norway. These are the most important types:

  • Right to residence in Norway for EU/EEA/EFTA citizens:
    Nationals of EU/EEA/EFTA countries do not have to apply for a residence permit, but they do have to register. They can register electronically online. After registering online, they have to go to the police in person.
  • Residence permit for refugees for humanitarian considerations or personal ties to Norway (humanitarian basis):
    People who are persecuted or fear persecution or inhuman treatment in their home country, can apply for protection (asylum) in Norway. People can apply for protection in Norway by contacting the Norwegian police. The application will then be processed by the Norwegian Directorate of Immigration (UDI). Some refugees come directly to Norway through the UN system.
  • Those with family in Norway or who wish to start a family with a person residing in Norway can apply for a family immigration permit:
    There are a number of requirements that apply for the person living in Norway (sponsor). He or she must have a home and be able to support the family. In most cases, the application is submitted to a Norwegian embassy abroad.
  • People who are victims of violence or abuse in a marriage or cohabitation relationship can be granted a residence permit:
    People who are victims of violence or abuse in a marriage or cohabitation relationship, or forced marriage, or who for social or cultural reasons cannot return to their home country following the breakup of a relationship, can be granted a residence permit on an independent basis. This also applies to the children of such persons.
  • Work/residence permit:
    There are many different types of residence permits for foreigners wanting to work in Norway.

 

Facts

Residence permit

Different countries have different rules for who is allowed to reside in the country. It is the authorities who decide who is granted a residence permit and who is not.

It is the responsibility of every individual to make sure that he or she has a valid residence permit for the country in which they live. Immigrants living in Norway are therefore required to apply for a residence permit if required, and to renew their residence permit when necessary.