The following applies to persons born after 30 June 1961, but before 1 July 1979.
During this period the Norwegian citizenship Act of 1950 was applicable. This was repealed on 1 September 2006. Until the Act was repealed, with effect from 1 July 1979, children born of a Norwegian mother acquired Norwegian citizenship at birth if:
- they were born in Norway, the parents were married, the father was stateless or the father did not automatically transfer his citizenship to the child; or
- they were born out of wedlock
When the law was amended, there was the introduction of the so-called notification lodged by the child’s mother. This made it possible for a child to acquire Norwegian citizenship by notification lodged by its mother, provided that, she was a Norwegian citizen married with the child’s father. The conditions were:
- that the mother lodged a notification that the child should be Norwegian
- that the mother was a Norwegian citizen at th time and had shared parental responsibility
- that the child was under the age of 18*
The applications concerning children resident in Norway were as a general rule, processed by the county governor. Applications for children resident abroad were initially processed by the Ministry of Justice and Police and later, The Norwegian Directorate of Immigration (UDI).
*As a general rule, the right to lodge the notification for a child was to be done before the child was 18 years old, that is until 30 June 1997. The Ministry of Justice however, could make exemptions from the 18 year old requirement. This Ministry transferredthis authority to the UDI on 12 02 1999.
The possibilty for a mother to lodge a notification for a child was repealed 1 September 2006.
Anyone who is born after 30 June 1961, but before 1 July 1979 and did not acquire Norwegian citizenship due to the notification lodged by the child’s mother is to apply for Norwegian citizenship on the general requirements. Please see Requirements to obtain Norwegian citizenship by application.
There are no special regulations for those who have Norwegian mothers.