Applicants who are applying in Oslo, need to book an appointment for handing in their documents. This also applies to those who are getting themselves residence cards. >>
How do I apply for Norwegian citizenship?
Everyone can register their application for citizenship online through the Application Portal Norway.
When you register your application online, you pay the fee at the same time and book an appointment to hand in necessary documents to the local police.
Applicants who cannot register their applications online must fill in a form which you find here
. The form must be handed in to the police together with necessary documents.
In larger towns there is often a special police office for such requests. Please contact the police
to ask where and when you can hand in the documents and application form.
The application is formally registered on the date you submit your passport with relevant supporting documentation. We will then start the processing of your application.
Please note! If you do not have a permanent residence permit, it is very important that you make sure that you have a valid residence permit the whole time while you are waiting for a decision on your application for citizenship. If your residence permit is about to expire, you must renew it as normal. Read about how to renew your residence permit here.
What documents do I have to enclose?
You can find the list which tells you which documents to hand in here.How long does it take to process applications?
Once your application has been submitted, the police check that it has been completed correctly and that the papers are in order, and they will then send the case to the Directorate of Immigration for a decision. You will be automatically notified by post that the immigration authorities have received your application. The notification will contain information about the case-processing time.
The case processing time varies somewhat. You can find an overview of how long it takes on average to process the various types of applications here.
Can I appeal if my application for Norwegian citizenship is rejected?
If your application for citizenship is rejected, you may appeal the decision. Appeals against rejections shall be sent to the same place you submitted the application. The Immigration Appeals Board is the appeal body.