A family immigration permit entails certain rights and obligations. Here, you will find an overview of some of these.
- If you are over the age of 18, you will be entitled to work.
- If you are under the age of 18, you will have a restricted right to work. Children and young people’s right to work is described in the Working Environment Act (chapter 11).
- If you have been granted a residence permit to visit children in Norway for up to nine months, you are not entitled to work in Norway.
Entering and leaving Norway
You can travel into and out of Norway for as long as the permit is valid, but you must be resident in Norway for most of the year. Your family immigration permit can be withdrawn (revoked) if you are not resident in Norway for most of the year.
The family immigration permit is granted for one year at a time. If the person living in Norway holds a time-limited residence permit, the duration of your permit is dependent on the duration of this person’s permit. Your permit will be valid for the same period and can be renewed in the same way as his or her permit.
Residence permit on an independent basis
If you have been granted a family immigration permit with a spouse or cohabitant who dies, you are entitled to a new residence permit.
If you apply for renewal within a month prior to the expiry of your family immigration permit, you can stay in Norway on the same terms as before until the new application has been processed. For the renewal to be granted, the criteria for the original permit must still be met.
Permanent residence permit
If your residence permit forms the basis for a permanent residence permit (settlement permit), you can apply for such a permit after three years in Norway. Whether or not your residence permit forms the basis for a permanent residence permit is stated in the decision concerning your permit.
Other rights and obligations
Depending on the type of permit and citizenship you hold, you may also have other rights and obligations in Norway. Here, you will find an overview of some of these.
- Contact the Norwegian Labour and Welfare Service (NAV) (www.nav.no) if you have any questions about work or benefits.
- Contact the Norwegian Directorate of Integration and Diversity (IMDI – www.imdi.no) if you have any question about rights relating to integration, such as language courses.
- Among other things, your municipality organises the language courses you need to be granted a permanent residence permit and a Norwegian citizenship, if applicable.
- Contact the Norwegian Tax Administration (www.skatteetaten.no) to notify a change of address and to receive answers to questions concerning e.g. personal identity number and taxation.
- Contact the Directorate of Immigration (UDI) about any changes in circumstances that are relevant to your residence permit.
If you have more questions about this topic, contact your nearest Norwegian embassy or consulate, the nearest police district or the UDI’s Information Service.