The health authorities are responsible for testing at the border. You will find information about who must get tested when they enter Norway and other updated information about rules upon entry at helsenorge.no (external website).
The health authorities are responsible for the rules for who must fill in the entry registration form when they enter Norway. You will find updated information about rules upon entry on helsenorge.no (external website, opens in new window), and there you will also find information on who must register when they enter the country.
The health authorities are responsible for the regulations on who must show a negative coronal test when they enter Norway. You will find updated information about rules upon entry on helsenorge.no, (external website) and there you will also find information on who must show a negative corona test certificate upon entry.
The Norwegian authorities do not issue personal confirmations that it is tolerated that you stay in Norway beyond your visa period.
If you are a citizen of a country outside the EU/EEA/Schengen Area, you must have a valid residence card if you are going to travel.
If you do not have a valid passport/immigrant´s passport/travel document or a valid residence card, you should not travel now. If you travel without valid travel documents, you may experience problems at the airport, when you enter another country or when you travel back to Norway.
You should not book travels now before you have all the valid travel documents and a residence card.
UDI cannot answer questions regarding border control in Norway or other countries. Neither can we give you any confirmations you can use when travelling which airlines and the border control in other countries will accept as valid documents. If you travel without a valid residence card, you need to be aware of the risks.
If you have an application for processing, UDI cannot prioritise your application because you have planned or booked a journey.
Yes, you do. During the period when the corona situation made it difficult to return to your home country, the UDI has not expelled or deported foreign citizens who stayed in Norway beyond their departure deadline in their permit or visa. From 15 September 2020, stays after the departure deadline may result in rejection of entry or expulsion.
If you have applied for a renewal of your permit or a residence permit on new grounds before your permit expired, you can stay in Norway to await the response of your application.
As a main rule, everyone who has an expired departure date must travel home now. The airlines must follow infection control rules and are responsible for ensuring that infection control is well taken care of on your return journey.
Suppose you have such a severe health condition that it is medically indefensible to complete the actual trip out of Norway. In that case, it will not have consequences for you that you stay in Norway after your departure deadline. You can not apply to stay longer in Norway.
When you leave Norway, we will consider whether you had reasons to stay after your departure deadline. You must document that it is medically indefensible to travel out of Norway with a written medical certificate issued in Norway.
Yes, you can apply for renewal if you have or have recently had a permit as a seasonal worker and are still in Norway.
You can have your permit renewed for seasonal work in agriculture, horticulture, forestry, fishing and the fishing industry, but no longer than 30 September 2021.
It is your employer who must apply for this permit for you. You must give your employer power of attorney/authorization.
Yes, if you are stuck in Norway due to entry restrictions in your home country and cancelled flights due to covid-19, you can get an exemption from the six-month rule if you apply for renewal of your residence permit as a seasonal worker.
This temporary residence permit is for you who are from a country where there are major and relatively long-term obstacles to returning to your home country. This applies to the following countries: Angola, Botswana, India, Cambodia, Laos, Lesotho, Madagascar, Myanmar and Vietnam.
You can get a residence permit for up to 6 months, but no longer than 30 September 2021.
It is your employer who must apply for this permit for you. You must give your employer power of attorney.
Read how your employer must apply on our webpage «Seasonal workers who are not able to return to their home country».
No, you do not have to travel back even if you submitted your application after your legal stay expired, if it is due to the corona situation and your application was registered before 15 September 2020. Then you can stay in Norway and await your appointment or electronic submission if requested by police. It is a prerequisite that you select the first available appointment or submit the documents as soon as the police request it, and that you have delivered all the documents on the checklist.
Suppose your legal residence has expired, and your application has been registered after 15 September 2020. In that case, we cannot confirm that you can wait legally in Norway for your application to be submitted or await a response to your application. When assessing the application, we will look at whether there are substantial grounds for reasonableness that mean that your application should still be considered. For example, if it is not possible to travel to your home country now. If it is possible to travel and there are no other substantial grounds for reasonableness, the application may be formally rejected, and your stay after 15 September 2020 has been illegal. This may form the basis for considering expulsion.
We recommend that you follow the travel advice of Norwegian health authorities. You should travel as soon as advisable. If your immigrant's passport is no longer valid when travelling, you can apply for a new immigrant's passport. It is important that you, as far as possible, document and explains the reason why you did not travel during the period when the immigrant's passport was valid. You must also pay a new fee when you apply.
There are no changes to the regulations due to the corona situation. This means that the rules regarding the requirement to support yourself and not receive social assistance still apply.
The same exceptions to the requirement to provide for themselves and not receive social assistance also still apply. See information about the exceptions.
If you cannot be exempted from the requirement to provide for yourself, we may still accept:
If you did not receive social assistance when you applied for permanent residence and all other conditions were met, it does not matter if you receive social assistance before we process your application.
Unemployment benefits can be included in the requirement to support yourself. If you get paid enough to meet the minimum requirement, being temporarily laid off (permittert) will not affect your application.
If you had enough income when you applied for permanent residence and all other conditions were met, it does not matter if you lose income before we process your application.
I have planned to apply
If you have a temporary residence permit that is about to expire and are not given final exams in Norwegian and social sciences to meet the conditions for applying for a permanent residence permit, you must apply for the renewal of your temporary residence permit.
I have applied
If you have applied for a permanent residence permit, you must sign up to take a test as soon as you have the opportunity. Once you have passed the test, you must submit documentation to the UDI.
Regarding the requirement for the income the reference person had last year (the year before you apply and until we make a decision for the application), unemployment benefits are counted as income.
Regarding the requirement for the income the reference person has now, and which he/she probably has for at least one year ahead (future income), unemployment benefits are not counted as income.
Regarding the requirement that the reference person may not have received financial social assistance from NAV, it does not matter that he/she has received unemployment benefits. Unemployment benefits are not social assistance.
We do not make exceptions from the income requirements, even if the loss of income is related to the outbreak of Covid-19. This applies even if the application was submitted before the outbreak of Covid-19.
If the reference person no longer has income, the income requirements are not met. You must send updated income (external website) if the reference person finds a new job.
According to the regulations, we will assess whether there are strong human considerations that enable us to make exceptions from the requirements for income.
For renewal applications, we will make a specific assessment of whether there will be consequences for the permit in cases where it turns out that the requirement for future income has not been met in the period for which the permit was granted.
See updated information on the income requirement.
You can apply for a family immigration permit renewal as an "other family member".
You must register the application on the Application Portal at least 7 days before your fiancé permit expires.
Procedures on the Application Portal:
Although UDI has previously granted you a fiancé permit to get married, you are responsible for checking with the Norwegian Tax Administration (Skatteetaten) if you need new and updated documents from your home country to be able to marry in Norway, for example, if you need an updated certificate of no Impediment to marriage. See the information about marrying in Norway (external website).
You should get married as soon as the marriage authority is available.
If you get married before UDI finalizes your application, you must let us know and send the marriage certificate to us. Then we will be able to process your application as a spouse application.
To get a permanent residence permit, it is usually a requirement that you have not stayed outside Norway for more than seven months in total during the last three years.
Please note! If the requirement of five years of residence applies to you, you cannot have stayed outside Norway for more than ten months in total during the last five years.
You can apply for your romantic partner to come to Norway to visit you.
It is the person living in Norway who applies, and you are responsible for the application's content. You and your romantic partner must meet the following requirements:
If the UDI has granted you the permit, your boyfriend/girlfriend can bring his/her children under 18.
Here you can read more about the requirements for you and your girlfriend and information on how to apply.
Yes, if you are a resident of Svalbard, you can travel to mainland Norway now. This applies if you are going from Svalbard directly to the Norwegian mainland and if you are going from abroad to the Norwegian mainland.
A "permanent resident" of Svalbard is a person who is validly entered in the population register for Svalbard. When traveling to Norway, you can document this by a print from the register. For people living in Barentsburg, being a resident of Svalbard is evident by documenting your work.
Visa requirements for nationals from countries outside the EU/EEA apply as usual.
If you have a valid residence permit as a self-employed person, you do not need to report to UDI or the police if you have lost all or part of your income.
You can stay in Norway as long as your residence permit is valid.
We do not know what significance it will have on your application for renewal of your residence permit or an application for a permanent residence permit if you have lost all or part of your income. We will update this answer as soon as we have more information.
It will not have any consequences for you to work reduced, as long as you continue to work in a position that is at least 80%. You do not need to report this to UDI or the police.
Pay and working conditions must not be under the Norwegian standards, the position must provide a salary of at least NOK 246 246 annually before tax, and you must fulfil the other requirements for your residence permit as a skilled worker.
You can later apply for a renewal of your residence permit or for a permanent residence permit.
If you have a valid residence permit as a skilled worker with an employer in Norway, you do not need to report to the UDI or the police if you are fully or partially laid off. We do not revoke the residence permit based on being laid off.
You can stay in Norway as long as your residence permit is valid.
If you were laid off before 31 October 2020
If you were laid off in the period 12 March 2020 to 31 October and later want to apply for permanent residence, the time you were laid off will not count in your period of residence when you apply for a permanent residence permit. However, being laid off in this period will not break the period of continuous residence. This means that if, for example, you are laid off for three months in the period mentioned above, then you must have a total of three years and three months with permits that form the basis for permanent residence before you meet the requirements.
If you have been or are laid off after 31 October 2020
If you have been laid off as of 1 November 2020, you will no longer meet your permit's requirements as a skilled employee.
One of the conditions for obtaining a permanent residence permit is that you have had a continuous residence in Norway for the past three years with permits that form the basis for a permanent residence permit. You must meet the requirements for your residence permit for the entire period. For example, if you are a skilled worker, you must have had a job and income as assumed throughout the period.
Even if you are laid off, which affects your basis for later applying for permanent residence, you can still stay in Norway according to what is stated above in this answer.
If you have a residence permit as a skilled worker with an employer in Norway and lose your job, you must report to the police where you live within seven days.
If the police where you live do not receive inquiries now, it is enough that you contact the police when they again receive inquiries (external website).
You can stay in Norway to apply for a new job for up to six months. Your residence permit must still be valid throughout this period.
If you have a residence permit as a skilled worker and have lost your job, you will no longer meet your permit's requirements as a skilled worker.
A condition for obtaining a permanent residence permit is that you must have had a continuous residence in Norway for the past three years with permits that form the basis for a permanent residence permit. You must meet the requirements for your residence permit throughout this period. For example, if you are a skilled worker, you must have had a job and income as assumed throughout the period.
Even if you have lost your job and this affects your basis for later applying for permanent residence, you can still stay in Norway according to what is stated above in this answer.
If you have a residence permit as a skilled worker with an employer in Norway and get a new job but will work in the same type of position as before, you do not need to apply for a new residence permit.
If you get a new job with a different position than before, you must apply for a new residence permit. You cannot start to work in a different kind of job until you have been granted a new residence permit.
If your residence permit expires soon and you are still laid off, you cannot get a new permit as a skilled worker in Norway. The exception rule that applied until 31 October 2020 no longer applies.
You must leave Norway before your residence permit expires.
Suppose you had a residence permit as a skilled worker who has been laid off according to the exception rule that was valid until 31 October 2020 and needs information about the permit you had. In that case, you will find information in your decision letter or general information about the permit you had.
If you are delayed in your studies due to the coronavirus outbreak, we will take this into account when we process your renewal application.
It is important that you explain the reason for the delay and document this in your application.
Unfortunately, UDI cannot assist you in getting an appointment with the police.
You cannot contact the UDI to get an appointment from the police. If you call us, you will get the same information as given above.
Suppose you have a residence permit that can be renewed (information on this can be found in your decision letter), and you have not been able to book an appointment with the police before the expiry of the permit. In that case, you can document legal residence yourself.
If you have registered an application for renewal or permanent residence permit online within seven calendar days before your current permit expires, you have the same rights as your current permit, even if you have not yet met with the police.
You can document this to public offices or employers by showing your residence card and your decision letter together with the receipt of the application received online.
Your residence card shows the date your residence permit expires. The receipt reference number shows the time when the application was registered. The first four digits of the number show the year the application was registered. The next four digits show the date (YYYYMMDD). For example, the receipt number beginning with 20200815 shows that you registered the application on 15 August 2020.
How can you find the receipt for a registered application online?
To see the receipt, you must log in to the application portal (external website), go to the overview of your applications, select the relevant application and press the button at the bottom of the page that leads to the receipt.
You can not contact the UDI for a confirmation
The UDI will not see when you have registered the application online in our computer systems and can not confirm that you still have the same rights as for your current permit. You must follow the description above to document legal residence until you get an appointment with the police.
You must meet with the police to get your residence card. You must try to find an available appointment in the application portal. It can be challenging to find an appointment because the police have limited offers due to the corona situation. The police make new appointments available regularly, so make sure to check frequently. You can find further information on the police´s website (external website).
If you have been granted a residence permit that gives you the right to work, and you have booked an appointment with the police to order a residence card, you can start working now even if you have not received a residence card yet.
If it is not possible to book an appointment with the police, you must contact UDI by phone or e-mail to report that you are in Norway and start working. You still have to meet with the police to order a residence card when this becomes possible.
The above also applies to you if you are going to work as an au pair in Norway.
UDI is now processing applications for foreign passports for individual travel. If you had applied for a foreign travel passport for a journey that has been cancelled because of the corona situation, you can notify us by sending us a letter. Then we will close your case.
Although UDI will process travel visa applications and foreign passport now, you must expect that the waiting time to get your application processed will be longer than we have previously informed. Even if you get a decision letter from UDI, you still have to wait for the travel document until you can get an appointment with the police. Since the police have limited service, it may take time.
If you apply for a new travel document because your old one is damaged, UDI may need to examine it. Then the waiting time to get a reply to your application may be longer than we estimate. This is because the National ID Center has limited capacity due to the corona situation (external website) (content in the link is in Norwegian).
If you have got a positive answer on your application for Norwegian citizenship in 2020 and have been requested to get the decision letter from the police, you do not need to do this. UDI will send you the decision letter in July 2020.
Follow the information you will receive in the new letter. When you get this letter you can apply for a Norwegian passport.
It is the tax administration that issues D number, National identity number and tax cards. If you have any questions about this, you must contact the tax administration. (external website, opens in new window)
Information about what will happen with the interview now in Norwegian.
You can find information about waiting times here. You must first choose your citizenship.
We do not know the impact this will have on waiting times for applications we are processing, but it will likely lead to longer waiting times for some cases.
We update the waiting times for the different case types regularly.
If you were to submit an application from abroad, you must contact the embassy to which the application should be sent. If you were to submit the application from Norway, you must contact the police office where you were to submit the application. In both cases, you will be able to get a refund.