There are different quarantine rules, depending on whether you live in a country/area with a high or low risk of infection (external website).
If you need to stay in quarantine, you must document, when entering Norway, that you will remain at a permanent address that is suitable for carrying out your quarantine period. For example, a written confirmation, such as an SMS or e-mail from the person who will host you, or a booking confirmation for a stay at the same address during the entire quarantine period.
A suitable residency place for the quarantine implementation is up to the health authorities to define (external website).
Persons who cannot document a suitable residency place for their quarantine can be denied entry to Norway.
UDI cannot answer any questions related to quarantine on entry.
No, you can not, unless you belong to one of the exceptions who can enter or are a British citizen residing in Norway and have legal residence before 31 December 2020.
The United Kingdom left the EU on 31 January 2020. According to the immigration regulations, when the transition period expires on 31 December 2020, British citizens will no longer be considered EU/EEA citizens. This means that British citizens and other citizens residing in the United Kingdom cannot enter Norway after 1 January 2021 unless you belong to one of the exceptions for citizens living outside the EU/EEA to which we have linked to above.
British citizens residing in Norway
Suppose you are a British citizen residing in Norway and have a residence permit or right of residence before 31 December 2020. In that case, you will also have legal residence after 1 January 2021 until you have applied for a new type of residence permit for British citizens. It will not be possible to apply for the new type of permit before 1 January 2021 at the earliest. If you are resident in Norway with a residence permit or right of residence, you can still travel to Norway after 1 January 2021.
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, 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 are required to 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.
The Norwegian authorities do not issue personal confirmations that it is tolerated that you stay in Norway beyond your visa period.
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.
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.
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.
You may stay on the same terms if you register an application for renewal or permanent residence permit and pay a fee no later than seven calendar days before the permit expires.
If your case is not urgent, you have to wait for the police to make new appointments available in the application portal (external website). You cannot contact UDI to book an appointment.
If you are applying for the renewal of a permit you have obtained for protection, you cannot register your application electronically on our application portal. Instead, you must send the application by mail to the police.
If you have registered an application for renewal or permanent residence permit and paid the fee on time (within seven days before the permit expires), then you can continue to work as before even if you are now not able to meet with the police.
If you are going to apply for a renewal of a permit which you were given after applying for protection, you cannot register your application electronically on our application portal. Instead, you must send the application by mail to the police.
You can still continue to work under the same conditions until you are able to meet with the police. You need to call the police to get a new appointment when it becomes possible to meet with the police again.
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.
We know that it may be difficult to get an appointment from the police to order a new residence card. When you have a permanent residence permit or a permanent right of residence, you still have the same rights even if you do not have a valid residence card. For example, you still have the right to work, you have the same rights to support from NAV, and you are still registered as a resident of Norway in the National Register. The police also have access to systems where they can see that you have a permanent residence permit or a permanent right of residence. You should not travel out of the country without a valid residence card, but for most, it is nevertheless not relevant to go abroad now.
Regarding booking a new appointment, you have to just check regularly on the application portal if new appointments have been made available. You cannot call the UDI to get an appointment at the police office.
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.
If you have got a positive answer on your application for Nowegian citizenship in 2020 and have been requested to get the decision letter at the police, you do not need to do this. UDI will send you the decision letter during July 2020.
Follow the information you will receive in the new letter. When you get this letter you can apply for a Norwegian passport.
The new Interim Act relating to entry restrictions for foreign nationals out of concern for public health (external website) took effect 1 July 2020 and will be repealed on 1 November 2020. The date has been set because a temporary law must have an end date.
Likely, several of the regulations that have been introduced due to the corona situation will change at some point. However, we do not know when this will happen or whether the rules will go back to being as they were before.
We do not know whether the entry restrictions will be continued after 1 November 2020. We will update our website when we have more information.
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)
I have applied for protection and am waiting to be called in for an interview.
Information about what will happen with the interview now in Norwegian.
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.
You can apply for family immigration permit renewal as "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.
Yes, you can get a renewed permit if you are going to do seasonal work in agriculture, horticulture, forestry, fishing, or the fishing industry. You can work for the same employer as before, but you can also work for a new employer.
This regulation allows people who are here for seasonal work and who want to work with seasonal work beyond 6 months to apply for a renewed seasonal work permit.
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 an 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 fulfill 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 UDI or the police if you have been laid off. We do not revoke your residence permit if you have been fully or partially laid off.
You can stay in Norway as long as your residence permit is valid.
The time you are fully or partially laid off does not count if you later apply for a permanent residence permit.
From 23 June 2020, there are new rules for you who are fully or partially laid off and who have a residence permit that expires.
You can apply for a new residence permit as a skilled worker who has been laid off. Unfortunately, UDI cannot assist you with getting an appointment with the police.
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.
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.
To renew your residence permit to study in Norway, you must show that you have sufficient means to cover your living expenses.
We know that many students have lost their part-time jobs because of the corona situation and thus also lost part of their income source to cover the cost of living and studying in Norway. To give you some extra time to find a new job or to raise enough funds to meet the requirement, we will wait to process your application until 1 October. Note that this only applies if you meet all other requirements for a renewed study permit.
If you find a new job or get enough funds by 1 October, you must send us documentation. If you are unable to document that you have sufficient funds by 1 October, your application will be rejected. The departure deadline for leaving Norway will normally be within 4 weeks, but the exact departure deadline will be stated in the letter you receive from the UDI. You can choose to appeal the decision and ask to remain in Norway while the appeal is being processed.
It is still important that you register a renewal application online and pay the fee well in advance before your current permit expires.
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.
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 canceled 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 foreigners 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 link is in Norwegian).
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 traveling, you can apply for a new immigrant's passport. It is important that you, as far as possible, document and explain 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.
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.