Norwegian law requires that you are released from your current citizenship before you can become a Norwegian citizen. Your homeland’s law requires that you have been granted Norwegian citizenship before you can be released from your current citizenship. If you meet the other requirements for Norwegian citizenship you will therefore receive a conditional decision granting Norwegian citizenship which is valid for one year, with the condition that you are released you from your current citizenship within that year. When the year has passed, your Norwegian citizenship may be revoked if you have not submitted documentation from your current homeland that you no longer hold that citizenship.
It is your responsibility to make sure that you have handed in all documents on the list which are required for your application. If you do not hand in all necessary documents, you must hand in a written explanation of why you have not. If all relevant documents are not handed in, this may lead to you having to wait longer for an answer or your application being turned down.
It is important that you bring along the original documents when you show up for your appointment with the police.
Before your appointment with the police you have to take copies of all original documents you are handing in with your application and bring them along. The police can confirm your copy as a true copy. The police will keep the copy and you may bring your original document home.
Documents that are in another language than Norwegian or English must be translated into Norwegian or English.
The translation must be confirmed by an authorized translator or public interpreter. You must have the document translated before you hand in your application. It is your responsibility to see to the translation and to pay for the costs.
The cover letter is the attachment you received via email when you registered your application online. Please print it and bring it with you. If you are handing in your application at a Danish embassy, please bring a filled-out application form instead. (www.udi.no/forms)
You must show your original passport or national ID card to the police.
For the past ten years or for the years you have held a permit in Norway if this is less than ten years.
Please fill in, in the application form in the Application Portal, all the trips abroad which you have made in the past ten years, or since you were born or moved to Norway, if that was less than ten years ago. Please count back from today's date.
If there isn't sufficient place in the Application Portal to fill in all your travels, you can hand in an extra sheet of paper.
If you are 15 years or older, you must submit a police certificate of conduct. The type of certificate you need is called «uttømmende politiattest» in Norwegian. You must apply for the certificate yourself and tell the police that you need a «uttømmende politiattest». Information on how to apply, can be found on www.politi.no/tjenester/politiattest/ (external website). Here you will also find information on how long it will take to get your certificate.
If you apply for Norwegian citizenship without having a permanent residence permit or permanent right of residence first, you must also hand in the documents on the checklist for applications for a permanent residence permit or the documents on the checklist for application for permanent right of residence for EU/EEA nationals and their family members.
You must have completed courses in Norwegian and social studies.
The course certificate must show that you have completed the mandatory courses in Norwegian and social studies. You can check how many hours of courses you must complete on the page with information about courses in the Norwegian language for people applying for citizenship.
You must also have passed a Norwegian test and a social studies test.
If you have lost your certificate, you can find information on the website of Skills Norway (external website, opens in new window) about how to get a copy.
If you have lost your certificate, you must contact the place where you took the test in order to get a new one.
You can be exempted from the requirement for having completed Norwegian classes and the requirement for having passed an oral Norwegian test at a minimum of level A2 if you can hand in one of these types of documentation:
This can be the Norskprøve 2 or 3, written and oral, or Bergenstesten, or another oral and written Norwegian test at a minimum level of A2.
You can be exempted from the requirement to have passed the social studies test in Norwegian if you can hand in one of these types of documentation:
This only apply to you if you have stayed in Norway, and held residence permits that were each valid for at least one year, for less than seven years.
Only relevant if one of the parents does not have custody, or somebody besides the parents has custody.
If the parental responsibility is shared, both parents must consent to the child’s application for Norwegian citizenship by signing the child’s application. Both parents must bring ID when they attend the appointment with the police. If only one parent attend the appointment with the police, they must bring the ID (original or copy) of the other parent.
If one of the parents is abroad, he/she must submit a written consent for his/her child becoming Norwegian to the nearest Norwegian embassy, and bring ID.