Your residence permit must be valid even though you have applied for Norwegian citizenship

  • Unless you have a permanent residence permit or have applied for one, you must remember to renew your temporary residence permit while waiting for your citizenship application to be processed.
  • Your application for citizenship will be rejected if you do not have a valid residence permit – or if you have not submitted an application to renew your temporary residence permit – by the time we process your citizenship application.
  • Your application to renew your residence permit must be submitted before your previous permit expires.

It can take a long time to process an application for Norwegian citizenship. As a consequence, the vast majority of those who apply for Norwegian citizenship without a permanent residence permit, and without having applied for one, will need to renew their temporary permits during this time. If you have applied for a permanent residence permit, however, it is not necessary to apply to renew your residence permit.