The Storting has decided to shorten the required residence time to be granted Norwegian citizenship for applicants with sufficient income. For some applicants, the required residence time will be longer than it is today.
In the consultation on the amendment to the law and regulations, the Ministry has proposed that sufficient income corresponds to at least three times the basic amount in the National Insurance Scheme. Income and benefits are included in ordinary income in the tax settlement. This amounts to NOK 319 997 pr. 1 May 2021.
The changes apply from 1 January 2022. The requirement of eight years of residence time will apply to persons who register their application in the Application Portal on 1 January 2022 or later. Therefore, this change does not apply to you who have already registered or sent the application for citizenship.
The requirement of six years of residence time if you have sufficient income applies from 1 January 2022. It will also apply to you who apply before 1 January 2022 if the UDI processes the application on 1 January 2022 or later. This will also apply to you who apply on 1 January 2022 or later.
You will find more information about the bill on the government’s website (external website).