Information for those who filled out the forms for citizenship after 5 February 2020

Many of those who have filled out the application form applying for Norwegian citizenship have not been able to book an appointment yet.

Published: 18.05.2020 - Last changed: 28.05.2020

Booking an appointment

In February and the beginning of March it was difficult to book an appointment because there were many who applied at the same time after it became possible to hold dual citizenship.

Due to the corona situation the police stations closed in March and will remain only partially open in the time ahead. In most police districts it is not possible to book an appointment at this time.

For those who live abroad, it is not possible to book an appointment yet.

We ask you to stay updated through the police website for more information (external website), and check in your application if there has become any new appointments available (external website).

Processing the applications

We will not be able to process your case if you have not been to the police yet, or if the police have not sent your case to the UDI.

After you have attended your appointment, the police or the embassy will forward the application to the UDI. You will receive an email when UDI have received your case.

This summer we will start processing some of the applications from those who applied after 5 February. We do not know when you will receive an answer on your application.

Some of the cases will be processed automatically. “Automatic processing” means that a computer uses information that about you to assess whether you can be granted Norwegian citizenship, without a caseworker looking at your case. This is only relevant for those who have applied after 5 February 2020 (and have used the new forms).

Not all cases will be processed automatically. These are examples of cases that will not be processed automatically:

  • If information about you that should have been registered in the national registry is missing. For example: Information about parental responsibility, or if you have previously had Norwegian citizenship.
  • If we need to conduct a thorough examination of your identity. This applies especially if you are from Somalia, Iraq or if you are stateless.
  • If you have asked for certain kinds of excemptions from the requirement to take tests and training in Norwegian language and social studies, for example because you have studied at a university or university college, or because you have a serious or chronic illness.
  • If you have passed Norwegian language tests, but it is not possible for the UDI to retrieve the results automatically from Kompetanse Norge. This is for example the case if you took the tests before 2014, or if you have taken tests at a university or university college (for example the Bergens test or the "trinn 3 eksamen"). 
  • If you have committed legal offenses in Norway or in another country.
  • If you do not have permanent residency, residence permit or permanent right of residence before you apply (this does not apply for previous Norwegian citizens and Nordic citizens).

If your application is being processed by a case worker, it does not mean that there is something wrong with your case. It means that a computer is not able to process your application automatically.

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