Information about the identity clarification programme for Iraqis


The deadline for participating in the identity clarification programme has now expired.

Published: 13.11.2018 - Last changed: 20.10.2020

Iraqis who have a residence permit in Norway even though there has been doubt about their identity and want to become Norwegian citizens, could until 1 September 2020 apply to participate in an identity clarification programme. Unfortunately, it is no longer possible to apply to participate in this programme.

Earlier, you could apply to take part in the programme if

  • you were registered in Norway with the wrong identity, and Norwegian authorities granted you a residence permit before 31 December 2010 even though we had doubts about your identity, and 

  • you believe that you were registered in Norway with your correct identity, and you were granted a residence permit before 31 December 2010 even though Norwegian authorities were in doubt about whether this identity was correct

It was possible to take part in the programme both for those who had previously applied for Norwegian citizenship and been refused and if you had never previously applied for Norwegian citizenship.

Many of you contact us to ask about your case

We know that many of you have been waiting for a long time, and we understand that it's challenging to wait. UDI and the police have a close collaboration on the identity clarification programme. It is a comprehensive job, and it takes time to decide the outcome in these cases. Also, the corona situation has created major, unforeseen delays in the work. The cases are a priority, and we work continuously with these cases, but it may still take a long time. 

You will receive an answer as soon as possible. Unfortunately, we cannot give any concrete information about the waiting time. You don't need to contact us or urge on the matter, as we cannot give you more information than the one written here. We will contact you if we need more documents from you or as soon as your case has been processed.

Information about the programme

  • Who can apply to take part in the programme?

  • Who could not apply to take part in the programme?

  • How to apply to take part in the programme

  • You cannot leave Norway while you are waiting for your identity to be changed

  • You can apply even though you do not fulfill all the requirements for Norwegian citizenship

  • What happens after you have applied?

  • How long must you wait?

  • What consequences will it have for you if your identity is clarified and changed?

  • Have you taken part in the pilot programme?

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