New requirements for those who are going to apply for Norwegian citizenship


From 1 January 2017, those who apply for Norwegian citizenship must have passed an oral Norwegian test at minimum level A2 and a test in social studies in Norwegian. This will be a requirement for everyone between 18 and 67 years old.

Published: 26.10.2016 - Last changed: 19.12.2016

The requirement to pass these test are in addition to the requirement that you must complete tuition in Norwegian or Sami to be able to get a Norwegian citizenship. If you are between 55 and 67 years old, the requirement to complete this tuition is new for you.

The new requirements have been decided by the Norwegian parliament.

Who must meet the requirements?

You must meet the requirements if you

  • handed in your application documents to the police after 1 January 2017 (even if you had filled in the application form in the Application Portal before 1 January), and
  • are between 18 and 67 years old when you hand in your application documents to the police.

Were you not able to get an appointment before the new year?

The UDI is aware that in several police districts there were no available appointments for handing in application documents before 1 January 2017.

You must therefore not meet the requirements if you completed the application form and paid the fee in the Application Portal before 15 December 2016, and were not able to get an appointment to hand in your application documents until after 1 January 2017. (You must have booked the first available appointment.)

If you are under the age of 18 years old or over the age of 67 years old when you hand in your application documents to the police, you do not need to meet the new requirements in any case.

What are the new requirements?

You must

Have you already passed these tests?

If you have already passed the test in social studies in Norwegian, and the oral Norwegian test at a minimum level of A2 when you participated in tuition in the Norwegian language and social studies, you do not need to take them again now.

If you are not sure if you have passed these tests, please contact the municipality (kommune) where you took the tests.

Do you wish to take the tests now?

If you have not already taken the tests, you must take them now. The tests are only held twice a year.

You will find information about the Norwegian tests on the website of Skills Norway (external website).

You will find information about the social studies test at the website of Skills Norway (external website)

The “citizenship test” is a new test. Skills Norway will publish information on their website (external website) when it is possible to sign up for this test.

If you have questions about the tests, you must contact Skills Norway.