What will happen if Brexit happens on 31 October?

The situation for UK citizens in Norway will depend on whether the UK leaves the EU with or without a deal.

Published: 27.06.2016 - Last changed: 15.10.2019

What is the situation until Brexit?  

As long as the UK is still a member of the EU, the rules for UK citizens who visit, live in and work in Norway will remain the same as before. You must use the registration scheme for EU/EEA nationals if you are going to stay here for more than three months, and you can apply for permanent right of residence if you have lived here for at least five years. We recommend all UK citizens to make sure that they have been registered correctly.

As soon at the UK has decided when they will leave the EU, and whether they will make a deal with the EU, we will publish new information here on our website.

What happens if the UK leaves EU without a deal (“No deal”)

The rules will be different depending on whether you came to Norway before or after Brexit.

If you came to Norway before Brexit

If you came to Norway and fulfilled the requirements for staying in Norway before Brexit, and still fulfil these requirements, you will have the right to continue your stay in Norway. If you have not already registered with the police, you must do so now.

Norway will create a new type of residence permit for UK citizens who moved to Norway before Brexit. When the application form for this is ready, you must fill it in on our website, and attend a new appointment with the police.

It is not possible to apply for this new type of residence permit yet. You will be given plenty of time to apply. In the meantime, you will have the right to stay in Norway as before.

This is both the case for those who had a residence permit or used the registration scheme for EU/EEA nationals before Brexit, and for those who came to Norway before Brexit but where unable to attend an appointment to register with the police before Brexit. This will also be the case for your closest family members.

If you are travelling out of and into Norway before you get the new type of residence permit, you can use documents which you have previously been given by Norwegian authorities when passing border control. If you have a registration certificate or permanent residence certificate (the letter you received from the police or the UDI when you registered or was given permanent right of residence), you can use this. If you do not have any of these documents, you can order a residence certificate in Altinn (external website). While you are in Norway, you can leave this documentation at home, but you may be asked to fetch it.

If you come to Norway after Brexit

If you are moving to Norway after Brexit, you must apply for a residence permit according to the rules for those who are citizens of a country outside the EU/EEA (“third country regulations”). These are the same rules that for example US citizens must follow. There are different types of residence permit: residence permit for work, residence permit for family immigration, residence permit for studies and residence permit for au pairs. If you already know that you are going to move to Norway straight after Brexit, you may consider whether you would like to apply for such a residence permit now.

After Brexit you will still be able to visit Norway for up to 90 days without a visa or residence permit, but you will normally not be able to work while you are on a visit. If you are going to work, you must normally apply for a residence permit.

What will happen if the UK leaves the EU with a deal?

If the UK parliament and the EU parliament agrees a deal which includes a transition period, there will be a transition period for UK citizens who already lives in or are moving to Norway until 31 December 2020. This means that there will be no changes in the rights for UK citizens and their family members during this period.

More information on the Norwegian government website

You can find up-to-date information from Norwegian authorities on the Norwegian government's website, where you can read more about what Brexit means for UK citizens in Norway (external website) and about Norway and Brexit (external website) (in Norwegian language only).

As soon at the UK has decided when they will leave the EU, and whether they will make a deal with the EU, we will publish new information here on our website about the new regulations and how to apply.


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