New requirement of residency for permanent residence permit

Some people must have lived in Norway for five years to obtain a permanent residence permit. The Storting has decided this.

Published: 10.12.2020 - Last changed: 18.12.2020

The requirement of five years of residency applies to those who:

  • have residency after applying for protection (asylum)
  • come to Norway as resettlement refugees
  • have residence due to strong human considerations
  • have family immigration with any of the groups above

Please note! If the reference person has been granted a permanent residence permit or has become a Norwegian citizen, the requirement will still be three years of residency.

The changes apply from 1 December 2020. Therefore, the changes will not apply to you who, no later than 1 December 2020, already had three years of residence for a residence permit (even if you have not applied yet), as long as you apply no later than 1 February 2021.

Suppose you filled the requirement for three years of residence no later than 1 December 2020. In that case, it is sufficient that the application for permanent residence is registered in the application portal no later than 1 February 2021 and that you choose the first available appointment with the police to submit your application. Due to the corona situation, the police have limited capacity. Therefore, it is okay that the first available appointment you get to book ends up on a date after 1 February 2021. In some police districts, you can not book an appointment to submit an application for a permanent residence permit, but wait for a message from the police and then upload your documents digitally. Even then, it is enough that the application is registered online no later than 1 February 2021, even if the police contact you after 1 February. At (external website), you will find information about what applies in your case.

To obtain a permanent residence permit, you must meet all requirements when we process your application. We therefore recommend that you do not apply for a permanent residence permit if your prospects of meeting the requirements is a long time away, but that you instead apply for renewal of the residence permit if that's the case.

If you have not been living three years in Norway for a permanent residence permit on 1 December 2020, the requirement of five years of residence will still apply to you if you are in one of the groups listed above. This also applies to applications registered before 1 December 2020 and applications that are already being processed.

For everyone else that is not listed above, the requirement of three years' residency for a permanent residence permit still applies.

Here you can read more about the requirements that apply to a permanent residence permit.

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