Frequently asked questions about staying in Norway without applying for protection (asylum)
I am in Norway with an expiring visitor visa. Can I stay in Norway?
A visitor visa can never be extended beyond 90 days. If you have a visitor visa that is expiring, you must return home. If you are in Norway longer than allowed, this can lead to you being deported from Norway/Schengen.
If you qualify to apply for a residence permit in Norway, you can apply before your visa expires. As a general rule, you must be a skilled worker to be able to apply from Norway.
For applications for family immigration, there are separate rules for applying from Norway. Follow the guide on this page to read about the requirements to be approved for family immigration and whether you can hand in the application in Norway.
My residence permit expires and cannot be renewed. Can I stay in Norway?
If you have a residence permit that expires, you must as a general rule return home. If you qualify for a different residence permit than the one you currently have, you can apply from Norway if you are a skilled worker or have had a valid residence permit for the last 9 months. The application for a new residence permit must be submitted before your current permit expires.
If you have not applied for a new residence permit before the expiry of the permit, and you do not leave before the deadline for leaving the country, this may result in you being expelled from Norway/Schengen.
I am in Norway and my temporary residence permit is about to expire. May I apply to renew my permit?
Russian citizens with renewable residence permits may apply to have their permits renewed. These applications will be processed according to the standard procedure.
May I apply for a work immigration permit while in Norway?
There are no changes to the application procedure or the rules for obtaining a permit for work immigration to Norway.
I have applied for protection, may I apply for a work immigration permit as a skilled worker?
You cannot apply for a permit as a skilled worker if you have previously applied for protection.
I am in Norway with a permanent residence permit or want to apply for Norwegian citizenship. Are there any changes in the rules that affect me?
There are no changes in rules or political signals from the Norwegian authorities indicating that Russian citizens with a permanent residence permit will be sent back to Russia. If you have a permanent residence permit, you keep this according to the ordinary rules.
You can also apply for Norwegian citizenship if you meet the conditions and wish to apply. From the Norwegian authorities' side, there are no restrictions on the possibility of having dual citizenship. As the situation is now, the war does not affect the status of Russian citizens who are in Norway.