How to get a residence card if you applied before 16 April 2021

What is a residence card?

The residence card confirms that you have been granted a permanent residence permit in Norway. The card also states that you are entitled to travel freely in the Schengen area. The residence card is not proof of identity, and you must still bring your passport when you travel.

If you are an EU/EEA national, you will not be issued a residence card.

How to get the residence card

If you are under the age of 18, your parents/guardian must accompany you to the police.  

What happens when you go to the police?

The police will take your fingerprints and photo, and will then order your residence card. 

How long will it take until you get the card?

It will take at least 20 working days from your appointment with the police until you receive the card in the post. Please check that you are registered with the correct postal address and that your name is on your letter box. If not, the card will not reach you. If the card is lost in the mail, it will take another ten working days until you can get a new one. 

If you are planning trips abroad, you should therefore make sure there is plenty of time between your appointment with the police and your planned departure date. 

Remember to renew the card

The residence card will be valid for two years. Please remember to order a new residence card before the old one expires.