To be issued a residence card, you must go to the police in the place where you live. You have to book an appointment in advance.
If you are under the age of 18, your parents/guardian must accompany you to the police.
You can call your local police district to book an appointment. You cannot call UDI to book an appointment.
The police will take your fingerprints and photo, and will then order your residence card.
It will take at least ten 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 to abroad, you should therefore make sure there is plenty of time between your appointment with the police and your planned departure date.
A residence card is a plastic card in credit card format that proves that you have been granted a residence permit in Norway. The police will order a residence card for you.
Some applicants can get their residence card without meeting with the police again. If this applies to you, the police will send you the residence card in the mail, and you do not need to book an appointment. Read below who must meet with the police to get a residence card.
I have applied for protection (asylum) for the first time and have been granted a residence permit
If you have applied for asylum for the first time with the police, the police will contact you and give you an appointment. You must meet with the police, but you do not have to book an appointment yourself.
I have applied for a renewal of my residence permit, or I have applied for derived refugee status
You must book an appointment if you have a Norwegian alien's passport or travel document for refugees that has expired and that you have not already given to the police.
You should not book an appointment if you handed in your old travel document to the police when you applied. You also do not need to book an appointment if you have applied for derived refugee status and receive a travel document for the first time. The police will send the residence card to you in the mail.
Booking an appointment in the Application Portal:
If you used the Application Portal to register your application, you can now log in here to book the appointment (external website).
Booking an appointment by phone:
If you did not use the Application Portal when you applied for a residence permit, you must instead call your local police district to book an appointment. You cannot call the UDI to book an appointment.
You will be settled in a municipality. The Directorate of Integration and Diversity (IMDi) is responsible for finding a place for you to live.
The police will order a National ID number for you. You do not have to do anything to get this.
To open a bank account in Norway, you must have the following:
Examples of valid identification are:
The bank can ask for more documentation of your identity before they are able to give you a bank account. This is because they have to be certain of who you are.
See also information from Finance Norway on how to open a bank account (external website).
There are several types of bank cards. Most people get a bank card without a photograph when they open a bank account.
More stringent rules apply to obtain a bank card with a photograph. You will usually be required to hold a Norwegian passport. The banks can, after a concrete assessment, also accept a foreign passport, immigrant’s passport and valid documents for refugees. In addition, you must provide documentation of legal residence in Norway.
Contact the bank for more information about what is needed to obtain a bank card.
You must remember to apply for a renewal of your residence permit from Norway. It is a requirement that you submit your application for renewal to Norway's police in person. If you have travelled from Norway and are abroad when your permit expires, your application will usually not be processed. This applies if you have been granted a residence permit after applying for protection (asylum) in Norway.
However, in exceptional cases, UDI will consider if you can have your application for renewal processed, even if the application is handed in to a Norwegian embassy or diplomatic mission. For UDI to consider this, it must be circumstances beyond your control that prevented you from returning to Norway to deliver your application for
If you believe you meet the conditions for other residence permits, we recommend applying for that. If you have family members in Norway, you can read about family immigration requirements at UDI.no.
In some cases, you may lose your residence permit.
Losing a permit means that the UDI has decided that the residence permit is no longer valid. It may mean that you are no longer allowed to live in Norway or that you will be granted a new residence permit, and your residence period in Norway will restart.
There may be different reasons why you lose your residence permit, for example, if you: