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.
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.