If you are not already in Norway when your application is granted, you can now travel to Norway.
First, you must check whether you need a visa to enter Norway. Please check whether you need a visa.
You can travel to Norway at any time within the deadline stated in your decision (normally six months).
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 your residence card.
If you are under the age of 18, your parents or guardian must accompany you to the police.
If you used the Application Portal to register your application, you can now log in to the Application Portal to book an appointment (external website).
If you did not use the Application Portal Norway 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.
The police will take your fingerprints and photo, and will then order your residence 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 to abroad, you should therefore make sure there is plenty of time between your appointment with the police and your planned departure date.
If you have not received your residence card by mail or if you have any questions about residence cards, you must contact the local police office where you applied for a residence card. (external website)
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.
If you have applied from Norway, it may be that you can get your residence card without meeting at the police station again. If this applies to you, the police will send you the residence card in the mail. This means that you do not have to book an appointment. Read below who must book an appointment.
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 must attend an appointment with the police to get a residence card, and you can book the appointment in the application portal. Some police districts have long waiting time and it can be difficult to find available appointments. If you cannot find any available appointments in the application portal, it means that all the appointments have been booked. The police will regularly make new appointments available, so please keep checking for available appointments. You will find answers to frequently asked questions regarding booking an appointment here (external website).
If you have been granted a residence permit that gives you the right to study or work, and you have booked an appointment with the police to order a residence card, you can start studying or working now even if you have not received a residence card yet.
If it is not possible to book an appointment with the police, you must contact UDI by phone or e-mail to report that you are in Norway and will start your studies or work. You still have to meet with the police to order a residence card when this becomes possible.
The above also applies to you if you are going to work as an au pair in Norway.
When you meet at the police to order a residence card, we notify the Tax Administration that you have been granted a residence permit. The Tax Administration decides whether you will be given a d-number or a national identity number.
About two weeks after you met at the police, you will receive a letter from the Tax Administration with your national identity number or your d number.
If you have changed your address in Norway since you applied for a residence permit, you must inform the police about this when you meet there, so that the correct residence address is registered in the National Registry.
If you have questions about tax deduction cards because you are going to work in Norway, you will find information on the Tax Administration's website about how foreign citizens apply for tax deduction cards (external website).
If you received a d-number when you should have received a national identity number, you must contact the National Registry (external website).
To find out which family members can apply to come and live with you in Norway, see family immigration.
You are entitled to different types of health care (external website) depending on your situation.
If you move from Norway before your residence permit has expired, you can notify us. The UDI can revoke (cancel) you permit from the date you leave Norway. This may be in your interest, because you then will be able to document to other Schengen-countries that you no longer have a residence permit in Norway. If you apply for a visitor’s visa to another Schengen country while you still hold a valid residence permit in Norway, you can risk not being granted a visitor’s visa.
This is how you notify us:
1. Write a letter and explain that you have moved from Norway. Ask the UDI to revoke the rest of your residence permit. Write the date you left Norway and your postal address abroad.
2. Remember to write your full name, and your DUF-number or your Norwegian national identity number
3. Sign the letter
4. Send the signed letter by mail or upload the letter to the UDI through the form for sending additional documents to the UDI (external website, opens in new window).
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:
Here you will find more information about revoking a residence permit.