Requirements to get Norwegian citizenship if you have held a Norwegian passport without being a Norwegian citizen

In addition to the fact that you do not need to have a residence permit in Norway, you also do not need to meet the requirements for a permanent residence permit. As a general rule, you have to meet the other requirements to get Norwegian citizenship. You do not have to pay a fee to have your application for Norwegian citizenship processed.

Requirements for Norwegian citizenship

  • You must have clarified your identity. As a main rule, you are required to have presented a passport. 
  • You must be over the age of 12.
  • You must be residing in Norway and intend to continue living here in the future.
  • You must be a permanent resident when you apply for Norwegian citizenship and when the application is being processed.
  • If you are between 18 and 67 years old, you must meet the following requirements:

Certain groups have shorter residence requirements:

  • If you have sufficient income, you must have resided in Norway for a total of six of the past ten years.
  • If you were born in Norway or came here before you reached the age of 18, there is a shorter residence period requirement. You must have stayed in Norway for a total of five out of the past seven years.
  • If you are married, a registered partner or cohabiting with a Norwegian citizen with whom you still live, five years of residence are required during the last ten years. The time you have lived with your Norwegian spouse, registered partner or cohabitant and the time you have stayed in Norway must be a total of at least seven years.
  • Children of a parent who has been granted Norwegian citizenship must have lived in Norway for the last two years, and the child does not need to have reached the age of 12. If the child is under two years old, there is no requirement for a period of residence.

It is possible to make exceptions to some of the requirements above if there are strong reasons in your case. This means that it may be possible to get an exemption from the requirement to be residing in Norway now and intending to reside in Norway in the future.