Children over the age of 12 who apply on their own

If you have registered as an EU/EEA national with the police in Norway and you live here on a permanent basis, you can apply for Norwegian citizenship. You must meet the requirements for registration both when you apply for Norwegian citizenship and while your application is being processed.

Your parents must apply

Since you are under the age of 18, your parents, or the parent who has sole parental responsibility for you, must apply for Norwegian citizenship on your behalf. If your parents are dead or have forfeited their parental responsibility, your guardian has to submit the application.

If you are over the age of 12, you have to consent to an application for Norwegian citizenship being submitted on your behalf.

Requirements for Norwegian citizenship

  • 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 have permanently residence when you apply for Norwegian citizenship and when the application is processed.
  • You must have resided in Norway for a total of five years during the last seven years. For the last three years, you must have had a right of residence.
    • You must have resided in Norway continuously for the past three years. This means that you may not have stayed abroad for more than two months per calendar year during the last three years. This applies regardless of whether you have a permanent right of residence or not.
    • To have a right of residence, you must have worked, studied or been reunited with an EU/EEA citizen with a right of residence in Norway for the entire three-year period. Applicants who do not have or do not meet the conditions for permanent right of residence cannot have been without a right of residence for more than two months in total during the last three years. "The last three years" are calculated from the date UDI makes a decision on your citizenship application.
    • In addition to these three years, you must have two more years of residence, so that you have a total of at least five years of residence the last seven years. During these two additional years, you must have resided in Norway with a right of residence or with residence permits of at least one year's duration.
    • Read more about how to calculate the length of your residence period.
  • If you over the age of 15 years: You must order a criminal record certificate (external website), which you must hand in with the application. The certificate cannot be more than three months old when you meet for your appointment with the police to submit the application documents. Therefore, you must wait to apply for a criminal record certificate until you know when you have an appointment with the police. If you already have a criminal record certificate that is older than three months, you must apply for a new certificate before you have your appointment. If you have been convicted or fined by the police or if you are under investigation for a criminal offence, you might have to wait longer to become a Norwegian citizen.
  • From 1 January 2020, you are not required to give up your original citizenship to become a Norwegian citizen. You can have one or more citizenships in addition to a Norwegian citizenship. However, if the country you are a citizen of now does not allow you to have more than one citizenship, you may still lose this citizenship when you become a Norwegian citizen.

    You must make sure what the rules are in your current country of citizenship. You can, for example, look for information on an official website which belongs to the authorities in that country or ask an embassy.

    You do not have to inform Norwegian authorities that you wish to keep your previous citizenship.