Requirements for being granted a permanent residence permit

Persons who can be exempted from one of more of the requirements

  • Spouses and cohabitants of Norwegian citizens who are employed by a Norwegian embassy or consulate are exempt from the requirement for three years' residence in Norway and from the requirement for tuition in the Norwegian language.
  • Persons who do not meet the condition for three years' residence in Norway can, in some cases, be granted permanent residence if, during the past year, they have held a residence permit that forms the basis for a permanent residence permit, and
    • they have stayed in Norway for a long time (eight to ten years) holding residence permits, or
    • they have lived for a long time on Svalbard, or
    • there are particularly strong grounds of reasonableness.