Requirements for being granted a permanent residence permit
- You must pay an application fee.
- You must have resided in Norway continuously for the past three years. For some groups, it is a requirement that you have stayed continuously in Norway for the past five years.
- You must have held residence permits that form the basis for a permanent residence permit.
- If you have been granted protection (asylum), the time you have had a residence permit will be counted from the date when you applied for asylum.
You must meet the requirements for your residence permit for the entire period that applies to you. If you for example is a skilled worker that have had a job and income for the entire period. If you for example have had family migration as a spouse, you must have lived together with your spouse the whole period.
When you apply for a permanent residence permit, you must hold a valid residence permits, and still meet the requirements for the one you hold.
You must financially support yourself. This means that youmust fulfill the requirement for income for the last 12 months and that you cannot have received financial assistance from NAV (økonomisk sosialhjelp) during the last 12 months.
- You cannot have been convicted of a criminal offence or been ordered to undergo enforced psychiatric treatment or care.
- You must normally have completed mandatory tuition in the Norwegian language and social studies and pass the concluding tests, or document that you have been granted exemptions by the municipality (applies if you are between the ages of 16 and 67).
- If you have received a final assessment grade in Norwegian at upper secondary school or upper secondary school, you do not need to take a separate course in Norwegian and social studies, but you must apply to the municipality for an exemption from the requirement for education in Norwegian and social studies. It is not sufficient to present a diploma from the upper secondary school or upper secondary school.
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.