Calculating the marriage period in citizenship cases


How to calculate your marriage period to apply for Norwegian citizenship.

What is the marriage period?

The marriage period is the time you have been the spouse, registered partner or cohabitant of a Norwegian citizen.

How do I calculate the marriage period?

  • The marriage period is reckoned from the day when you married/registered as partners/cohabitants. 
  • However, you can only include time when you and your spouse/partner/cohabitant have actually lived together.
  • Whether you got married in Norway or abroad is irrelevant. 
  • If your spouse was not a Norwegian citizen at the time of your marriage, the marriage period is reckoned from the date on which your spouse was granted Norwegian citizenship. 
  • You must still be married, registered partners or cohabitants when we make a decision in your case.

The residence period and the marriage period can run concurrently

You can add together your residence period and marriage period.

Example of calculation of residence period and marriage period if you are from a country outside the EU/EEA area

If you have lived in Norway for four years with residence permits that were valid for at least one year each, and you have been married to and lived with a Norwegian citizen for three of these years, your residence period and marriage period will total seven years. You will then fulfil the residence requirement. 

Example of calculation of residence period and marriage period if you are an EU/EEA national

If you have lived in Norway for four years while meeting the requirements for registering as an EEA national, and you have been married to and lived with a Norwegian citizen for three of these years, your residence period and marriage period will total seven years. You will then fulfil the residence requirement.