Calculating the residence period for permanent residence permits


If you are going to apply for a permanent residence permit, you must ensure that your residence period in Norway is long enough and that your stay has been continuous.

What does it mean that your stay must be continuous?

In order for the stay to be deemed to have been continuous:

  • you must not have been without a residence permit for more than three months in total during the past three years. Stays without residence permits are reckoned from the date when your residence permit expired until you submitted an application for a new residence permit.
  • As a rule, you cannot have stayed outside Norway for a total of more than seven months during the past three years. If you hold a residence permit as a skilled worker, you can stay outside of Norway for up to 15 months provided that you can document that at least eight months of the stay are due to work-related travel on assignment for your employer.

What date will the residence period be reckoned from?

  • If you were staying in Norway when you applied for your first residence permit forming the basis for a permanent residence permit, the residence period is reckoned from the date on which your residence permit was granted (the decision date).
  • If you were granted your first residence permit before you entered Norway, your residence period is deemed to have started on the date when you reported to the police.
  • If you have been granted asylum, your residence period is deemed to have started on the date when you applied for asylum.
  • If you are a resettlement refugee, your residence period is deemed to have started on the date when you arrived in Norway.