Guide to waiting time for applications for Norwegian citizenship

In order to tell you how long you have to wait for an answer to your application, we ask you to answer two questions.

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The applicant is a citizen of : Iran

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Information for those who have applied for Norwegian citizenship

Most applicants will wait 17 months from when you handed in your documents to the police until you get an answer to your application. This is also the case for applicants who have shorter residence-period requirements because their income meets the reference threshold.

How long you have to wait may change. Some applications will be automatically processed, and others will be processed earlier because we simultaneously process similar applications.

If UDI has to do additional investigations in your case, it may take longer before you receive a decision.

You will be notified by email or SMS when the police forward your application to UDI.

Automatic processing of the application

After you submit your application to the police, the police will forward your case to UDI. A number of the applications for Norwegian citizenship we receive are processed automatically. If your application is processed automatically, you will usually receive an answer within two months of the date you submitted it.

If you have not received an answer within two months, it is reasonable to assume that your application is not being processed automatically. You will not receive any notification if your application is not being processed automatically. We are not able to tell you whether your application will be processed automatically, and if it will not be processed automatically, we cannot tell you why. If we need any further information from you regarding your application, we will contact you.

Currently, most applications continue to be processed by a case officer. If your application is processed by a case officer, it does not mean that something is wrong with the application, but you will have to wait longer for an answer.

Automatic processing entails that a system uses information we have about you and assesses whether you may be granted Norwegian citizenship without involving a case officer. If you do not meet the conditions for Norwegian citizenship and the automatic process suggests that your application is to be rejected, your case will always be turned over to a case officer for processing.

This information was last updated on 

17 November 2022

. It will be updated again on 

20 December



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