You can lose your permanent residence permit if you stay abroad for too long.
If you are going to stay outside Norway for more than two years and wish to keep your permanent residence permit, you must apply for permission.
In very special circumstances you can keep your permanent residence permit even if you have stayed abroad for two years or more. You must fill these four requirements:
You must contact Norwegian authorities as soon as this is practically possible after you were unable to return against your will, and give information about your situation.
The exemption does not cover children who, against their will, have been unable to return or unmarried persons over the age of 18 who have been kept from returning by their parents or others.
If, during the application process, you have provided incorrect/incomplete information, or if you have intentionally withheld important information, and this was very important to the decision to grant your application, we can revoke your permanent residence permit.
If you are convicted of a serious criminal offence in Norway or abroad, you can lose your residence permit and be expelled from Norway. This also applies if we learn that you have committed war crimes.
UDI will consider whether you will be expelled and lose your refugee status.
If you have refugee status and voluntarily have travelled to your home country, UDI will consider whether you will lose your residence permit. We will then assess the reason why you travelled to your home country to determine what will happen to your residence permit.
When UDI considers whether you will lose your permanent residence permit, we always consider if you can be granted a different kind of residence permit.
If you lose your permanent residence permit, but you are not granted a new residence permit on other grounds, you must leave Norway.
This happens when we consider if you will lose your permanent residence permit:
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