Requirement to financially support yourself in order to get a permanent residence permit


If you are between 18 and 67 years old and are going to apply for a permanent residence permit, you must have had your own income and cannot have received social security benefits during the last 12 months.

What does it mean to "financially support yourself"? 

  • You must meet the requirement for income (see below) or meet the requirements for an exemption. It must be your own income. You cannot include your spouse’s or other family member’s income. You may also not include money that has been given to you or money in your bank account. 

  • You must meet the requirement of not having received social security benefits the last 12 months (see below).   

The requirement for income 

You must have had an income of at least NOK 242 966 pre-tax in total during the last 12 months. These types of incomes are approved: 

  • income from employment

  • business income (from your own company) 

  • pension payments or permanent periodical benefits, for example  earned interest and regular income from insurance settlements, contractual pensions, personal pension schemes, income from life insurance, rental income.  

  • sickness benefit, pregnancy benefit, parental benefit, retirement pension, unemployment benefit, work assessment allowance, single parents benefit. 

  • loans or grants received in connection with studies 

  • introduction benefit 

You can have one or more of these types of income, but your total income must be at least NOK 242 966 pre-taxOther types of income from NAV are not approved.

You also meet the requirement if you are in one of the following situations: 

  • you have held a full-time job for the last 12 months and you were payed the legal minimum wages, even if this is less than NOK 242 966 pre-tax 

  • you have received student loans and grants of at least NOK 111 657 during the last 12 months   

The requirement that you have not received social security benefits 

It is a requirement that you have not received social security benefits from NAV during the last 12 months.   

It is accepted, however, if you received one of these types of social security benefits: 

  • supplementary social support 

  • social security benefits while you were waiting for sickness benefit, pregnancy benefit, parental benefit, retirement pension, unemployment benefit, work assessment allowance or support for single parents. 

  • housing benefits  

What if my income changes after I submitted my application?  

When we process your application we will calculate your income for the last 12 months before you submitted your application for a permanent residence permit. 

If you, at the time you submitted your application, met both the income requirement and the requirement for not having received social security benefits during the last 12 months, it will not matter if your income changes afterwards.  

Who does not need to meet the requirement? 

You do not need to meet the requirement for income, or the requirement for not having received social security benefits, if you are in one of the following situations: 

  • you are a student at lower or upper secondary school 

  • you have been a full-time student at university college or university level for the last 12 months 

  • you receive a disability pension from NAV 

  • you were unable to work, or you were only able to work less than 50 % of a full-time position, during the last 12 months because you are sick or have an injury  

  • you are under 18 years old when we process your application 

  • you are 67 years old or older when we process your application  

The UDI may also consider whether you can be exempted from the requirements if you can document that it is very unreasonable to require you to support yourself financially. Exemptions will only be granted in exceptional circumstances. 

Do you not meet the requirements?

If you do not meet one or both of these requirements, and are not in one of the groups that do not need to meet the requirements, you should wait before you to apply for a permanent residence permit. 

If your current residence permit will expire before you meet the requirement, you must instead renew your current residence permit. Please remember to apply in plenty of time before your residence permit expires.

If you apply for a permanent residence permit  even though you do not meet the requirements, the application may be rejected If it is rejected, the UDI or the police will renew your residence permit instead, if you fulfil the requirements for this.   

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