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 during the last 12 months. You cannot have received any financial assistance from NAV during the last 12 months.

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What has your income been in the last 12 months?: less than NOK 246 246

In order to fulfil the requirement to financially support yourself, you must normally have had an income of 

NOK 246 246 pre-tax

 during the last 12 months before you hand in the application to the police, and not received financial assistance from NAV (økonomisk sosialhjelp) during the last 12 months.

Can you fulfil the requirement to financially support yourself if you have not earned enough?

If your income has been less than 

NOK 246 246 pre-tax

 during the last 12 months, you will only meet the requirement if

  • 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 246 246 pre-tax

    , or
  • you have received student loans and grants of at least 

    NOK 123 519 during the last 12 months

and

  • you have not received financial assistance from NAV (økonomisk sosialhjelp) during the last 12 months.

It is accepted, however, if you received one of these types of financial assistance from NAV:

  • financial assistance from NAV (økonomisk sosialhjelp) which you have received for a short period of time to cover additional expenses which you do not normally have. By "short period of time" we normally mean between one and three months.
  • financial assistance from NAV (økonomisk sosialhjelp) while you were waiting for sickness benefit, pregnancy benefit, parental benefit, retirement pension, unemployment benefit, work assessment allowance or support for single parents.
  • housing allowance from Husbanken

Can you be exempted from the requirement to financially support yourself?

You do not need to meet the requirement for income, or the requirement for not having received financial assistance from NAV, if you are in one of the following situations:

  • you are currently a student at lower or upper secondary school and you have the right to lower secondary or upper secondary education according to the Education act ('opplæringslova'). You can be a full time or part time student, and you can for example attend a normal class or an introduction class (‘innføringsklasse’), as long as you have the right to this education. If you are taking subjects as a private candidate (‘privatist’), you must fulfil the income requirements
  • 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 have been given an independent residence permit because you were abused by your spouse or cohabitant
  • 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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